Autism at Work is the National Autistic Society’s flagship employment programme that aims to bridge the gap between skills shortages in industry and talented autistic candidates.

Through this programme, we support employers across a wide range of industries to create accessible job opportunities and to support candidates to access those opportunities. These opportunities could be in the form of:

  • Paid internships
  • Apprenticeships
  • Paid roles (standard roles within the business) 

We also support candidates to prepare for, and succeed in their employment.

Our aim is to engage with employers to provide employment opportunities

Why join our Autism at Work programme?

We have a proven track record of working with employers:

  • National reach
  • 2000+ employers trained in 2018
  • We have designed programmes for Proctor & Gamble, Ernst & Young, Lloyds Banking Group, BT and others
  • 116 volunteer-run branches, 80 social care services and 8 schools (reach people in every county)

We campaign to improve public understanding, develop professional practices, and shaping government policies benefits a huge amount of autistic people and their families

Here are some testimonials of employment services that have positive experiences of our Autism at Work programme:


NAS workplace support was invaluable both for our staff with autism and for their line managers. For the staff it helped them to better understand the effects of their autism, both in and out of work, and gave the strategies to manage these impacts. For managers it gave them a better understanding of the actual impact of autism on a day to day basis, and someone with experience who could offer honest advice to better manage staff to get the best from them.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT & SOCIAL CARE OMBUDSMAN 

 

Examples of neurodiverse skills and abilities

Each autistic person will bring their own unique skillset and experience to work placements. Here is a list of some additional skills and abilities that you may benefit from when hiring a more diverse workforce:

  • Different perspective 
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong technical skills
  • Methodical and logical
  • Identifying things that might be missed by others
  • Creative thinking
  • Problem solving
  • New skills and insights
  • Enormous quantities of determination and tenacity 

Businesses are currently missing out on a huge pool of undiscovered talent as autistic employees have a huge amount to offer. This is something that could really make a difference to you, especially at this time of political uncertainty.

If you are interested in being part of our flagship Autism at Work programme to bridge the gap between skills shortages in industries and talented autistic candidates, please contact us here: enterprise.team@nas.org.uk