Ambitious about Autism is a UK national charity dedicated to improving opportunities for young people on the Autistic Spectrum, including those with autism or Asperger syndrome.
Autism Exchange is a work experience programme for autistic young people aged 18-25. The programme offers access to paid opportunities throughout the year in leading organisations and companies.
The programme was established back in 2015 in partnership with the UK Civil Service. The programme has achieved successful placements in many companies and provided tailored careers advice and support – before, during and after each work placement for its interns.
You can find out more about the programme, hear perspectives from its interns and see what the employers involved have learned from the programme in the video below
Supported internships are courses aimed at young people aged 16-25, who have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan and want to move into work but need extra support to do so.
Benefits of supported internships
The internships are a great opportunity for young people with autism to combine work with their education. Other benefits include:
- learning new skills that could be used in future employment
- building confidence and life skills
- increase social networks.
How do supported internships work?
Ambitious College is working with the Whittington Hospital to support interns to develop workplace skills. The role is based at the hospital and will be five days per week for an academic year.
Supported internships also benefit employers who learn what young people with additional needs can contribute and achieve.
You can find out more about programme by downloading our fact sheet for interns and parents.
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Find out more about our Supported internships
If you would like more information about the Supported internship programme, please contact our Admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: ‘Supported internships’.
Other ways autistic job seekers can get involved with Ambitious about Autism work, building skills and experience:
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How Employ Autism works
Ambitious about Autism are creating regional Employ Autism networks across the UK. Each one will link with local partners to provide paid internships to autistic people.
Through the programme, they will provide tailored training, resources and ongoing mentorship to partner employers, and careers and employability professionals. Participants will benefit from building their confidence, and as a result of this training and support, we can ensure that we can increase the number of autistic people in full time, paid employment.
The Employ Autism Network are leading the charge to change to workforce systems so that autistic people are visible, with a focus on their abilities strengths.
As an Employ Autism network partner, you and your business can access many programme benefits, including:
- employers, and careers and employability professionals receive expert training on autism
- tailored advice and support for employers in making adaptations to recruitment processes
- ongoing support for employers throughout the placement and beyond
- association with a cutting-edge and award-winning programme promoting diversity and inclusion
- joint promotion and media opportunities
- network with employers, careers and employability professionals, organisations and policymakers.
The Employ Autism network will be rigorously evaluated throughout, to encourage replication and influence policy and practice. This way, they can increase the percentage of autistic people in full-time employment and enable workplaces to become truly neurodiverse.
In today’s ever-changing and competitive business environment, building a diverse workforce can bring big benefits. There’s a huge opportunity for organisations, large and small, to access an untapped talent pool drawing on the unique set of skills and strengths autistic people have to offer a prospective employer. Read below to find out more.
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