Working Futures joins Step Into Work
We know that…
The main barriers to employment for people with autism are difficulties with communication and social interaction. Many just do not understand the unwritten rules of work and what constitutes acceptable behaviour in the work place.
Failure to secure employment can lead to a growing awareness of disability and a sense of being different from peer groups, increased isolation, raised anxiety levels and an inability to form relationships or take part in social activities successfully.
Yet, given the support and guidance they need, people with autism are very good at certain types of work and long to be given the opportunity to prove themselves.
How we can help
We want to help open doors with employers who have no idea how capable, dependable, honest and reliable people with autism can be in the right job with the right support.
As part of a detailed programme we can offer work experience placements in these broad sectors:
- Motor Vehicles
- Manual Work
- Tea/Coffee Shops
- Window Cleaning
Detailed programmes are now available
Our tailored programme comprises 8 weeks at the Step into Work centre, with a minimum 8 weeks work placement, followed by a 4 week review programme at the centre.
During your 8 weeks here you will be part of a team accessing modules such as, computers, social and business skills, interview tips and techniques as well as job searching.
You will work together with the placement officer to find you a tailor made, fully supported, minimum 8 week work placement. A four week review period completes your tailored week programme.
An Employer’s Opinion
“I knew very little about autism and Asperger’s Syndrome until we employed Kelly, however, she has been with us for ten months and she has excelled in the role; she is conscientious, hard-working & honest.
Both staff and customers are aware of her particular needs and we have had no problems whatsoever, indeed, I think many of our customers think more highly of the company because of it. “
RUTH SETZ, Owner, Setz Hairdressing