What is Employment Works for Autism?
The Surrey Choices’ Employment Works for Autism programme is designed to support autistic people to find or maintain paid work. The programme is delivered by Surrey Choices EmployAbility team who have over 25 years experience in supporting disabled people into work.
What is the aim of this programme?
This programme is designed to develop a person’s skills to enable them to contribute to their local communities by increasing their confidence to get involved either in paid work or volunteering.
What does the programme involve?
The programme helps develop social and other skills needed for work by providing a work experience placement with support on hand with a 1:1 mentor who will be provide support with:
- Career guidance
- Job seeking and job applications
- Job Coaching
- Access to Job Clubs
- On-going support once a job has been found
Note: Due to Covid-19 restrictions some or all of this activity may take place on-line during periods of lockdown or other restrictions.
Successful applicants will be in unpaid work placements for up to three days per week for approximately six months in roles tailored around their skills, aspirations and location.
During the placement each person will be treated like every other employee, although reasonable adjustments will be made if necessary and there will be access to job coaching and other support.
Recruiting managers from employers for the work experience will have the opportunity to interview candidates (or do a work taster) to ascertain their suitability and ensure candidates apply for suitable roles- so no role is guaranteed.
There may be financial support available to purchase any essential items needed to undertake the job eg clothing, equipment or reasonable travel costs.
The project is open to any job seeker with an Autistic Spectrum condition, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or other Neurodiversity conditions. Whatever their age, ability or previous work experience, priority will be given to those who can demonstrate a commitment to finding work.
Applications will be shortlisted for suitability, and it is also a condition of the funding that candidates must be registered job seekers on Universal Credit.
Applications will not be accepted from candidates already on other JobCentre plus supported work programmes.
As there are only 25 places available on this project which ends in December 2021 the programme is expected to be oversubscribed.
How to Apply
Applications can be made by contacting:
Phone: 01483 806806
Text: 07860 020130