Talented autistic duo get roles with us
21 June 2017
A work experience pilot for young people on the autistic spectrum has led to employment with us for two of them.
We ran a number of two-week pilots and Will Hattingh and Tim Davis shone.
Ed Jakeman, BT General Manager Service and Opperations says: “Autistic people are often good at solving puzzles and programming. But even we were surprised at just how good they are.
“Will and Tim showed such aptitude when they were on our pilot scheme, picking up the work very quickly.”
Fraser Macleod, BT Service Operations is our autistic lead and is on hand to help Will and Tim.
He says: “They’re working in a highly skilled and technical role, building new user profiles for a major bank.
“They’re ploughing through the work and doing an excellent job. They’re very clever young men who can cope under pressure and are a credit to themselves.”
Will, 19, says it’s a big opportunity that wouldn’t have come his way without the work experience pilot.
“It’s my first paid job,” he says. “I’ve just not had this kind of opportunity before.”
Tim, 22, previously took part in The Prince’s Trust programme which, he says, gave him confidence and helped boost his teambuilding skills.
Joining us is “great”, he adds. “Will and I are trailblazers.”
We’re continuing work placements for people on the autistic spectrum. And we’ll be sharing our experiences with schools and autistic organisations.