Supporting people with autism into work
9 February 2018
More businesses should follow our example and recognise the special skills people with autism can bring to the workplace.
That’s the message from our CEO Gavin Patterson after he met Will Hattingh and Tim Davis, both on the autism spectrum, who we recruited after they completed our specially-designed work placement pilot.
He met them during a visit to Colombo House in London and congratulated them on their achievement and praised the team behind the pilot.
Gavin says: “We’re committed to boosting neurodiversity across our organisation through initiatives like our Work Ready programme. Will and Tim, and others with Asperger syndrome and autism, have the ability to think in a different way and that can be a real asset. They can offer critical skills to our business.”
Gavin also met Ed Jakeman who worked with the National Autistic Society and our Work Ready team to create the pilot after watching a TV documentary highlighting the problems people with autism can have finding jobs.
Ed says: “There’s a wealth of talented people in our communities who want to work and have a lot to offer, but are being ignored because the processes employed by most companies set them up to fail. We have a real opportunity to address this and lead industry in maximising that talent.”
We’re continuing to work with the National Autistic Society on how to make our Work Ready programme even more accessible to young people with autism.