Across 2017/2018 we are thrilled to be able to provide two new employment programmes alongside our existing employment support service. Please find more information relating to these projects below:
Employed by Me
This 12-month project, funded by the Natwest Skills & Opportunities Fund, will focus on supporting adults (aged 18+) with autism across Leeds and Bradford to explore the possibility of pursuing self-employment.
We will be working with Business Services Leeds to help autistic adults to learn more about what it means to be self-employed. You will be supported in group workshops and in 1-1 sessions to decide whether self employment might be right for you, and if it is, to start planning how you can achieve this.
By looking at the things you are good at you can be supported to explore whether these activities could be used to help others. You will work with staff to create a business plan and to start develop- ing goods/services for which others would be happy to pay.
This programme will start with a non-pressured half day group workshop and will continue with weekly full day group workshops and monthly 1-1 coaching sessions. In these you will have the opportunity to work with our staff members on developing your employment skills. Our staff mem- bers will facilitate workshops around the topics that the group raise and will provide you with the opportunity to develop things like social skills, confidence, managing finances and IT skills.
Our Employed by Me programme will be running across the year in Bradford on a Tuesday, and Leeds on a Friday, all day (10.15 – 3.00).
Leeds Autism Apprenticeships Programme
Over the next 12 months, Specialist Autism Services is working in partnership with Leeds City Council to support adults (aged 18+) with autism to explore apprenticeship opportunities across the city. We will work with you to find out what you are interested in and what you are good at so that you can pursue an apprenticeship in an industry that you will enjoy.
Apprenticeships give aspiring job seekers the opportunity for real world work experience and are a great way to learn practical skills that help long term career prospects. They also give you a chance to show employers your skills and abilities, whilst earning a wage.
We are providing an 8 week programme of half day workshops that will support you to develop the skills you might need to apply for and succeed in an apprenticeship. These group sessions will be “member-led” which means they will be tailored to what the group wants to focus on next.
Alongside this we will also be providing a drop-in Apprenticeship Support Point where you will have the opportunity to further develop your skills and explore apprenticeship opportunities. We also have availability for 1-1 sessions where a member of staff can work with you in more depth around apprenticeships, employment skills and your personal goals.
We are currently accepting referrals for this project – these can be self-referrals or referrals on your behalf from your parents/carers, Jobcentre staff or other professionals.