Work

Local and national schemes to help people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition find employment.

Project Search

Project Search is a work-experience and college combination aimed at independent, young people aged between 17 and 24. Students meet with a tutor and job-coach for part of the day and work in a variety of roles for the remainder of the day.

Opportunities are available at Kingston Hospital in partnership with Richmond upon Thames College as well as GlaxoSmithKline and Hilton at Heathrow Airport in partnership with West Thames College. To find out more contact:

For Kingston Hospital/ Richmond upon Thames College:
Suzanne Williams at suzanne.williams@rutc.ac.uk or call 020 8607 8268.

For GlaxoSmithKline and Heathrow Hilton/West Thames College:
Beverly McGuire at beverley.mcguire@west-thames.ac.uk or call 020 8818 6850.

Remploy “Richmond Works” Project

Richmond Works offers support to adults with specialist needs, who live in the Borough and want to work in paid employment for a minimum of 8 hours per week. The scheme takes a person-centred approach, with the aim of helping service users with a wide range of support needs to gain the skills and expertise they need to get ready for work and move into employment.

To find out more, contact Cristina Pascual at cristina.pascual@remploy.co.uk or call 0300 456 8110.

Pathways to a Positive Future

Pathways to a Positive Future is a free service aims to support young people aged 16 to 25, with learning difficulties into sustainable paid employment, education or training. This project is part funded by the European Union.

To find out more, contact Karl Burgess at karl.burgess@richmond.gov.uk or call 020 8487 7285.

National projects

Specialisterne

Specialisterne (which translates from Danish as “The Specialists”) is an innovative social business concept originally founded in Denmark in 2004. They are internationally recognised as the first and foremost example of how high functioning people with autism can provide valuable, high quality services to their employers. The goal of Specialisterne is to enable one million jobs worldwide for “specialist people” - high functioning people with autism and similar challenges with a passion for detail, and the potential to excel in the right role in business, given the right circumstances. 

To find out more, contact Tom Brundage at tom.brundage@specialisterne.com or call on 07870 383 286.

The National Autistic Society

The National Autistic Society (NAS) can provide support and training to both employees and employers. This may benefit you if you are already in employment and feel you need more training. You can complete what is a known as a 'Workplace Assessment' and can help to make you feel more comfortable in your job.

The National Autistic Society (NAS)
Phone: 0808 800 4104
Web:www.nas.org.uk
Email: nas@nas.org.uk