The programme began with a six-week training programme called 'Preparation for Employment'. This included 1:1 guidance sessions and group workshops which included topics such as anxiety management at work, communication skills and social skills at work. The participants then took part in an eight-week long unpaid work placement with support for the employer provided by the National Autistic Society, which ended with 14 weeks of supported job finding.
Following its huge success we are delighted to team up with the Meeting Professionals International Foundation (MPIF) and Meetings Industry Meeting Needs (MIMN) again to raise more money to continue the programme in 2017.
Only 15% of adults with autism are in full-time employment, but most are willing and able to work. We want to help young adults with autism gain work experience in the hospitality industry, which would hopefully lead to permanent employment. It is estimated that there are about 332,600 people of working age in the UK with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but research has shown that only 6% of all people with an ASD have full-time paid employment, and only 12% of those with high-functioning autism or Asperger syndrome have full-time jobs.
The problems in finding and keeping a job arise from the lack of available information, advice and practical support that is ASD specific. In many instances ASD is a hidden disability which can lead to misunderstandings in the workplace by those unaware of their colleague's diagnosis. Yet people with an ASD thrive in a structured and well-organised environment and have many strengths that are advantageous to an employer, such as accuracy, a good eye for detail, reliability and meticulous application of routine tasks - Essential qualities that the hospitality and hotel industry depend upon to operate a smooth and successful business.
Monday, February 6, 2017 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Waldorf Hilton, LondonAldwychLondon WC2B 4DD+44 (0) 20 7836 2400
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