Employment support for people with Autism

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“Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives Strategy 2010” led the way to securing better awareness, knowledge and support for those on the Autistic Spectrum.

 

“Think Autism 2014” updates the strategy and sets out a programme the Department of Health and other government departments will be undertaking to improve the lives of people with autism. Think Autism reaffirms the importance of the five areas for action identified in the 2010 strategy aimed at improving the lives of adults with autism. A major one of these is to help adults with autism find jobs.
This strategy focuses on four aspects of our activity to support adults with autism:

  • ensuring adults with autism benefit from wider employment initiatives
  • personalising welfare and engaging employers
  • improving existing provision, and
  • developing new approaches that will better support adults with autism

This page offers information on where to get advice, information and support in the different stages of employment.

Benefits Advice and Guidance

GOV.UK / Benefits:

GOV.UK is a United Kingdom public sector information website, created by the Government Digital Service to provide a single point of access to HM Government services. What’s on GOV.UK will be information and services for citizens (including benefits) and businesses, detailed guidance for professionals and information on government and policy.

Find out more at www.gov.uk/browse/benefits

Job Centre Plus / Benefits Office:

Over time benefits offices have renamed themselves, from Benefits Office to Job Centre Plus. For information about how to contact Job Centre Plus, please use this link

Find out more at www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus

Once you know the benefits you may be entitled to, you can call the relevant numbers to obtain an application form or visit in person for help and advice

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB):

CAB is one of a network of independent charities throughout the UK that give confidential information and advice to help people with their money, legal, consumer and other problems. The advice and information provided by the CAB is free, independent, confidential and impartial. They provide advice through face-to-face, telephone and email services, and online via their self-help website

Find out more at www.adviceguide.org.uk

The National Autistic Society (NAS) / Autism Helpline:

Call 0808 800 4104, lines are open 10am-4pm; Monday to Friday (free from landlines and most mobiles) The Autism Helpline provides impartial, confidential information and advice for people with autism spectrum disorders and their families and carers.

Find out more at www.autism.org.uk

Not Yet Ready for Work

JCP (JobCentrePlus) Careers Advice:

National Careers Service advisers can help clients identify the job or career that's right for them and then plan how to get there. Help includes: finding learning & training, updating a CV and finding course funding. National Careers Service advisers visit the jobcentre weekly. Work Experience - each Jobcentre will have a number of Work Experience Placements available – they are generally between 4-8 weeks and travel expenses are paid. A Work Coach can also work with a customer to help them find a work experience placement to suit them.

 

Community Connecting - Wiltshire Council Service:

Assists customers to find out more about their local community and how they can access some of the following:

Finding voluntary work, socialising, meeting friends or joining a club, further education; including college courses and other training opportunities, using their community facilities to do things that they enjoy, Traineeships, travel training They provide a time limited service; with the aim of working with the customer so they are able to find, take part in their chosen community activity and to do this independently.

Access through Adult Social Care (0300 456 0111 customeradvisors@wiltshire.gov.uk). There is an eligibility criteria for this service and in all cases approval is required before making the referral

Steps to Stride Programme - Wiltshire Council:

The Wiltshire Steps2Strides project is funded by the Department for Work and Pension's Flexible Support Fund and Wiltshire Council. The project is delivered by Wiltshire Council in partnership with The Pluss Organisation and Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. Wiltshire Steps2Strides is an initiative to support people in their personal development, individual resilience and help them start thinking about work.

Find at more at

www.pluss.org.uk/locations/chippenham-employment-services

www.pluss.org.uk/locations/salisbury-employment-services

You can contact a member of the Wiltshire Steps2Strides project team by: Calling 01225 718 425 or you can email the project manager at: claire.pearce@wiltshire.gov.uk.

Skills2Succeed Academy:

The Skills to Succeed Academy is a free, interactive, on-line training programme designed specifically to help young people choose the right career and build the skills they need to find and keep a job. It's easy to use, offering flexible training and relevant advice. The Academy includes 3 courses: Getting a Job, You and Your Career and Success in Work.

There are three training courses to choose from:

  • Getting a Job
  • You and Your Career
  • Success in Work

Find out more atwww.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/youngpeople/Pages/Home-SkillsToSucceedAcademy.aspx

Customers need an access code to register on the site which is DW1WE1

 

Prince's Trust:

The Prince’s Trust and Jobcentre Plus have a shared purpose: to increase the number of young people moving into employment or self-employment with the skills required to make those opportunities sustainable.

The Prince’s Trust programmes are primarily aimed at unemployed young people aged between 16-30 years old and consists of the following programmes:

  • Get Started
  • Get Into
  • Get Into Youth Work
  • Team
  • The Enterprise Programme
  • Fairbridge

Find out more at http://www.princes-trust.org.uk/

 

Volunteering - Grow

Volunteer Centre Wiltshire

Eligibility: Open To All

If you are currently working, have been out of the workplace for a period of time, are a student or are planning your retirement, we can help to find you a volunteering opportunity that meets your needs.

Benefit will not be affected but the customer must complete a form VOLWORK1JP giving details of their volunteering, to be returned to the jobcentre and filed in the customer LMU

Telephone: 01249 654089

Find out more athttp://wearedevelop.org.uk/volunteering

Ready for Work

JCP (JobCentrePlus) Careers Advice:

National Careers Service advisers can help clients identify the job or career that's right for them and then plan how to get there. Help includes: finding learning & training, updating a CV and finding course funding.

Find out more at https://www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus

Work Choice is a government programme - via JobCentrePlus:

This can help you get and keep a job if you’re disabled and find it hard to work. It’s voluntary - you don’t have to do it. The type of support you get depends on the help you need. This is different for everyone but can include: training and developing your skills, building your confidence, interview coaching.

For more information about Work Choice, please visit www.gov.uk/work-choice/overview

New Enterprise Allowance:

New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) is one of the Get Britain Working measures and is aimed at helping eligible claimants to start their own business.

Find out more athttps://www.gov.uk/government/collections/new-enterprise-allowance-campaign

Access to Work:

An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support at work if you have a disability, health or mental health condition to help you:

  • start working
  • stay in work
  • move into self-employment or start a business

Find out more at www.gov.uk/access-to-work

CIPD - Steps Ahead Mentoring - Young Person Criteria

The Steps Ahead Mentoring programme can be offered to 18-24 year old customers. Usually these jobseekers will be a:

  • young person with little or no work experience and possibly lacking in confidence
  • school/college leaver keen to understand the behaviours and attitude expected by employers and to ensure they are prepared for work
  • graduate who may need some honest feedback on the type of job and level of salary available in the current labour market

They want as many young people as possible to benefit from the Steps Ahead mentoring programme. However, mentoring isn’t right for everyone and a checklist will help to identify those young people who are most likely to benefit from mentoring by an HR Professional

Find out more atwww.cipd.co.uk/registerme

Wiltshire Employment Support Team (WEST) - Wiltshire Council Service:

This service is for customers with disabilities who are aged 18 years or over, who are not supported by universal employment services and who require a specialist service to meet their eligible adult care needs. There is an eligibility criteria for this service and in all cases approval is required before making the referral.

WEST can advise you on how to get a benefit calculation completed, which will clearly explain the financial benefits of moving into paid work.

Find out more at www.yourcareyoursupportwiltshire.org.uk/health-and-social-care/employment-support-WEST.aspx

Keeping a Job

Access to Work:

An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition to help you:

  • start working
  • stay in work
  • move into self-employment or start a business

Find out more at www.gov.uk/access-to-work

ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service):

ACAS is an independent and impartial organisation that does not side with a particular party, but rather will help the parties to reach suitable resolutions in a dispute.

ACAS provide information, advice, training, conciliation and other services for employers and employees to help prevent or resolve workplace problems.

The ACAS Helpline provides clear, confidential, independent and impartial advice to both employers and employees. You can also use Helpline Online to ask a question.

You can call an ACAS helpline adviser on 0300 123 1100 (8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 9am-1pm Saturday).

Customers with a hearing or speech impairment may prefer to contact us using the Text Relay service by dialling 18001 0300 123 1100.

Work Choice - a government programme - via JobCentrePlus:

(Details as per Work Ready) You can apply if you have a job but are at risk of losing it because of your disability. This also applies if you’re self-employed. To find out how to join Work Choice, speak to a Disability Employment Adviser (DEA) at your local Jobcentre Plus.

Wiltshire Employment Support Team (WEST) - Wiltshire Council Service:

WEST will continue to review those they have supported into work and find out how they are getting on in their paid work and support them in sustaining their employment until they are ready to do so independently. There is an eligibility criteria for this service and in all cases approval is required before making the referral.

WEST can also support those people already in work who are having issues and who wish to sustain their paid employment. Access criteria for the service would still be adhered to.

Find out more at /health-and-social-care/employment-support-WEST.aspx