Looking for Work: a programme for autistic jobseekers
AS Mentoring present a fully online pre-employment programme, combining a series of workshops and 1:1 support meetings, for autistic adults looking for employment.
The programme consists of a series of group workshops and one-to-one sessions delivered by autism-specialist mentors. There will be:
- 6 x 2-hour live, online group workshops; and
- 3x 45-minute one-to-one consultations, at the beginning, middle and end of the programme, respectively.
You will receive structured content and workbooks ahead of the workshops, as well as follow-up work after each workshop. The workshop environment will model workplace social expectations, and all workshop sessions will include insights and experience from an autistic contributor.
Where and When
The sessions will be delivered on Zoom, every fortnight. The programme will run from mid-October 2021 to mid-December 2021. The timetable and schedule of sessions will be shared with you upon enrollment.
The preliminary format is as follows:
- Pre-programme 1:1
- Workshop 1: What are my work options?
- Workshop 2: Pathways into work
- Workshop 3: Job-searching
- Mid-programme 1:1
- Workshop 4: CVs and cover letters
- Workshop 5: Sharing my diagnosis
- Workshop 6: Interview skills
- End of programme 1:1
The one-to-one meetings
Pre-programme: To meet you and get a sense of what you want to achieve: to establish your personal objectives for the programme; to understand how your particular autism presentation impacts you as an individual; to explore any barriers you may have in accessing the programme; and to agree any adjustments/ strategies that are required.
Mid-programme: A mid-point session to review the personal objectives discussed prior to the start of the programme and to review progress.
End of programme: This will take place 4-6 weeks after the end of the programme. This is to check in and see how you’re getting on: to review progress on the action points you will have set yourself in Workshop 6; to discuss how you might overcome any barriers which have arisen; and to signpost/refer you to further support.
£545 + VAT per person.
If the cost of the programme is prohibitive, there may be a possibility of accessing funding. Please apply and we can explore this option in your initial meeting if suitable.
Places on this programme are conditional on meeting the following criteria:
- You must be aged 18 or over to attend this programme.
- You must either have an autism diagnosis (which includes Asperger’s Syndrome), or be actively seeking one (NB in this latter case, evidence will be required: for example, correspondence with a GP/ diagnostic centre).
- You must agree to complete all pre and post- programme evaluation and feedback surveys.
Applications Close on Sunday 7th November 2021 (but will be processed on a first come/first served basis so the deadline may close earlier if all places are filled by that time). You are advised to apply as soon as you are able to do so.
If you have questions on your eligibility for this programme please email firstname.lastname@example.org
1:1 pre-employment support
At AS Mentoring we believe in providing individualised, tailored support for each client. The process of finding, applying for, starting and retaining a job is a complex one, with many barriers which makes the process inaccessible for the people we support.
Our Pre-employment support consists of 1:1 meetings with an experienced employment consultant. To begin with we'll discuss with you your skills, experience and particular interests. Based on these, we'll agree the particular field of employment that will be the focus of your job search. We'll assess with you what areas of the job-finding process you are able to carry out independently, and what we need to concentrate on the sessions.
Common topics include:
- CV & cover letter preparation
- Searching for & identifying suitable vacancies (paid or voluntary)
- Completing and sending applications
- Preparing for interviews through practice and role-play
- Disclosing to employers, and requesting Reasonable Adjustments to the recruitment process
- Interview support
- Communication skills
- Managing anxiety
If you would like to find out more about how AS Mentoring could support you into employment, please use the link below to contact us.
"I mostly used my mentoring sessions to support my interpretation of job descriptions and person specifications, and hone responses to questions, and I lost count of the number of positions applied for, both paid and voluntary, and across a variety of sectors. At my first interview, my mentor was able to sit in, and thus to give me encouraging feedback, building my confidence. I believe the professional support offered by AS Mentoring was value for money and, although I am not currently using them to help with my current employment, I remain in occasional contact with my mentor and would turn to them again if the need arose."
"My son has progressed more than words can express. I contacted David who was so helpful and so knowledgeable. He in turn passed Charlotte's details to us and the rest is history. Charlotte helped my son build his confidence and find work experience in a field he really wanted to get into, the gym. Over the last few years he has developed so much that he is now a Personal Trainer! Thank you for all your help and valuable advice, couldn't have done any of this without you."
"After being diagnosed with AS in a country outside the UK, I was thinking what are the next steps to take and how to go on with my life. I discovered then over Google the website of AS Mentoring (ASM) and contacted them. From there on I have received absolutely outstanding support over Skype as-well-as through face to face sessions. It was this support and the help from all the team at ASM, which supported my decision to move to the UK. Not only were they helping me to find a job but also with day-to-day life questions. Anyone receiving an AS diagnosis and does not know what to do next should definitely contact ASM."