This Employers’ Toolkit was created by a group of project participants and local employers involved with Pentreath as part of the Living Well to Work Project, funded by the European Social Fund. The project participants have diagnoses of Asperger’s Syndrome and have lived experience of job hunting in Cornwall. We hope the experience and knowledge gained from this year long project will aid local employers who wish to employ an exciting and diverse workforce by utilising the ‘toolkit’ to inform and guide them in the recruitment process.
In the UK, around 1 in 100 people live with traits of Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome and only 16% are in work. We know that individuals living with Autism and Asperger’s diagnoses have much to offer employers as they will form a more diverse and uniquely skilled workforce. It is hoped that this toolkit will allow local employers access to this excellent resource.
Recruitment procedures can inadvertently create barriers for applicants with autism but organisations can make many minor adjustments to these procedures that will help autistic people to apply for job role. These adjustments will also allow the potential employee to fairly demonstrate their skills and experience. Such adjustments can also benefit other candidates and, ultimately, your business.
Click on the headings below to read our guidance about how to successfully recruit and employ people who experience Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome:
The Living Well to Work Steering Group who were involved in creating the toolkit is made up of project participants, local employers and professionals including:
Alexander Haley, Ben Cousins, Danielle Hollas, Josie Le Butt, Tigger Pritchard, Matthew Beere from Reed in Partnership, Alice Lewis and Sally Collarbone from Baby Bugs Nursery in St Austell and Katherine Nissen.