Choice Support work with the London Borough of Sutton to support people with autism, learning disabilities, mental health needs, physical disabilities and sensory impairments to gain and keep paid employment. This may mean paid work, work experience or voluntary work.
Nickel support is a not-for-profit community interest organisation which supports adults (16+) with learning disabilities by offering real life opportunities. This could be to improve work skills, or support with life skill development. They offer people the chance to get involved with social enterprises managed and run by the trainees with learning disabilities who access the service.
Steps into Work is a 3 way partnership between TFL, Mencap and Barnet & Southgate College that provides work experience for adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities and/or on the autism spectrum.
London Futures is an employability programme for young Londoners with learning disabilities and mental health problems, facing social isolation and loneliness. Using support and specialised mentoring, these young Londoners unite to compete in employability challenges to improve their career aspirations and become more integrated in their communities.
Positive Directions is a skills training programme for young people living in South London (Croydon, Merton, Richmond, Sutton or Kingston) who are not currently in employment, education or training and aged 16-24. They can support you by providing training in industry-specific skills, helping you to stand out and succeed.
The Project SEARCH programme is a 9 month long training and employment opportunity for adults aged 18-24 with a learning disability, which takes place entirely at the St George's Hospital site. Project SEARCH provides real life work experience combined with training in employability and independent living skills, as well as formulating a CV, to help young people to make successful transitions from school to productive adult life. The goal for each student is competitive employment somewhere in the community using the skills they have acquired at St George's.
Workstart is a package of courses from Orchard Hill College to give you the opportunity to gain work experience and qualifications. You will be able to work one-to-one with Job Coaches to get you on track to achieving your ambitions.
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. The grant is not for business start-up costs. How much you get depends on your circumstances. The money doesn’t have to be paid back and will not affect your other benefits
The Autism Education Turst have designed a collection of toolkits to help more autistic young people access sustainable and meaningful employment opportunities.
The resources will help employers to develop their awareness and understanding of autism. They will support the hiring and retaining of talented autistic young people.
These resources are also relevant for autistic young people, their parents/carers, teachers, and other relevant professionals to support a young person to make informed choices about their future employment opportunities.
As part of the project, Employment is Everyone's Business (EEB), the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) and the British Association for Supported Employment (BASE) have been working with a number of schools, colleges, young people and employers to identify ways in which professionals can work together to support young people into employment.
The Transition Information Network (TIN) is an alliance of organisations and individuals who come together with a common aim: to improve the experience of disabled young people’s transition to adulthood. TIN is a source of information and good practice standards for disabled young people, families and professionals.