Employment support Our employment support is designed for adults with high functioning autism or Asperger’s syndrome who are looking to enter the employment market within the next 18 months. The programme is designed to fit around the individual’s strengths, needs and aspirations to ensure every person who enters the programme is not only closer to the job market but more confident and independent when they leave it. Who you will work with Lorraine Endersby Sharna Raine Bedford/Central Beds Luton Features · You will have access to confidential 1:1 support during your meetings · You will be provided with your own assessment plan and action points which will be renewed each time we see you · We will work with you in a variety of ways to ensure your needs are meet, which includes discussions and the observation of practical tasks · We run various employability courses throughout the year and you will be given the opportunity to attend one of these courses What you will learn We will help you develop the skills and confidence you need on your path to employment. We will do this by: · Searching for a job · Help in completing an application · Writing a CV · Writing a cover letter · Preparing for an interview · How to communicate effectively with work Colleagues Testimonials "Autism Bedfordshire is a fantastic charity which has supported me after being out of work due to anxiety. Their employment support service has helped me build my confidence and supported me with creating a CV and searching for employment opportunities. With their support I have now found a suitable volunteering role which I am very happy with. I would not be where I am today without them and I am very grateful for the help I have been given." “Autism Bedfordshire’s employment service has helped me build my confidence and supported me in my ongoing search for employment. With their support I have found a suitable volunteering role that has given me an insight into the working environment while I look for employment. I am very grateful for the help I have been given and I feel their advice will serve me greatly in any future role I do.” “Lorraine quickly assessed my skills and realised what my priorities were - she was then able to identify the perfect opportunity for me. She was able to secure an informal introduction which put me at ease and enabled me to demonstrate my skills more fully than in a traditional 'interview'. The result is that I now have a trial position with a local employer which has every chance of resulting in permanent employment. I am truly grateful to AB for their support.” Jenny Further Information Email: [email protected] Telephone: 01234 350704 Our employment support is provided through the Building Better Opportunities programme which is joint funded through the national lottery and the European Union.