PageGroup conducts its first employability workshop for the National Autistic Society
The full-day workshop involved 20 PageGroup consultants volunteering their time to provide interview tips and techniques to 17 National Autistic Society members.
The workshop offered members an insight into the corporate environment and discussed different types of interviews, work culture, CV writing, finding employment on social media and job boards, building presentation skills and goal setting.
According to the National Autistic Society, only 15% of adults with autism in the UK are in full-time paid employment.
Selina Fairclough, Corporate Partnerships Manager at The National Autistic Society reports:
“There are around 700,000 people in the UK who have been diagnosed with autism and the large majority of adults with the condition are unable to find work. Many of our members would love to have a job but they lack the essential social and interview skills to secure one.
“People with autism can thrive in a structured and well-organised environment and have numerous strengths which are advantageous to employers, such as excellent attention to detail and reliability. Attending an interactive workshop and receiving advice from recruitment professionals gives job seekers better insight into the recruitment process and the skills to make their ambitions a reality.
“We are exceptionally grateful to PageGroup for sharing their expertise with our members and giving them a chance to live a fuller life,” Selina said.
Chris Bradberry, Talent Acquisition Manager at PageGroup, states the workshop was an excellent opportunity for consultants to leverage their recruitment and business skills beyond their & lsquo;desk and headset’ and support the local community in doing so.
“The employability workshop was an excellent opportunity for PageGroup employees to utilise their recruitment expertise and lend a helping hand to people with autism who may find interviews particularly daunting. All the attendees were highly receptive to the advice and support offered and by the end of the day we could see their attitudes changing and their confidence building,” Chris said.
PageGroup hopes to continue its partnership with the National Autistic Society and conduct more employability workshops throughout the UK in the near future.