First Routes is a specialist employment service delivered by Autism Plus, which aims to help increase confidence and employability skills of individuals with autism or Asperger Syndrome. Support is tailored to suit individual needs with the ultimate goal of moving individuals towards independence and paid employment.
- Confidence and Motivational Support
We provide 1-1 support to individuals to overcome barriers, increase self esteem and begin to explore options available to them for progression and personal development. We also offer a series of group courses through our Training Enterprise team, please contact us to find out what support is available.
- Employability Skills
We provide individuals with 1-1 support to help increase employability skills, explore opportunities, complete CVs and application forms as well as helping to understand expectations in the workplace.
- Work placements and Volunteering
Through care funding we can support individuals to identify, secure and attend work placement opportunities or voluntary work to suit individual needs. We will work with individuals to find the opportunity that suits them and work with employers to put in place the right support and adjustments to suit the individual accessing the placement or voluntary position.
- Support to access college
We help individuals to explore the options available to them when looking at college. We can speak to colleges on an individuals behalf, arrange visits and attend, as well as provide additional support to individuals attending college to ensure they are able to manage the day to day challenges college may bring.
- Support to attend Job interviews
Through Access to Work we can apply for funding to attend job interviews with individuals who need additional support or adjustments to be able to attend an interview. If you have a job interview and feel you need support please contact our team immediately to find out how we can support you.
- Support in the workplace
We can provide individualised support to suit your needs, this is funded through Access to work. Our team will meet with you to discuss your individual needs and will put a plan in place to support you in the workplace. We will talk to your employer about your support needs and how we can support both you and your employer on an ongoing basis. The support is individually tailored to suit needs and is available on a demand led basis.
Our support is funded via personalised budgets or through care packages, however we are happy to discuss your needs with you prior to having a care budget in place if you do not already have one.
For support in the workplace please contact us as funding is potentially available via Access to Work to provide you with this support.
Our services are free of charge to those already accessing Autism Plus care service provision.
For more information or to meet with a member of our team to discuss your specific needs please contact:
The Exchange Brewery
Tel: 0114 384 0284 and ask for First Routes Support