Fabian Harper has been attending Autism Plus community support for some time now. Earlier this year he started talking about the potential of getting into work. PCP, team leaders and First Routes all worked together to ensure Fabian could split the 8 hours support he received every week between Community support and First Routes. Fabian started with First Routes at the end of September for just two hours a week.
First Routes worked with Fabian to identify the types of work he was interested in. The team supported him to update his CV and helped highlight the positive attributes Fabian had thatan employer would look for.
The First Routes team spent the time to identify jobs, practicing filling in application forms and interview questions. Within four weeks Fabian had four interviews! He said he couldn’t believe how quick it was all happening. One interview was a group interview which unnerved Fabian a little, so a member of the team met him before for a coffee and a chat, providing last minute guidance and reassurance. The next day, brought another interview and more support offered.
Fabian contacted the First Routes team in the afternoon to say: “Do employers offer you jobs on the spot? Because I’ve just been offered a job before I left the interview.”Fabian was absolutely overwhelmed but of course accepted the job, he is now working at Pizza Express and we couldn’t be happier for him. First Routes is now working with Fabian and his employer to ensure he has support in place once he starts work in the coming weeks. One comment the employer made to him was “We would be delighted if you could work in our team, it is obvious what a lovely personality you have.” Well done Fabian. Just six weeks support from First Routes has helped him secure a job that is perfect for him!