At an event in Parliament, Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders pledged his support for the Employ Autism campaign, launched to coincide with World Autism Awareness Month.
Ambitious about Autism, the national charity for children and young people with autism, is calling for a step change to give young people with autism a fighting chance of getting a job by improving their transition from school and college into the workplace. They are calling for young people with autism to get the right education, advice and work experience opportunities to prepare for their transition into work; and for employers to have the understanding and will to support this transition.
Evidence collected by Ambitious about Autism suggests that £9 billion per year across the UK could be saved if we supported people with autism to access employment.
Commenting, Justin Madders MP said:
“I am delighted to support Ambitious about Autism’s Employ Autism campaign. With the right support and opportunities, young people with autism can join the workforce and make a brilliant contribution to their local communities.
“I was delighted to visit the excellent Hinderton Primary School again recently, which provides an exceptional education to young people. However, all too often when they progress from the school, the same level of support is not available in further education or the workplace.
“I urge all local schools, colleges and employers in Ellesmere Port & Neston to support young people with autism and ensure that they have the same access to training and employment possibilities as other people of the same age.”