The Autism Project, CareTrade Charitable Trust

Local Offer

The Autism Project is a full time two year employment programme for young people on the autism spectrum who would like work but need more confidence, support, skills and experience.

How the programme works

We use a module based learning system ( in Employability and Functional Skills) so students start in September and can progress at a pace that best meets their individual needs.

All students follow our supported internship curriculum for their first term and typically students will spend three terms (their first year) following this.

Work experience placements

They will learn within real work experience placements within either Guy’s, St. Thomas’  or The Whittington hospitals four days a week, supported by work-place mentors and specialist job coaches and must also attend class once a week.

There, they will learn valuable employability and independent living skills and work towards City & Guilds qualifications.

The objective is for young people to become work-ready and to gain reference from their workplace.

Students’ progress to the year two curriculum once work-ready, typically in term four, where the focus is on greater independence in the workplace (with a wider range of employers).

Skills to find work or apprenticeships

They are supported in developing their interview and communication skills and to actively seek and hopefully gain paid employment, a paid apprenticeship or further vocational training of choice. In year two students access weekly 1:1 job search sessions.

Staff use person-centred planning to help all students reach their individual goals as defined in their education health and care plans (EHCP).

Throughout the course there is a high level of 1:1 support. From September 2018 all our students now have access to our new counselling service.

In addition The Autism Project supports young people to improve their independent living skills, become involved in their community and take steps to stay healthy through enrichment activities and social groups that run across all CareTrade services. This includes local travel training.

Service details

Referral required?
Age Range
18-25 years old
with a diagnosis of autism
who wants to work
There is a ‘per person’ fee. Where a young person qualifies for support from Social Services this may be funded by the Local Authority. Alternatively this may be met privately. We will advise you on who to approach within your Local Authority if you don’t have a social worker. If you already receive Direct Payments from Social Services then you will be responsible for meeting the costs of the course.

SEND information 

SEND Details

To provide Employment Support to young adults with autism living in London. To increase opportunities for work experience, develop employability skills, apply for jobs and succeed in employment.

How is this provided?
- A series of 8 workshops focusing on developing employability skills
- 1:1 sessions with CareTrade staff to undertake job searching/applications/interviews etc.
- Access to supported work experience opportunities and our mock interview programme
- Weekly group sessions with peers and Programme Coordinator to discuss experiences/progress
- Support at interviews
- In work support once employment is secured if required (funded by Access to Work)
- Support is provided for up to 9 months.


Young people can self-refer- request an application form from the email address in the contact us section.

If you have a social worker please speak with them about this and if you don’t please contact your Local Authority and request an assessment.

If parents/carers/professionals know a young person who may be interested they must ask the young person to complete the application/to be supported to complete it. We also hold information sessions which are advertised on our website

Where to go

Name of venue
The Clarence Centre
Venue address
6 St Georges Circus

Who to contact

Jemma Dear
07958 610864
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