Firebrand, leaders in accelerated training and apprenticeships, are partnering with the National Autistic Society (NAS) to provide apprenticeships suitable for people with autism. This announcement aligns with the beginning of National Autism Awareness Month.
NAS is the leading UK charity providing support, information and pioneering services for people on the autistic spectrum.
1 in 100 people in the UK have autism, but only 16% of autistic adults are in full-time paid employment. The National Autistic Society has existed for 50 years and is currently working with organisations, like Firebrand Training, to improve the lives of people with autism.
Firebrand is partnering with NAS on a number of initiatives to enable autistic individuals to achieve a rewarding career in IT. This includes a pledge to develop effective apprenticeships for autistic candidates.
Firebrand’s Managing Director, Stefano Capaldo, says:
“We’re committed to improving the lives of people with autism. By piloting our first apprenticeship programmes suitable for people with autism, we hope to encourage greater neurodiversity in the workplace.
“A career in IT can be incredibly rewarding and we’re excited to make our accelerated apprenticeships inclusive to everyone.”
Effective IT apprenticeships for autistic candidates
Firebrand is partnering with NAS to build effective IT apprenticeship programmes for autistic candidates. These apprenticeships are built to support those on the autistic spectrum and will mirror existing national standards, like Cyber Intrusion Analyst and Cyber Security Technologist.
As part of this initiative, Firebrand will also be providing Autism Awareness training to its staff. This training is recommended and provided by NAS.
Firebrand is also working with existing companies to hire one IT apprentice under a scheme to encourage more neurodiverse staff.