Project aims to help
young autistic adults
find job placements

The new mentoring scheme seeks to help young people to find mentors among the local business community.
The new mentoring scheme seeks to help young people to find mentors among the local business community.

A project created to help autistic young people into work is inviting residents from North Lanarkshire to apply and take positive steps towards finding employment.

The National Autistic Society Scotland’s Moving Forward project aims to help autistic 16 to 24-year-olds develop skills for the workplace, gain social confidence and find employment.

It is funded by CashBack for Communities, a Scottish Government initiative which takes money seized from criminals under the proceeds of crime legislation and invests them in projects for Scotland’s most disadvantaged young people.

The charity is now asking autistic people from North Lanarkshire to get in touch if they would like help from a volunteer mentor.

Jim Doherty, programme manager, said: “Mentoring can happen face-to-face, by phone or by email and provides an opportunity for autistic people from North Lanarkshire to succeed in the workplace after our research revealed that just 16 per cent of autistic adults in the UK are in full-time paid work.”

Anyone interested in taking part in the project can find out more by calling 0141 248 1725 or emailing moving.forward@nas.org.uk.