All students take part in regular work experience. These opportunities provide an environment for students to transfer and generalise skills, learn new vocational specific skills, as well as experience a vocational area they may wish to pursue further.
With some work experience placements on hold due to the coronavirus, students have been setting up social enterprises. Here, they can continue to develop their vocational skills when they can’t access regular work experience. Students have started making their own soap as well as Christmas cards. Further information on how to purchase these items will be available soon – in the meantime, take a look at the different departments working hard to create the soaps and cards.
Toucan Employment is currently offering our students an opportunity to engage in regular horticultural work experience. The not-for-profit charity organisation supports people with learning difficulties and disabilities in Southwark, Lambeth, Brent and Lewisham. Their aims are to reduce social exclusion of people with learning difficulties/disabilities by supporting then to find and retain appropriate supported employment.
Roots and Shoots
BeyondAutism has been partnering with Roots and Shoots for a number of years. Roots and Shoots provides vocational training for young people from the inner city, mainly from the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark. Over the years, BeyondAutism Post-19 has used the services of Roots and Shoots for work experience placements and horticultural classes.
The Camden Society
The Camden Society is a registered charity based in London and Oxfordshire with a reputation for creativity, innovation and enterprise. BeyondAutism Post-19 has placed students with the charity for work experience placements in several of their social enterprises. Denise Largin, the CEO of the Camden Society is also a member of the Post-19 Advisory Board, bringing her experience, expertise and knowledge to the leadership and management of our service.
The Specialist Works
A media agency in Angel, The Specialist Works have provided a work experience placement for one of our students since 2018.
His role at the organisation is to help the front-of-house team across a range of different tasks. All his tasks would normally be completed by other members of the staff but have been specifically selected and delegated to fit his skill set. By doing this he has alleviated pressure on others in the team, making a positive contribution while building his confidence.
Each week new tasks are introduced further developing his skill set and giving him opportunities to develop his social skills.
The Elgin Centre is a care provider local to the Post-19 Hub in Hammersmith and Fulham. Students from the Post-19 service have been visiting the centre on a regular basis to help maintain their gardens. For some of our students, this is the first steps in starting a work experience placement and giving back to our local community.
ActionSpace support artists with learning disabilities to explore their talents and create engaging pieces of art. A student from BeyondAutism attends weekly and is facilitated in their exploration of visual arts. The regular link with ActionSpace is supporting the wider learning of community participation; health and wellbeing.
Thrive Garden Project
BeyondAutism work with Thrive, a UK charity using gardening to change the lives of disabled people. Following a denotation, the Post-19 students will be working with Thrive to create a sensory garden area at our Post-19 Hub in Hammersmith and Fulham. The project will provide students and visitors a space to explore using their senses as well as learning practical skills in horticulture.
Through our relationship with Yarrow, students from BeyondAutism Post-19 visit The Gate on a regular basis. Local to the Hammersmith and Fulham Hub, students attend weekly arts or music classes. The space facilitates students’ creativity and enables them to explore new materials and instruments.