Bridge to Employment

Bridge to Employment

The Bridge to Employment Programme is BLP’s Flagship project.

It aims to give young autistic people a structured programme of person-centered accredited training in their area of interest and expertise, work-related skills and to prepare them for the next step towards employment, self-employment, education, training or volunteering.

B2E develops unique opportunities for each young person that incorporates one or all of the following; employability skills, work experience and social enterprise.

B2E is unique to Dumfries and Galloway in terms of it’s delivery style and target group.  There are no clear post-school options for the target group of more able young people with ASD and related disabilities, especially for those living outside of Dumfries.  In Dumfries and Galloway there is no specialist employability provision for this group who may have communication challenges or need some extra support to develop essential core skills such as being able to travel independently, writing job applications, attending interviews, managing social interactions and working independently.

What Do We Offer?

The young people on B2E programme follow a certificated employability and life skills programme of study leading to nationally recognised qualifications.

B2E includes:
– Employability (SQA)
– Independent Living (ASDAN)
– Their choice from the range of ASDAN Short
  Courses and Towards Independence Units
– Leonard Cheshire ‘Can Do’ Programme

B2E starts with the young people and builds on their existing skills and attributes rather than focusing on a career area.

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Through our Bridge to Employment project we also focus on educating employers in ‘What is Autism’ and how it may impact in their workplace.
Explain simple modifications to make it easier for an autistic person to fit into the workplace and make a valuable contribution to the success of the business.
Acknowledging every autistic person is different – giving employers an overview but also the specific knowledge they will need to support the individual.

Would you be interested in partnering with us to help creative a positive work experience. or volunteering opportunity for our young people? Contact us if you would like to find out more!

 

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