The Bridge to Employment is aimed at young people aged 16 to 25 who have autism spectrum disorders or related disabilities and have a variety of barriers that prevent them from accessing the traditional post-school options.

The aim of the project is to use a person-centred approach to develop unique opportunities for each young person that incorporates one or all of the following; employability skills, work experience and social enterprise.

The project is part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Union – LEADER 2014 – 2020 programme.

The Bridge to Employment Project 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.

Organisations we are currently working in partnership with are:

  • D&G Chamber of Commerce
  • Third Sector D&G
  • DG TAP
  • Developing the Young Workforce (DYW)
  • D&G Council Autism Initiative
  • D&G Autism Network
  • Project Search
  • Princes Trust
  • ‘Can Do’ Leonard Cheshire
  • Health & Wellbeing Team NHS

If you are a business or organisation who we could partner with please contact us.