Meaningful Employment of Autistic People < Go back

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What they aim to achieve

There is significant economic growth in Salford, with several key growth industries. There appears to be employer demand to fill skills gaps (especially in digital skills) and significant under/unemployment of autistic people likely to have talents in fields that employers want.

Neurodiversity offers a business upside: neurodivergent people literally think differently, and tend to have particular strengths such as analysis, focus and detail.

The purpose of the project is to develop an approach and a practical pathway that matches the demands of employers and the potential supply of skills and talents from autistic people. The ultimate aim is to create and operate a mainstream social enterprise, linking autistic people to appropriate meaningful employment in local industries.

What they do

We have completed the research phase of this project and have sought views from: 

  • Employers
  • Autism organisations
  • Autistic people 

We did this by asking some brief questions in one of the following ways:

  • completion of an online questionnaire
  • answering the questions over the telephone
  • or responding to the questions within a group discussion

 The project researched and compared:

  • The demand/need of employers especially where there appear to be (or will otherwise be) skills shortages in different sectors  
  • The realistic ‘supply’ of local autistic people who could fill these roles – people who want more appropriate work or to get into appropriate employment

Read the completed report here. 

Where they operate


Who is eligible

People with Asperger’s syndrome and high-functioning autism.

Who to Contact

Chris Dabbs, (Chief Executive)

Contact details below

Who invests in them

Funded by Salford CVS with support from Salford NHS CCG and Salford City Council