Posted: Thu 30th Jan 2020

Second Autism: Future Employment conference to be held this Friday

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Jan 30th, 2020

An event aimed at linking North Wales businesses up with potential employees who are autistic is to be held this Friday. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The Autism: Future Employment conference will take place on Friday, January 31 at Ty Pawb on Market Street in Wrexham. It has been organised by a team led by Wrexham Glyndwr University lecturer Steve Jarvis, who also helped to put on last year’s inaugural conference. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

He said: “The aim of the conferences is to link employers up with potential employees, and to help encourage them to look at ways they can work with people who are autistic – and boost their companies as a result. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Only last week, I heard the story of someone who came along to last year’s conference in the hope of finding a job, who spoke with a local charity, secured a work placement and now is in a full-time role as a result. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“That connection between potential employee and future employer is what this conference is all about – and what our expert speakers and panel will be examining at this week’s event.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

A film from last year’s event can be seen here: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Among the speakers at this year’s conference are Daniel Jones, a leading YouTuber; Rhi Lloyd-Williams, a theatre MD, writer, essayist and blogger; James and April, Robot Wars competitors and the co-founders of Glitterbomb; and Andrew Edwards, an author whose life story has been featured on Radio Four and who spent many years working for Manchester United TV. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Each speaker will give a keynote address, and many will also join an afternoon panel, led by Mike Corcoran, a coach on the Business Wales ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Accelerated Growth programme. As with last year’s panels, the discussion will centre around people’s experiences of employment – and how employers can benefit from employing people with autism. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Steve added: “At last year’s event, there where what you could almost describe as lightbulb moments for some employers – moments where they realised the benefit that a conference like this can offer as panel members discussed the world of work. We’ve invited major employers from across the region once more this Friday – and I’m sure they can expect similar insights from our panel once more this year. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“We’ve also got a wide range of trade stalls, charities and exhibitors taking part throughout the day – and we will be welcoming the virtual Autism tour bus, which is designed to give people an experience of what a sensory overload is like and help further their understanding of the challenges people on the autism spectrum face.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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