Information from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)
- Employment Pathways Leeds – Information: EMPLOYMENT PATHWAYS LEEDS FINAL – Word Document (529 KB)
- JobCentre Plus – Provision for jobseekers aged 18 and over: Steve’s JCP 18+PROVISION DOC (3) 181214 – Word Document (83 KB)
Access to Work is a government-run scheme for disabled people in work or looking for work. It can provide funding for equipment needed to make it easier to do a job.
Here is a link to a PowerPoint presentation about Access to Work and how it works:
You can also download a factsheet (in PDF) about Access to Work at this link:
For more information, please visit the Access to Work website.
Leeds Hidden Talents Job Fair
This event for autistic jobseekers was first held in July 2016, with over 250 people attending. It featured stalls from employers based in Leeds and training for businesses about the benefits of hiring autistic people.
There was an online version of the event in 2022. Details for any Hidden Talents event in 2023 will be confirmed in due course.
Being Employed Leeds
Aspiedent are a company that offer autism awareness training and help autistic adults into employment. They’re run by autistic people and also provide social skills training to anyone looking to get into work.
For more information, visit the Aspiedent website.
Run by Leeds Mind, Community Links and Touchstone, Workplace Leeds is a service for people with mental health issues looking to get back into work. They provide support that can help you every step of the way, at your own pace.
Their service is for people who receive secondary mental health support and/or third sector autism or mental health support.
Here are their contact details:
Specialist Autism Services
Specialist Autism Services (SAS) are an autism service based in West Yorkshire who have an employment service in their Leeds building. Their services include an Employment Hub in Leeds and employment-focused workshops.
Here are the contact details for SAS:
- Website: http://www.specialistautismservices.org/employment-support/
- Phone: 0113 277 5656
- Email: [email protected]
Other employment links
If you’re looking for voluntary roles, Doing Good Leeds lists vacancies for would-be volunteers on its website, as well as local charities. It’s run by Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL), who work with smaller charities across the city.
For further volunteering opportunities, Do-It’s website lists vacancies by cause and also lists job vacancies in the third sector.
There are volunteering opportunities with The Advonet Group, the charity that Leeds Autism AIM is part of. For more information on roles available, visit their volunteering webpage: https://advonet.org.uk/join-us/volunteering/
Your rights at work
There are a number of trade unions that you can join. Here is a list of some of the biggest unions in the UK and what they do:
- Acorn – a community union for low-income people who do community organisation work
- ASLEF – A trade union for train drivers
- BFAWU – The union for workers in the food industry
- CWU – Communication Workers Union, for people working in telecoms, postal, admin, financial and mobile industries
- FBU – Fire Brigades’ Union – the national union for firefighters
- GMB – A general union that anyone can join
- NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union – a union for teachers and headteachers
- NUJ – National Union of Journalists – a union for journalists, PR professionals and people working in digital/new media
- NEU – National Education Union – the biggest union for teachers in England and Wales
- PCS – Public and Commercial Services Union – a union for people working in civil service and government jobs
- Prospect – a union for scientists, engineers and other specialists
- RMT – National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers – a union for transport workers in rail, bus, coach and air travel
- UCU – University and College Union – a trade union for lecturers, academics, researchers, admin staff and managers at universities and colleges
- UNISON – a trade union for people who work full-time or part-time in public services such as the NHS and charities
- Unite – a union for workers in all industrial sectors e.g. manufacturing. They have a Community section that covers unemployed people, students and volunteers
- USDAW – a union for workers in retail, manufacturing, service and distributive sectors
For a full list of trade unions, visit this page on the TUC’s website. You should find a union that is relevant to your job.
Here are some relevant links to articles and documents about your rights at work: