Worcestershire-based creative experience agency drp has been collaborating with local charity ASPIE and the National Autistic Society to provide tours and work experience to young adults and adults in the area.
ASPIE is a charity based in Worcester, which supports people who have Asperger’s and autism. Only 16% of adults on the autistic spectrum are in full-time, paid employment.
Currently, drp employs Fergus Tranter on work experience for one day a week in the drpdigital team. Fergus initially joined drp for a four-week placement, which has since been extended to July and potentially further.
drp will also be hosting monthly workshops in Bromsgrove starting this month (May), which will enable the members who do not feel comfortable going to their office to still get a feel for the work experience.
Julia Micklewright, chair of ASPIE, said: “We are fully aware that Asperger intelligence is rarely recognised in the conventional workplace. Lack of understanding by employers often leads to depression and being eased out of work. Members of ASPIE include several individuals with very competent IT and web design skills, so we were therefore very encouraged to hear that drp is forming a partnership with the National Autistic Society to offer work experience to people within the local community.”
Amy Poyner, who is working with ASPIE and works at drpdigital as a digital project manager, added: “When I initially visited ASPIE I was able to get to know everyone individually and gauge those interested in the opportunities to gain work experience at drpdigital. I’m really excited to have Fergus join our team and it is the start of a great partnership with ASPIE and the National Autistic Society.”