Our EmployAbility project supports young people with autism and learning disabilities to build the skills and experience they need for employment.  We recognise that many young people need tailored support to enter the workforce, and have developed EmployAbility from a pilot project we ran in 2016/17.

Starting in September 2017, 6 young people are attending FarmAbility 2 days per week for 6 months as Programme Leader Assistants, building their skills and confidence in farming and horticultural activities, but also learning how to enable others to engage in activities.  They will then receive ongoing support (referrals and signposting, access to work-based training, work placements or other employment-focused activities) for a further 6 months, to ensure they have a clear next step following the project.

We are very grateful to the Santander UK Foundation, the Margaret Dobson Further Education Trust, and Oxfordshire Community Grants for their generous support of EmployAbility.