On 4th December 2020, the National Autism Team facilitated a Free Employment Symposium Webinar in partnership with Swansea University, the National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) (Cardiff University), and Learning Disability Wales (LDW). The symposium was funded by Welsh Government and supported by the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) and Public Health Wales (PHW).
The symposium was recorded and is available to view below, broken into four parts. To view the full programme, a description of the workshops, and to meet your co-chairs, please scroll down to the bottom of this page.
The symposium was held for employers, supported employment providers, and key employment staff (e.g. DEAs), and sought to answer the following questions:
Speakers include Ken Skates, MS, Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales, Cllr Emlyn Dole, WLGA Employability and Skills Spokesperson, and many more!
Speakers include Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), Careers Wales, Engage to Change, and Workways+
Autism and Employment: Supporting employers in mainstream settings
Learning Disabled and Employment: Supporting employers in mainstream settings
The Welsh Government Skills’ Response to Covid-19 for employers
“What Works in Work?”
Workshop E – recording unavailable
Supported Employment in Wales: Emerging issues in challenging times for supported employment providers and employers
Some comments received from the delegates who attended the live symposium include:
“Really enjoyed all the speakers this morning, very informative, thank you to everyone involved putting all of this together”
“Really useful morning. Thanks”
“Thank you very much for everyone’s contributions – a really informative morning!”
“Thank you very informative”
The Team will host an employment symposium for autistic people and people with a learning disability in 2021. If you are autistic and/or have a learning disability and would like to be involved in the planning reference group for the next symposium, please let us know by emailing us at AutismWales@WLGA.gov.uk.
It’s not too late to get involved and participate in some of the discussions of the symposium. Follow us on social media and tag us in your posts by using the handle @AutismWales.