Understanding autism in the workplace comes under the spotlight

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Autism in the workplace will be put in the spotlight on 18th April during one of our focused ‘lunch and learn’ events for employers and HR leaders.

Following on from the successful ‘Introduction to Neurodiversity and ADHD’ sessions, we have a brand-new workshop and presentation planned, focusing specifically on understanding Autism in the workplace.

The timely event will be among many around the country to bring a focus on Autism, with World Autism Acceptance Week 2024 taking place at the start of April.

It’s often quoted that 15-20 per cent of people are neurodivergent, that is, have a brain that works in a way different to the majority. However, further research and understanding means this figure might be much higher.

And according to The Buckland Review of Autism Employment, only around 30 per cent of working-age autistic people are in employment.

Anne Corder Recruitment Managing Director Nel Woolcott said: “Many ‘challenges’ neurodivergent people face are more to do with the environment and systems they are placed in, often designed by a majority population.

“With increasing referrals for Autism in adults, we need to understand the condition and how it may present in the workplace.

“With this in mind, we are delighted that inspiring and engaging Learning Consultant Hayley Brackley (pictured) will be leading the workshop – providing a simple introduction to Autism, to increase our understanding and provide practical tips on how to create a space to belong for Autistic colleagues.”

Hayley will guide those attending the virtual lunch and learn session on 18 April through a number of key points, drawing on her many years of personal experience.

This will include:

  • Offering an understanding of the term Autism and a history of the Autism.
  • Gaining knowledge of sensory experiences.
  • Exploring practical ways to foster belonging for Autistic colleagues.

Hayley said: “As a neurodiversity coach, trainer and keynote speaker, I am on a mission to transform workplaces through the power of neuroinclusion!

“My own experiences of being Neurodivergent, being diagnosed with ADD and dyslexia 22 years ago, and more recently discovering I am autistic, fuels my mission.

“I have gone from feeling isolated and unsupported, to founding my own company that champions the very essence of neurodiversity and inclusion. Each and every one of us deserves to come to work and have our best day.

“The aim of the workshop is to not only educate those employers who will be attending but to also empower them.”

Book your place and find out more about our other upcoming events.


Alex Smith

Recruitment Specialist

I’ve worked in recruitment for the same agency for over 12 years, covering finance, office support, construction, and engineering. Temp and perm. Previously, my line of work was within banking and estate agency.
Favourite food: “Curry (Hot)”
Favourite film: “Heat”

Outside of work

“Gym 5 days a week. Home life consists mostly of entertaining a 3 year old! (for clarification – my son)”

Alex on ACR

“Very refreshing to work for a recruitment agency that genuinely care for their candidates and clients”

E: alex@annecorder.co.uk
T: 01733 235298

Sarah-Jane Bond

Recruitment Specialist

I have spent the majority of my career working in Operational and Project Management roles. I first worked with ACR about 25 years ago as a candidate. ACR secured me a role at RNIB, where I stayed for 15 years, finishing as Head of Operations. Recruitment has always been a big part of the roles I have undertaken and is something that I really enjoy. When you match a fantastic candidate with the right client there is no better feeling!
Favourite food: “Has to be any dish from the Mediterranean”
Favourite film: “There are many, love a chick flick, especially ‘The Holiday at Christmas”

Outside of work

“I love socialising with friends, can always squeeze a bit of retail therapy in around volunteering at Deeping Rangers FC, running their hospitality on match days.”

Sarah-Jane on ACR

“I couldn’t have been more delighted when Nel asked me to join the company and have felt at home since day one. They really do care about providing the best service for their clients and candidates, building genuine relationships with both. The team culture is second to none, everyone supporting and looking out for each other. It is a pleasure to come to work every day.”

E: sarahjane@annecorder.co.uk
T: 01733 235298

Emily Hill

Recruitment Specialist

Emily was a Primary School Teacher for 10 years, before moving into the EdTech space, as a Relationship Specialist for MATs. She joined ACR in July 2023 and particularly thrives when recruiting for Account Management, Customer Service and Sales roles.
Favourite food:
“Spag bol or pizza”
Favourite film:
“The Notebook – or any romantic chick flick really!”

Outside of work

“I have a 1-year-old, so love fun family weekends with my husband and son more than anything. Time socialising with friends and family is where I’m happiest.”

Emily on ACR
“The unique culture, values, and style at ACR is polar opposite to other recruitment agencies and what I believed recruitment was. Having previously been a Relationship Specialist, I feel I’m doing the same thing! No hard sell, we truly care about our candidates and clients, and the team culture is 2nd to none!”
E: emily@annecorder.co.uk
T: 01733 235298

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