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Course boost for autistic jobseekers

By Alan Beresford

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JOBSEEKERS who are on the autism spectrum are to have the chance to take part in a course to help them remove some of the barriers between them and the world of work.

Autistic jobseekers are being offered a course to help break down the barriers.
Autistic jobseekers are being offered a course to help break down the barriers.

Friday, January 24 will see the start of the two-month long Engaging the Spectrum course, which is being run at Lossiemouth Entertainment Academy.

Potential students on the course will be able to get a taste of what it will have to offer at a drop-in session due to be held at Lossie Entertainment Academy on Friday, January 17 from 11am-1pm.

The core aims of the course include supporting students to remove the barriers they face, helping them deal with their illness and tackle some of the issues that are relative to fuller working lives, while also helping them to integrate into society better.

One of the key elements over the two months of the programme is performing within an ensemble cast as part of a theatre company. This involves looking at the various skills, the behaviours and etiquette required and making informed choices.

By the end of the course, students will be encouraged to draw up their own individual pathway into employment.

Those interested should speak to their Jobcentre work coach in the first instance.

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