The Royal Bank of Scotland has teamed up with auticon UK, a social enterprise which employs only IT consultants on the autism spectrum as part of a strategy to create more jobs for autistic adults in Scotland.
With the support of RBS, auticon UK has today announced the launch of a new base in Edinburgh, its first in the UK outside of London.
Through this partnership, auticon UK will be able to offer full-time permanent employment to three autistic consultants who will work on IT projects at RBS’ Headquarters in Edinburgh. Although 77% of people with autism on benefits in the UK want to work, only 16% are in full-time employment.
auticon UK offers its consultant full support in the form of professional job coaches, who advise clients on creating autism-friendly work environments and support consultants, as needed, to ensure they feel comfortable and are able to fulfil their potential in the workplace.
The company also plans to expand its presence in Scotland by working with local firms and SMEs on a project basis, so that it can offer long-term, quality and sustainable employment for as many autistic people with a background in tech as possible.
auticon UK’s CEO, Ray Coyle, said: “Unemployment among autistic adults is a major issue in Scotland, so we are thrilled to be working with Royal Bank of Scotland to launch a new base for auticon in Edinburgh.
“Our goal is to offer sustainable, long-term employment to as many autistic individuals in Scotland as possible, and we are inviting any candidates with a background in tech to get in touch.”
Royal Bank of Scotland’s Chief Marketing Officer, and Executive Sponsor for the bank’s disability agenda, David Wheldon, said: “Royal Bank is committed to, and passionate about, building an inclusive bank for both our customers and our colleagues.
“We are here to serve customers well and this drives our commitment to a diverse and inclusive culture as we strive to make this a great place to work and a great place to bank. We are proud to be working with auticon to help bring new employment opportunities to autistic adults in Scotland.”
In the UK, auticon consultants work on IT projects for clients including Linklaters, KPMG and Experian. It employs more than 150 IT consultants on the autistic spectrum in the UK, US, Germany, Italy and France, and is the first social enterprise to scale this model across Europe.
Previously, the company successfully raised investment from Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation in 2016.