Three students, including Ben, at LVS Oxford's sister school in West Sussex are taking part in work experience placements at a local Little Chef.
The school aims to ensure that students have the best chance of living independently as possible and focuses on life skills and employability skills.
Ben, aged 17, has a diagnosis on the autism spectrum and since he joined LVS staff have worked with him to help him understand his difficulties and how to overcome them. When Ben was asked where he would like to work he chose a job in catering and staff contacted the local Little Chef restaurant, who have gone out of their way to make the work experience possible for Ben and two of his fellow students.
The students spread their time accross three shifts and carry out the usual tasks of a Waiter/ress in the restaurant.
Ben especially enjoys the customer service element of his work at The Little Chef and James, the Assistant Manager says "Ben is particularly keen on the customer service work and is always very polite and professional.
Current research shows that only 15% of young people with an autism spectrum diagnosis are in sustained, full-time employment and we are passionate about changing that statistic.