The Wiremill pub in North Lingfield was presented with a certificate to thank them for the opportunity they have given to one of the students from LVS Hassocks, a school for youngsters diagnosed on the autism spectrum.
Liam Pope, aged 17, wants to be a chef when he leaves school. To fulfil that dream and with the support of his school, LVS Hassocks, Liam has been working one day a week for experience for the last year. During that time he has studied for his NVQ1 and continues to study for his NVQ2 in catering and food preparation. Tim Foster of the Yummy Pub Co. which owns the pub said Liam was so good, and we enjoyed having him around so much, we extended his placement beyond the original three months”.
85% of adults with Autism are not in full time paid employment1 and LVS Hassocks works with its students to help them reach their full potential, focusing on real work and employability skills. Work experience is an invaluable help in developing these skills.
The Wiremill have already offered to take further students from LVS Hassocks for future work placements saying “we would love to snap Liam up as a full-time member of our team when he has completed his training. He is definitely the reason we employ and develop young people in the pub trade. He’s a future star”.
The school is always looking for more work experience places for its students and would welcome contact from any business that feels it could offer work placements to young people.
1Finished at School – Where next for young people with autism? Published by The Pears National Centre for Autism Education, October 2011.
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.