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Why employing people with autism can help a small business

Our very own Rebecca James, head of academy living here at Orbis Education and Care, has spoken to smallbusiness.co.uk about how employing someone with autism can help small businesses!

Did you know that 700 000 people in the UK are autistic? And according to statistics from the National Autistic Society, only 16 per cent of autistic adults are in full-time paid employment?

 

Helping autistic people get into work

Many autistic people have skills that are highly sought after in the workplace. They are often experts in specific topics, as they are passionate about subjects that interest them. They are methodical, brilliant researchers, pay considerable attention to detail and are highly productive. So, why aren’t more autistic people in paid employment?

It may be that employers lack awareness about what autistic people can offer. Or they may not have the right support network in place for autistic employees. It’s something Orbis is working hard to address.

Read the full story from Ben Lobel at www.smallbusiness.co.uk 

Simon Drinkwater joins Orbis as HR Director

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Simon Drinkwater has joined Orbis Education and Care as our new HR Director! Simon brings considerable experience from a range of senior HR roles, across healthcare and financial services most recently, and has been brought in to head up a forward thinking people and cultural agenda in support of the organisation’s continuing growth.

2017 was a year of considerable growth for us here at Orbis – with the opening of three new schools and, coupled with the acquisition of Bangeston Autism Care Services, more than 200 new staff were recruited into the business.


Here’s what CEO Mike Currier had to say:

“We are thrilled to welcome Simon to the Orbis family. Simon has spent a number of years in healthcare and has a solid understanding of the challenges we face in our day to day roles.

“The past year has been a massive time of growth for the business and Simon has joined us at a pivotal time of development and evolution.”

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On joining us at Orbis, Simon said: “It’s great to be back in the care sector at a really exciting time and with such an ambitious organisation and leadership team. Orbis is opening new facilities in and around Wales and I am looking forward to  working with my colleagues build upon the great foundations in place, to recruit and retain the best people in Wales to support the children and adults in our care, whilst making Orbis an even better place to work and develop a career.”

Welcome aboard Simon!

Children from Brecon clean up at Wildlife Trust

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Pupils from Brecon’s  Ty Bronllys and Summergil House have been rolling up their sleeves and helping with litter picking at Pwll y Wrach as part of their Eco School project.

Children from the schools have been working with volunteers at Brecnock Wildlife Trust to clear moss and generally clean up the Pwll y Wrach nature reserve, which is very popular with walkers and families.


Head of Education at Summergil House, Rachel Hackling, said: “We got in touch with the team at Brecnock Wildlife Trust earlier this year to see if we could work around the Trust area to help us achieve our bronze and Silver Eco  school status, where we help the wider community with environmental issues.
“It is very important that our children get to experience what it is like to work in the real world, as many of them have challenging behaviour and learning difficulties and so we jumped at the chance for them to learn new skills on the job.”
Rachel added: “The conservation officers agreed that we could help and we got cracking straight away. It has been great for the children and they have already received compliments on how much nicer the area around Pwll y Wrach is since we started working there.”


“Working in real life situations really helps the children to interact with the outside world and you can see them brim with confidence as they are given compliments on their work. It is great to see.”
Stephanie Coates, conservation officer at Brecnock Wildlife Trust, said: “We have worked closely with Rachel at Summergil House to find an activity which would be suitable for the children and it was great to see them all mucking in and cleaning up a very popular area.
“As an organisation we are resource poor, so it was great when Rachel approached us to help. The children have been cleaning interpretation panels as well as picking up litter and generally clearing up. Pwll y Wrach is a popular area – but with more people comes more litter and so having Ty Bronllys and Summergil House along to help us has been great.”
As well as maintaining the good work they have already carried out at Pwll y Wrach, the children will be moving on to help screw in Waymarker discs on trails in the coming weeks!

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