"There are 22 of us at Zest and we all sit in one big room, which can be pretty hectic and overwhelming. Over the months, Robert has grown to being comfortable in these surroundings, so much so that he now works with us three days per week with his support worker reducing their hours considerably." - Bruce Smith, Director of Creative

We launched Autism Awareness Month by sharing an interview with one of our Supported Internship employer partners, the document warehouse. Exploring how taking on autistic interns has had a positive impact on their business.

As we near the end of Autism Awareness Month, we share with you a story directly from another of our innovative employers, Zest The Agency, a creative agency based in Lords Wood, Kent.  Click on the picture below to read the full article and find out why Zest are telling other businesses to take on an intern.

"I would urge every business who can to support organisations like Bemix, not in the future but now. It’s a worthwhile cause that is making a positive difference, not just to the individual’s life, but the wider family unit as well."

Often, autistic people are stereotyped and therefore limited in the opportunities made available to them. The diversity of our work placements reflects the individuality of our students, all with their own talents, experience and interests.  Although training to become a graphic designer is a long process, and may take additional time for Robert to learn in the way most appropriate for him, he is already producing some incredible work on his placement.  Robert created the image below, capturing the friendly and vibrant team that have welcomed him into their workforce on his placement - wonderful work!

Click on the image to find out more about the team at Zest.

If you are an employer and are interested in finding out more about the programme and taking up our free, in depth job matching and in-work support service - find out more here

If you or someone you know might be interested in finding a job through our Supported Internships programme, you can find out more and speak to our friendly team by clicking here.