Alex has a future full of possibilities after his supported internship
Twenty-three-year-old Alex now works part-time at his local leisure centre after completing a supported internship arranged by National Star.
Alex was keen to become more independent and work towards gaining employment. He was determined to ensure his autism did not get in the way of him progressing his career aspirations.
Alex’s job coach was matched him GLL Leisure Centres. He began working at the centre’s site in Mile End, London, before moving to their Hackney base.
He helped set up for events, supported activities, cleaned and worked on reception, as well as helping with administration. During that time he was supported by a tutor and a job coach. Alex said that the opportunity changed his life.
‘The support and encouragement I received gave me the confidence I needed to recognise my potential. The thing I am most proud of is that I do not allow my autism to get in the way of the things I want to achieve.’
Alex’s commitment to his placement earned him a job. He was nominated for, and won, the Intern of the Year award from Barking and Dagenham College.