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Join us in making the
ordinary possible for children
and young people with autism

We're looking for individuals who are great at what they do, and who are passionate about our mission. The Ambitious Approach is our model of education practice, designed to be used in our education settings to support children and young people with autism.

We have a clear vision of what we want our education settings to achieve. We want to prepare children and young people for a happy and fulfilling life and, whilst doing so, afford them dignity, respect, and compassion. At its heart, the Ambitious Approach focuses on improving the quality of life of autistic young people while they are in education and ensuring this quality of life continues into adulthood.

Your work here may be challenging at times, but as you support young people with autism to achieve their potential you will be rewarded in ways you hadn’t imagined. Whether you help a young person to grow in confidence, help businesses to understand the benefits of neurodivergence, or you are instrumental in supporting a child's learning, you will be helping us work towards a world where the ordinary is the everyday experience of children and young people with autism.

We don't believe you'll get a stronger sense of achievement anywhere else.

The first step is to visit our current vacancies page and read through the job description, watch our organisational videos & have a good look around the rest of our site to understand what it is we do here at Ambitious about Autism.

Once you’ve found a position you would like to apply for, click on ‘Apply now’ where you will be prompted to sign in or create a new profile with us. Next, we will ask you to complete our application form which involves answering a few questions, attaching your CV and a supporting statement, and providing us with some personal information i.e your references and your contact details.

Once submitted, you will receive an email from us confirming that we have received your application. If you don’t receive an email from us with this confirmation please check your junk or spam mailbox. If you are unable to find a confirmation email it means that we haven’t received your application and you should submit it again.

We will always let you know via email the outcome of your application and we aim to do this as quickly as possible. We do receive a high volume of applications for all our roles, so unfortunately we aren’t able to provide individual feedback for unsuccessful candidates at the initial stages – we hope you understand.

Our commitment to you:

We are part of the Disability Confident Scheme and will guarantee to interview candidates with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria of the role as detailed under the person specification.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and we are a Regulated Activity Provider (RAP). We will ask shortlisted candidates to disclose all unspent cautions or convictions and any cautions or convictions that would not be filtered by the Disclosure & Barring Service. Applicants should not disclose details of criminal convictions that would be filtered as we are not permitted to take these into account.

We will not automatically refuse to employ a particular individual just because they have a previous criminal conviction. Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from working with us. This will depend on the offence and the relevance of the offence in relation to the position applied for. We will review the individual circumstances of the case and may, at our discretion, decline to select the individual for employment.

If you have been shortlisted, you will be sent a criminal history self-disclosure that must be returned to us prior to interview. We will provide you with information about what details must and must not be disclosed and contact details of organisations that can provide impartial advice. Any relevant criminal history that you disclose will be discussed with you at the interview stage.

Due to the current pandemic most interviews are taking place virtually.

At Ambitious about Autism we recognise the values and strengths each individual brings to the team. Please be open and honest with us when demonstrating your skills, knowledge and expertise, so we can find out as much relevant information about you as possible.

We look forward to meeting you and welcome questions about the role and organisation.

We offer feedback to all interviewed candidates. Please be aware that we do not reimburse candidates for travel or online expenses. Good luck!

Congratulations, we have offered you a role! We can’t wait for you to be a part of the amazing work we’re doing.

Safeguarding is at the heart of everything we do. We do our best to have this process completed before your first day but that’s not always possible, so if there’s anything you can do to help speed things along we would be most grateful. Our safeguarding process will include: - obtaining an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate to enable you to work with children and young adults. We also must have your references returned & verified satisfactory as well as proof and confirmation around any gaps in your employment.

Due to the current pandemic we will ask you to scan in your original ID or in some cases dependant on your role, you will be invited to one of our sites for an ID check prior to your start date.

On your first day expect a warm welcome and introduction to your team, be it online or in person plus you’ll be given an induction programme to help you settle in.

From all the team, we look forward to working with you.

Sound good? We'd love to hear from you. Visit our current vacancies page to view a full list of opportunities we have available. If you don’t see a job that suits you today, why not sign up to our job alerts and you'll be the first to know when a new opportunity does arise.

Frequently asked questions

What if I have trouble submitting my application?

Not to worry, the Recruitment Team are happy to help. Please email jobs@ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk and we'll talk you through it.

Can you tell me the format of the interview?

Sure, most of our interviews include competency based questioning with a panel of two staff members relevant to the role. You will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end.

I don't have a scanner so I can't send you my ID documents. What do I do?

Download the Fast Scanner app onto your smartphone and follow the instructions. You will then be able to send us your ID documents in the correct format, helping us complete your onboarding checks quickly.

For any further queries please contact the Recruitment Team at jobs@ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk.