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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-02042: Alexander Burnett (Aberdeenshire West)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 25 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what measures are in place to support young people with autism and Asperger's who are in mainstream education or who are seeking apprenticeships or other work placements.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 2 May 2018

There are a range of mechanisms in place to support young people with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome in schools, who are seeking apprenticeships or other work placements.

These include:

  • additional support for learning in schools;
  • support for apprenticeships from Skills Development Scotland delivered via Career, Information and Guidance services, and funding and promotion of apprenticeship programmes.
  • support for work placements is encouraged through the Developing the Young Workforce programme.

This work is delivered in the context of the Autism Strategy Outcomes and Priorities which seeks to improve outcomes on, health, choice and control, independence and active citizenship