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CareTrade is a multi-award winning charity providing innovative opportunities for Londoners with autism to transition from school/college towards and into employment.

In our first 6 years we have supported over 100 individuals from 14 boroughs and have developed four leading employment focused projects.

  • All participants report increased self-confidence
  • 92% of graduates from The Autism Project @GSTT are work ready
  • 57% of those on Employment Opportunities gain paid employment or a paid apprenticeship within 6 months
  • 2 have remained in the same position for over 5 years now

We are currently running one project aimed at preparing and supporting young people with autism into employment.

  • The Autism Project is a full time 2 year course; students attend 9am-4pm, Monday to Friday, for 72 weeks. The aim of the course is to help young adults with autism (18-25) prepare for employment by offering work experience placements in a supportive environment at Guy's & St. Thomas' Hospitals.

We also provide in work support (funded by DWP Access to Work) and are officially a City & Guilds Centre. CareTrade successfully applied to be categorised and published, as of 31 August 2016, as a Special post-16 institution on GOV.UK

Who to contact

Contact Name
Judith Kerem
Contact Position
Development Director
Social Media

Where to go

The Clarence Centre
6 St Georges Circus


Other Details


Referral required
Referral Details

Self-referral or referral from professionals.

An application form must be completed (please contact us for one) and if the applicant meets our criteria an interview will be offered.

Places are offered on a conditional basis and will only become unconditional on us receiving funding from the Local Authority

Local Offer

Who is this service available to?
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Child/young person with a Statement/Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • Disability statement
  • Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET)
  • Young person aged between 18 to 25 (SEND)
When is this service available?

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

How do you access this service?

We accept referrals from Local Authorities and directly from young people.

Applicants should complete a TAP application form and supply copies of documents as requested including a copy of a current EHCP where applicable. We hold informal interviews with all applicants (who meet our primary criteria) and all suitable applicants are invited to complete a half day assessment and DBS check.

How do we ensure the quality of this service?

All participants are given a baseline assessment when they start with us and progress is assessed at regular intervals. Participants have weekly classroom sessions where they work towards a City and Guilds qualification. This is overseen by our hightly qualified and experienced tutor.

Partiipants are also visited in their work placements by staff and feedback taken from placement mentors. All mentors are trainied before they support a young person with autism.

We are a registered providor for the Department for Work and Pensions.

What to do if you have a complaint?

Please contact

Can parents and young people buy this service as part of their SEND personal budget?

Yes. The Autism Project is £3,2289.27, per year (with deductions for Elements 1 and 2 if applicable).

Local Offer Age Bands
Transitions to Adulthood (16+)
Needs Level
SEN Provision Type
Last Updated 02/09/2020

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