Training: Autism

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Don Touhig Don Touhig Chair, Members' Allowances Committee

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations his Department has received on the skills and training requirements of people with autism.

Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (also Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Further Education, Skills, Apprenticeships and Consumer Affairs) (also Department for Children, Schools and Families)

The Minister of State, Department of Health, my hon. Friend Phil Hope, who is responsible for Care Services, wrote to my right hon. Friend the Minister for Higher Education and Intellectual Property in September 2009 asking for support to develop a strategy for adults with autistic spectrum conditions.

Skills are vital for helping people with learning difficulties-including those associated with autism-obtain employment.

In order to support them to gain skills, we will ensure the new adult advancement and careers service (to be rolled out autumn 2010), can meet their needs and advise them on skills opportunities. For people with learning difficulties at Entry Level or Level 1, Foundation Learning will promote progression through personalised learning programmes delivered by schools, colleges and training organisations. Foundation Learning will be available from September 2010, with the majority of schools expected to be involved by 2011-12.

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