Adam is 22-years-old and hasn’t had a job since leaving school. He is very enthusiastic but his autism and dyslexia have held him back. When he first came to IAF he was very demoralised through his experiences with other agencies and believed that nobody was willing to give him a chance.

Although Adam wanted to work in hospitality he felt that his chances were very slim as he is very nervous when meeting new people and in interview situations. Adam was signed up to Talent Match to work on his confidence and skills in the workplace, soon he was on a work placement at a hotel as a kitchen assistant, with the support of IAF. 

IAF spent a lot of time preparing for the interview with Adam and helped him to buy suitable interview clothes. Adam did really well at interview and they felt that Adam would do very well there. Adam also wanted something else to fill his time so IAF set up a work placement at a coffee shop in Sutton. Adam completed two days a week in the kitchens at the hotel and two days a week at the coffee shop to gain customer service experience.

The next step for Adam was to sign up for The Prince’s Trust team programme, which he has just graduated from and gained various qualifications in manual handling, food hygiene and first aid. With support from his IAF mentor he was able to gain further work experience in hospitality, as well as volunteering with the Peak District National Park and raising money to improve the outdoor facilities at Nottingham Community Housing Association. This was a huge step for Adam, it really brought him out of his comfort zone and enabled him to work with lots of different people on a range of projects.

Adam is currently on a training course with APTCOO, receiving support with his reading and writing, and improving his independent living skills with Brighter Futures.