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Royal Bank of Scotland partners with auticon to offer jobs to autistic consultants in Edinburgh

This week, auticon UK, a social enterprise which exclusively employs IT consultants who are on the autism spectrum, has announced the launch, in partnership with Royal Bank of Scotland, of a new base in Edinburgh, as part of its strategy to create more jobs for autistic adults in Scotland.

auticon, which raised investment from Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation in 2016, plans to expand its presence in Scotland by working with major local firms and SMEs so it can offer long-term, quality and sustainable employment for as many autistic people with a background in tech as possible.

Now in partnership with Royal Bank of Scotland, its first step will be to offer full-time permanent employment to three autistic consultants who will work on IT projects at the Royal Bank of Scotland Headquarters in Edinburgh.

auticon UK’s CEO, Ray Coyle, said:

“Unemployment among autistic adults is a major issue in Scotland, so we are thrilled to be working with Royal Bank of Scotland to launch a new base for auticon in Edinburgh. Our goal is to offer sustainable, long-term employment to as many autistic individuals in Scotland as possible, and we are inviting any candidates with a background in tech to get in touch.

auticon consultants offer market-leading services in tech and IT, and are incredibly popular with blue chips. Our partnership with Royal Bank of Scotland has paved the way to our launch in Edinburgh - and we are keen to grow our presence and work with major firms and SMEs across the country.”

Royal Bank of Scotland’s Chief Marketing Officer, and Executive Sponsor for the bank’s disability agenda, David Wheldon, added:

“Royal Bank is committed to, and passionate about, building an inclusive bank for both our customers and our colleagues. We are here to serve customers well and this drives our commitment to a diverse and inclusive culture as we strive to make this a great place to work and a great place to bank. We are proud to be working with auticon to help bring new employment opportunities to autistic adults in Scotland.”

auticon is unique in directly employing autistic IT consultants, and offering full support in the form of professional job coaches, who advise clients on creating autism-friendly work environments and support consultants, as needed, to ensure they feel comfortable and are able to fulfil their potential in the workplace. Find out more here.

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