24th August 2018

Employability & Enterprise Service: Autistic Enterprisers Programme

Cantraybridge college, which makes a unique and important contribution to the lives of people with additional support needs, has been awarded £239,028 from the Social Economy Growth Fund to support people with autism to set up their own micro businesses. 

Cantraybridge College, Croy, will use the award to train 84 individuals in how to identify business ideas and then set up their own supported micro-enterprises. 

Cantraybridge CEO, Jenny Liddell, explains, The Autistic Enterprisers programme is no ordinary business education programme.  It combines enterprise education with personal support to assist individuals in overcoming both professional and personal barriers to becoming self-employed. It also offers options for a range of continuing support once a new business is launched. 

Autistic Enterprisers aims to create at least 18 new businesses by March 2020 and is open to any adult with an autistic spectrum condition living in Highland.  The College is currently recruiting for an Enterprise Trainer and Autism Mentor/Counsellor, who will travel throughout the region to deliver individualised training and support.

The Social Economy Growth Fund - backed by the Scottish Government and European Social Fund - has made more than £4 million of funding available to 22 Scottish organisations, social enterprises and charities to address poverty and social exclusion. The Scottish Government was keen to fund Autistic Enterprisers and representatives visited Cantraybridge earlier this week to meet some of animal care students who may join the programme (pictured).

Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell said, “The Social Economy Growth Fund enables organisations to design and deliver community-led solutions to overcome poverty, disadvantage and inequalities – which is a key principle of our Fairer Scotland Action Plan.  We are encouraging councils and third sector partners to develop local strategies that advance the social enterprise sector in every part of Scotland.”

Research findings from the pilot programme will be presented to the Scottish Government and could see similar holistic programmes being opened up nationally.  Less than one third of autistic adults find their way into the workplace, leading to their social and economic exclusion and significant cost to the economy.

Adults with autistic spectrum conditions are encouraged to get in touch with the college if they wish to reserve a place on the programme:  admin@cantraybridge.co.uk or T: 01667 493500.

Supporting young adults to reach their potential

About the College

Cantraybridge promotes the skills and talents of young people with disabilities. We champion the rights of young people by creating opportunities to learn and grow.

Skills

We support our students to develop skills equipping them for work. We empower our young people through a managed transition from college to enhance their employability.

Independent Living

We provide accommodation for 20 students attending College. Residents develop their independent living skills whilst they are here in preparation for living in a place of their own.

Cantraybridge Cafe and Venue Hire

Our Cafe and Venue Hire, Market Garden and the visitor facilities at our Aviary department. We are open from Monday to Friday 10.00 pm - 3.00 pm

Latest news from Cantraybridge

24th August 2018

Employability & Enterprise Service: Autistic Enterprisers Programme

Cantraybridge college, which makes a unique and important contribution to the lives of people with additional support needs, has been awarded £239,028 from the Social Economy Growth Fund to support people...

18th April 2018

Woodskills Opening

Thank you all for coming along today to celebrate the opening of Cantraybridge College’s new Woodskills Training Facility. It is hard to believe that just a few months...