The National Autistic Society

What we do

We are the leading UK charity for people with autism and their families. Join our team and you’ll become part of a UK-wide network of autism specialists. Most importantly, you’ll be helping autistic people achieve breakthroughs, while carving your own career in social care and receiving support to aid your career development.

Who we are looking for

We’re seeking graduate Support Workers to assist with the day-to-day running of our services. It’s not easy, and it’s not for everyone. But as a Support Worker, the rewards can be much bigger than the challenges.

You’ll work flexibly to ensure the people we support achieve their outcomes. You will deliver direct support to autistic adults and children which will involve lone working and a degree of physical activity. Your day-to-day tasks would vary according to the client group and will include personal care, mealtime assistance and administration of medication as and when required.

We’re looking for caring, patient individuals. You could also have a connection to autism, or be autistic yourself. If you have no experience of autism, don’t worry, you’ll get all the training you need. A degree in social care, psychology or mental health is preferred but not essential.

Where will you be working?

We have 51 services located across the UK.

What we offer

Your personal development

We’ll give you all the support and training you need to help autistic people make more breakthroughs, as well as develop your own skills and career. 
Within your first 12 weeks with us, we’ll pay for you to complete the Care Certificate, essential for anyone working in health and social care. You’ll also have the chance to gain qualifications through training and support. 

As you progress with your career we will seek to promote you. Harry Ayeni, who manages our North London services, is one example. He joined us a Support Worker. “I found working with autistic children fascinating and wanted to continue that once I graduated from university. I joined The National Autistic Society and it’s great to work for an organisation with so many people driven to provide the right support for autistic people.”

NAS e-learning zone

We have an award-winning e-learning zone where you’ll complete your training and gain the skills needed to provide support.

Flexible working

We offer flexible working for staff, with part-time, term-time, and job share opportunities on offer. You’ll be able to fit your career with your other responsibilities with us.

We offer bank worker roles, where there are no fixed hours and you’re free to turn down work when it’s offered. They’re perfect for students or graduates wanting to try out a new career. 


As one of our 3,500-strong team you’ll enjoy a whole host of perks, from generous holiday entitlement to the chance to gain qualifications:

  • 33 days’ annual leave pro-rata (including bank holidays)
  • Child care vouchers
  • A generous sickness pay scheme
  • Season ticket loans
  • Discounts on high street and online shopping
  • Free employee assistance programme, available 24/7
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity leave
  • Cycle to Work scheme

Plus more!

Ready to apply?

There are three stages to our application process:
1. Apply online through our simple online recruitment portal.
2. Come to an assessment day. We’ll tell you beforehand about the day’s activities, carefully designed to measure your skills and capabilities. You’ll also get an insight into what our roles entail.
Some applicants with disabilities may prefer a one-on-one interview. If so, the interview will include some of the activities in the assessment day so that everyone is given the same opportunities.
3. Hired? Following your assessment day (or interview), we’ll be in touch within five working days to say whether you’ve got the job.

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