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auticon launches in Scotland

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auticon's CEO Ray Coyle, COO Viola Sommer, and RBS Chief Marketing Officer David Wheldon

auticon launches office in Edinburgh to create tech jobs for autistic talent across Scotland

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

 

12th February 2019, Edinburgh. In partnership with Royal Bank of Scotland, auticon UK, a unique social enterprise which exclusively employs IT consultants on the autism spectrum, today announced the launch of a new base in Edinburgh, the company’s first in the UK outside of London – as part of its strategy to create more jobs for autistic adults in Scotland.

Partnering with Royal Bank of Scotland, auticon’s first step will be to offer full-time permanent employment to three autistic consultants who will work on IT projects at RBS’ Headquarters in Edinburgh. auticon, which raised investment from Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation in 2016, plans to expand its presence in Scotland – working with major local firms and SMEs on a project basis, so it can offer long-term, quality and sustainable employment for as many autistic people with a background in tech as possible.

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, said:

“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.

In the UK, only 16% of autistic adults are in full time employment, despite 77% of people with autism on out of work benefits wanting to work [1].

auticon employs more than 150 IT consultants on the autism spectrum in the UK, US, Germany, Italy and France, and is the first social enterprise to scale this model across Europe and worldwide.

auticon’s new base in Edinburgh is the company’s first in the UK outside of London, and follows successful projects with the instant supplier payments decision making company, Previse, in Glasgow and support from Alexander Mann Solutions.

In the UK, auticon consultants work on IT projects for clients including Linklaters, KPMG, Experian and GlaxoSmithKline.

 

Autistic candidates can find out more at www.auticon.co.uk/careers or email

Scotland.careers@auticon.co.uk

 

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Notes to Editor:

[1] See the National Autistic Society (NAS) – http://www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/media-centre/news/2016-10-27-employment-gap.aspx

About auticon:

auticon is an IT and compliance consulting business and the first enterprise to exclusively employ adults on the autism spectrum as IT consultants. It was founded in Berlin in November 2011 with investment from the Munich and London-based Ananda Social Venture Fund.

auticon appointed Kurt Schöffer as CEO in 2013 to grow and expand the social enterprise. An international entrepreneur in the IT, energy and media sectors, Kurt was also an original investor in auticon. In spring 2016, auticon launched offices in London, UK and Paris, France. Ray Coyle was appointed as UK CEO at auticon in August 2016, and is leading the company’s expansion in the UK.

Autistic adults often have extraordinary cognitive abilities, such as logic, pattern recognition, precision, sustained concentration, and an ability to intuitively spot errors; yet many find it difficult to secure or maintain mainstream employment. auticon taps into this potential and produces a win-win-win situation for clients, autistic consultants, as well as society.

 

About Royal Bank:

Royal Bank of Scotland has paved the way in banking ever since it was established in 1727. From the world’s first overdraft, and the first house purchase loan by a UK bank, to the first fully-fledged internet banking service and mobile banking app the bank has a history of making life easier for its customers.

The bank has commitment to retain its close connections with the Scottish communities it serves.

Developing an inclusive culture for employees and customers has been a top priority for the Royal Bank of Scotland for a number of  years, inclusion is a priority and the bank are making significant progress in building a disability smart bank, from employee adjustments to developing customer products & services.

For example:

  • Royal Bank has introduced a full suite of RNIB accredited cards last year, to make it easier for our partially sighted customers. Engagement of our disabled colleagues is up by 5 points on last year.
  • Royal Bank of Scotland are ranked as a Leader/Exemplary level in the Government’s Disability Confident Scheme.
  • In December, Royal Bank of Scotland hosted the Scottish Disability Conference in Edinburgh
  • The Royal Bank employee-led disability Network has c.1100 members.

For more information on Royal Bank of Scotland and their work towards building a more inclusive bank – click here

 

Press contact:

Katie Lahani

auticon Public Relations

Mobile: 07519 751399

Email: press@auticon.co.uk

www.auticon.co.uk