Who We Are

Who We Are2021-04-06T15:02:10+01:00

We believe every Neurodiverse person should have a fair, equal chance to find a meaningful, fairly-paid job they love.

We’re a new not-for-profit social enterprise that works with three groups to make this goal happen:

  • Neurodiverse people, who we support to find a role that helps them thrive, not just survive.
  • Supportive Employers, who we work with to find amazing jobs which are perfectly suited to Neurodiverse people, as well as helping the companies themselves understand the benefits of working with Neurodiverse people.
  • Our Partners, who we work with to bring services to Neurodiverse people, to help them prepare for the world of work and beyond.

Who We Support

We support anyone who identifies as Neurodiverse. We’re not hung-up on labels, and we don’t require any formal diagnosis for someone to access our services. We recognise that finding meaningful work can already be surprisingly difficult in the Neurodiverse community, and we don’t believe in creating even more barriers. 

We also know that within the Neurodiverse community, everyone is different. Every person we work with will have a service that is designed for them. For some, that may just mean providing a list of suitable job opportunitiesFor others, it may mean providing varying levels of support and services available from the Brilliant Minds team and our amazing partner organisations. 

Our aim is to find the right balance and approach for you as a person – as unique, individual and independent as you are. 

Why We Exist

In the UK, the overall employment rate is about 75% of people who are of working age. For Autistic adults, the employment rate is just 16%. That means 5 out of every 6 autistic adults who could be enjoying meaningful employment are currently out of work.

There are many fantastic charities, social enterprises, businesses and local or central government schemes to help under-served communities find work, but these services are mainly built around the traditional work environment, often within a local community and with a small group of potential employers. 

When the pandemic hit at the start of 2020, businesses were forced to change – to be more flexible, support remote workers and adjust their working practices. Almost overnight, homeworking became normal for millions of workers, and this has created new opportunities for the Neurodiverse community. Many of the barriers to traditional employment have disappeared and a whole new world of freelancing, open talent and the gig economy has opened up. 

The open talent model has grown steadily over the last 10 years, but in 2020 has seen rapid growth as jobseekers and employers alike recognise the future of work has suddenly become the present.  As a freelancer it doesn’t matter where you live, where you work or where your employer is based in the world.  

Brilliant Minds will bring the world of open talent to the UK employability sector and will offer a safe, secure and supported environment for neurodiverse talent to thrive.  We will help Neurodiverse people navigate this new and exciting world of work and provide the necessary support through our network of partners. 

Why We Exist

In the UK, the overall employment rate is about 75% of people who are of working age. For Autistic adults, the employment rate is just 16%. That means 5 out of every 6 autistic adults who could be enjoying meaningful employment are currently out of work.

There are many fantastic charities, social enterprises, businesses and local or central government schemes to help under-served communities find work, but these services are mainly built around the traditional work environment, often within a local community and with a small group of potential employers. 

When the pandemic hit at the start of 2020, businesses were forced to change – to be more flexible, support remote workers and adjust their working practices. Almost overnight, homeworking became normal for millions of workers, and this has created new opportunities for the Neurodiverse community. Many of the barriers to traditional employment have disappeared and a whole new world of freelancing, open talent and the gig economy has opened up.

The open talent model has grown steadily over the last 10 years, but in 2020 has seen rapid growth as jobseekers and employers alike recognise the future of work has suddenly become the present.  As a freelancer it doesn’t matter where you live, where you work or where your employer is based in the world.  

Brilliant Minds will bring the world of open talent to the UK employability sector and will offer a safe, secure and supported environment for neurodiverse talent to thrive.  We will help Neurodiverse people navigate this new and exciting world of work and provide the necessary support through our network of partners. 

Our Story

Gary, Neil and Josh are fathers of children and young adults on the autism spectrum, who were frustrated at the lack of employment opportunities for people with autism and the wider Neurodiverse community and decided to do something about it. Many autistic people are disadvantaged, either through having left education with little or no qualifications, by having to cope with the daily challenges of their condition, or through how they are perceived by others – especially employers and co-workers.

Through their successful careers in IT, our founders know that with the right support there are many fantastic opportunities within the IT industry that would suit Neurodiverse people working from home with flexible hours. They have built strong connections with many major global IT service providers who can offer the training, opportunities and support that will help Neurodiverse people build successful careers within the IT industry.

We believe everybody deserves an opportunity to find a meaningful, fairly-paid job they truly want to do.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Brilliant Minds work outside the UK?2021-03-31T12:03:23+01:00

At the moment, we only work with people, organisations and partners in the UK, but we may explore working with partners overseas. If you’re working with Brilliant Minds already, and need to move overseas or spend a long time abroad, we may be able to help find equivalent organisations to provide similar support in another country.

Can you help me tell if I’m Neurodiverse?2021-03-31T12:03:34+01:00

We’ve found many of our visitors may read parts of our website and think “That sounds really familiar – am I Neurodiverse?”. Brilliant Minds isn’t here to help you diagnose a Neurodiverse condition, but we are there to help find meaningful employment for anyone who identifies as Neurodiverse, anyone who thinks they might be Neurodiverse, or anyone who has been diagnosed as Neurodiverse. We don’t require you to have a formal diagnosis – simply personally identifying as Neurodiverse is enough for us.

If you think you might be Neurodiverse, and want to get a professional opinion or a formal diagnosis, it’s best to talk to your GP or or the NHS 111 phone service – both of which can help refer you to the right teams to provide expert guidance.

Are you affiliated with brilliantminds.com or brilliantminds.co.uk?2021-04-03T08:52:58+01:00

No, Our organisation (Brilliant Minds Open Talent CIC) is not affiliated with brilliantminds.com or brilliantminds.co.uk.

Is Brilliant Minds a charity?2021-03-20T21:00:14+00:00

No, we’re not a charity. We’re a “Community Interest Company” (CIC). That means we’re a limited company with special additional features that make sure we conduct business for community benefit, not purely for private profit. Our company is legally founded on the principle that we want to make a positive change in the world around us, not just make a profit.

If you identify as neurodiverse, and you’re looking for work,
get in touch today to find out what we can do to help you begin your journey.

If you identify as neurodiverse, and you’re looking for work,
get in touch today to find out what we can do to help you begin your journey.

If you identify as neurodiverse, and you’re looking for work, get in touch today
to find out what we can do to help you begin your journey.

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