YOUNG people with autism in Clydebank are being given the opportunity to make steps towards employment.

The National Autistic Society Scotland’s Moving Forward programme is working with people on the autistic spectrum to help develop skills for the workplace.

The charity aims to close the autistic employment gap after finding just 16 per cent of autistic adults in the United Kingdom are in full-time work.

Jim Doherty, programme manager for the National Autistic Society Scotland, said: “Mentoring is a key element of that pathway, matching those young people who are furthest from employment with volunteer mentors.”