Autistic Hereford teenager wants to become a mechanic after garage help


A TEEN with autism is turning to a career in mechanics after successfully completing work experience in a Hereford garage.

Nathan Mansell hopes to start an apprenticeship in the future after securing an internship with Griffiths Auto Services in his hometown.

The 16-year-old, who lives with his mum Sam and dad Mark in the King’s Acre area, is looking to move when his full-time education at Summergil House, run by Orbis Education and Care, near Presteigne, comes to a end.

Nathan’s father, Mark, said the transition from full-time school to the world of work was important for any teenager, but it was something that could never be taken for granted for those living with it. autism like his son.


Mark, who approached Griffiths Autos, at Beech Business Park near Roman Road, on his son’s behalf, was genuinely delighted when Georgia and Billy Griffiths said they would like to give Nathan a chance.

Mr Griffiths said: ‘Nathan wants to work, he can’t wait to get into the workplace and he wants to start earning money.

“We as Griffiths Autos are very proud to be able to help Nathan into the workplace, he has fitted in so well with all of us and we are very pleased with the job he has done.”

Nathan Mansell at Griffiths Auto Services, Hereford

Mark added: “Billy has prior knowledge of children with autism and I think that’s what made him go the extra mile and hire Nathan.”

“Nathan communicates with the people there, he mixes with the garage customers and from day one he’s been stuck. He loves it and we’re thrilled with what Billy has done for him.”


Orbis Education and Care said it is widely recognized that people with autism face multiple disadvantages throughout their lives, which can lead to a lack of confidence.

Recent data from the Office for National Statistics showed that only 22% of adults with autism were employed, a figure lower than previously estimated by companies like the National Autistic Society.

So for those who have worked with Nathan at Summergil House since he was a child, it has been a “great pleasure” to watch him grow into a confident young man who is creating a future path to employment.

Eve Hodnett, Head of Education at Summergil House, said: “The path to full-time employment is rarely straightforward for anyone, but can involve a host of additional hurdles and challenges for people with autism.

“These hurdles that each person must overcome to carve out a path forward are also unique to each individual, so what the future holds for people living with autism often involves great uncertainty in the process.

“To see Nathan so fully committed to a role that holds so much promise and potential for his future beyond his time with us at Summergil House is an absolute delight for those of us who have watched him grow from a quiet child to the young man he is today.

“He is a shining example of how anyone can follow their passions in life no matter what their challenges. what the future holds for him.

Orbis Education and Care operates 16 schools, day care and residential services for children and adults in Wales and England which support people with complex needs associated with autism.

At Summergil House, it includes 18 acres of nature trails, playgrounds, a giant polytunnel and a large chicken coop, as well as a gym, hydrotherapy pool and communal residential kitchens, dining rooms and lounges.

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