Our Assessment & Training Program offers people with autism, and similar challenges, a potentially life-changing opportunity to identify and develop talent that can be applied in a professional working environment. We work together with our candidates to figure out what their special skill-set includes, what are their personal and professional competencies and interests, and what special needs or challenges do they have. For most of our candidates, this initial process is often the first step on a career path they may have thought would never be open to them.
Our initial goal is to see past the diagnosis and identify the talent: talent such as be the ability to identify patterns not clearly visible to most, or the ability to maintain deep concentration for longer-than-normal periods of time, to have an outstanding memory, or to be able to perform certain tasks over and over again without ever making a single mistake. The options are as varied as the personalities of our candidates.
We understand too that, because of the nature of autism, Aspergers, ADHD and similar challenges, our candidates often have very specific needs or challenges when it comes to a potential workplace. Some, for example, may need a lot of flexibility in their working hours, others may need specific mentoring, or a very clear and predictable structure to their day. Every candidate is different. It’s up to our staff of specially trained Social Workers to map out individual needs for support, guidance and workplace adjustments.
Once we have established the candidate profile, we then work to match the candidate to opportunities. If the candidate has a profile that matches jobs in the IT field, then in most cases we offer them work as Specialisterne Consultants.
In cases where a candidate’s profile doesn’t match the jobs we have available, we provide additional support and guidance in identifying alternative job or education opportunities.
The assessment and training process is typically run in smaller groups of up to 12 people. Approximately 30 percent of training is done through internships at the corporate partner site. Some modules, such as our Structured Dialog module, are tailored individually. The process is usually structured in the following way:
Candidates with autism, and similar challenges, receive training in areas such as software testing and quality assurance. We also provide training for specific tasks upon request from our corporate partners. Here you can see examples of some of our training modules:
If you would like to hear more about our Assessment and Training Program, please contact Jose segundo.