Specialisterne NI is a specialist consultancy that recruits and supports talented people with Autism, Aspergers, or communication difference in the workplace. We work with people who may have a diagnosis of Autism or Aspergers, or who can find communication in the workplace difficult. Our experience helps employers recruit and retain people with communication difference in the workplace, and grow diverse, effective teams.

As part of the Specialist People Foundation, we contribute to a global aim of one million jobs for people with Autism.

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3 ways you can help us help adults on the Autistic Spectrum in NI

Giving Tuesday 2

On Giving Tuesday there are 3 ways you can help Specialisterne NI help people on the Autistic Spectrum get ready for employment:
Option 1: Become a Corporate Partner
 A not-for-private profit social enterprise, we are seeking 10 corporate partners who will help fundraise for weekly Career Clinics for long term unemployed people on the Autistic Spectrum. A 2013 NI survey showed 60% of respondents knew someone with ASD in their own family, circle of friends or work colleagues, that is why fundraising for Career Clinics should resonate with many employees.
Our team have lots of fundraising ideas and team-building initiatives that will have positive outcomes for your staff and for unemployed people on the Autistic Spectrum! Specialisterne NI are trained in utilising social impact measurement tools such as Social Return on Investment and so corporate partners are kept updated regarding the impact each £ raised makes for the local Autistic Community and the local economy, which helps your employees see the difference they are making.
Option 2: Become a client
With over 200 graduate job seekers and students seeking placements, selecting Specialisterne NI as your recruitment partner helps bring you talent you may otherwise miss and helps create a level playing field for people on the Autistic Spectrum. Our team of Recruitment Consultants and Autism Specialists have over 17 years combined experience in recruitment match CVs to your environment and support you through the Recruitment process, and during the initial employment period for new starts.
Specialisterne NI training workshops coach your team in communicating with all staff and overcoming biases to make better decisions. Our next workshops are Monday 5 December:
Option 3: Fundraise for free!
Join our Easyfundraising community by creating an account with https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/specialisternenorthernireland/ and, using a handy ‘Donation Reminder’ tool that directs you to 3,000 leading sites such as Amazon, Microsoft, Sainsburys, earn 2-5% of everything you spend in donations to Specialisterne NI! There are no catches and co cost to you. Individuals and companies that use easyfundraising for purchasing have raised £14 million for local causes such as Specialisterne NI.
Should any of these be of interest, we would love to hear from you. Specialisterne Founder, Thorkil Sonne, said ‘It takes a community to move from hope into action, and from action into impact’.
Thank you for your interest and support!
Sharon Didrichsen
Manager
Specialisterne Northern Ireland
sharond@specialisterne.com
Mob 07565 936191 Office: 028 9073 9601
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An Autism at Work Consultancy

How can we help?

If you are a job seeker and experience communication challenges which may be related to Autism or Aspergers, we can:

  • assess your skills , and advise on what job roles may best suit your communication profile and skillset
  • job search and support you through the interview process
  • carry out a mock interview to help you perform at your best

If you are in a job role, and experience communication challenges which may be related to Autism or Aspergers we can provide Communication Coaching, that helps you understand Autism and how to Communicate Effectively.

If you are an employer and would like to recruit or develop the skills of employees with Autism, Aspergers, or related communication difference we can:

  • introduce CVs of candidates who match your job roles
  • run assessment days for your direct applicants with Autism, Aspergers or related communication difference
  • train staff in how to interview or develop the skills of people with Autism, Aspergers, or related communication difference
  • Provide communication coaching for existing employees or new starts so that they integrate well into a team

Lego Assessment

For the team at Specialisterne NI, ‘playing’ with Lego is all in a day’s work, a social enterprise recruitment consultancy that pairs people on the autistic spectrum with highly skilled jobs in the burgeoning IT sector.

At Specialisterne NI, we use Lego Mindstorms Robots to identify skills and any support needs of participants. By building Lego Robots in small teams, participants demonstrate skills in completing a systematic task, as well as self and team management. We then share what we see with participants and where appropriate use this information to match participants to job roles. When completing the assessment for a current employee, we use the information to help the employee perform at their best in the workplace.

Specialisterne opened in N. Ireland in April 2014 and as a first project supported participants on the Autistic Spectrum in the DEL2014/15 Software Test Academy, all of whom secured job roles.