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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Recruit+/++ participants visit RealTime

Recruit+/++ participants are looking forward to visiting RealTime (http://realtime.jobs/) tomorrow to meet with RealTime’s Josh Oliver (http://realtime.jobs/our-team/josh-oliver) who is answering Recruit+/++ participants’ questions about working with recruitment agencies. Participants’ questions include:

What do we need to do to help you help us?

Sharon Didrichsen, of Specialisterne NI, a social enterprise which specialises in Autism in work, comments:

Recruit+/++ programmes were designed with input from autistic and non-autistic people, including job seekers, employers and autistic people already in work. We discovered that a number of autistic people had not contacted recruitment agencies. Recruit+/++  include working with recruitment consultancies to help participants be up to date with employer requirements and expectations, and access increased job opportunities, being introduced to and briefed on jobs with the support of recruitment consultants. Having come from a recruitment consultancy background myself, I know that often recruitment consultants help employers see the skills match of  candidates who may face barriers to getting work. Partnering with Recruit+/++ is an extension of that. We are delighted that RealTime are supporting Recruit+/++ and are looking forward to the participant briefing tomorrow.

RealTime’s Josh Oliver comments:

“After meeting with the Sharon and her team and attending an event earlier this year, RealTime are proud to be associated with the great work Specialisterne NI are doing!

We are strong advocates of breaking down barriers for those who are on the Autistic Spectrum. We are keen to help out in whatever way we can in order to facilitate meaningful employment to participants on Recruit+/++ initiatives.”

Recruit+/++ are 2 employability programmes which are currently welcoming expressions of interest from people on the Autistic Spectrum, and also from employers who would like to contribute to these exciting programmes. (https://www.specialisterneni.com/recruit/) For further details please contact sharond@specialisterne.com Mobile 07565 936191

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.