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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Specialisterne NI STEMLabs- a new summer programme for autistic young people

In partnership with Bring IT On, Kainos and Danske Bank, Specialisterne NI is inviting autistic young people (age 11-18) to take part in STEMLabs – a new summer programme for autistic young people.

STEMLabs will bring together autistic young people to have fun together, enjoy building and programming Lego Mindstorms Robots and take part in board games and fun activities, so that participants get more ready for careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

What will ‘STEMLabs’ involve?

STEMLabs will involve taking part in:

Lego Mindstorms Robot Activities where participants build and programme Lego Mindstorms Robots in small teams. Participants have the opportunity to work in small teams of 2-3 young people, and to discover strengths related to working in a team.

Social Communication Workshops where participants learn about social communication in STEM roles, and strategies of autistic people to succeed and develop rewarding careers in STEM.

Meet the Employer Activities Leading employers Danske Bank and Kainos are sponsoring STEMLabs and are taking part as well. You will have opportunity to ask what it is like to work in IT and STEM roles and to take part in interactive activities with Danske Bank and Kainos teams.

Autistic Mentors STEMLabs Summer scheme will have autistic mentors supporting participants.

At the end of the program, participants receive a STEMLabs Profile which will outline each participants’ strengths and specialist qualities based on observations throughout the STEMLabs workshops.

STEMLabs workshops are informed by Autism theory, the daily lived experience of young people and adults on the Autistic Spectrum in N Ireland, and the skills STEM employers tell us they are looking for in new employees.

Who is Specialisterne NI?

Specialisterne NI, a not-for-profit social enterprise, is part of the international Specialisterne network that has worked in 15 countries, for 15 years to support young people and adults on the Autistic Spectrum to prepare for, secure, and thrive in rewarding careers. The Specialisterne NI team have studied Autism or related subjects to Masters level. We have worked with over 400 young people and adults on the Autistic Spectrum in N Ireland, supporting individuals to better recognise their own strengths and abilities, and supporting employers, colleges, universities and organisations to better understand how to develop the skills of people on the Autistic Spectrum.

Specialisterne NI has delivered workshops for pupils across 10 secondary, grammar and integrated schools. The most common word in young people’s feedback has been ‘fun’! Young people’s feedback has also included

‘I enjoyed meeting new people and communicating with other people with Autism’

‘I liked it very much, I had a great time’

‘Wonderful’

‘It was fun to do and interesting to hear the different perspectives on various topics brought up’

‘It was surprisingly fun’

‘I found it useful for socialising’

‘I really enjoyed it’

‘I felt at ease working in a team with people from different schools’

‘I found being interactive with new personalities and people to be a rich and fun experience’

‘being able to relate to others on the autism spectrum and just have the chance to have fun’

Who should attend?

STEMLabs  is a programme for pupils aged 11-18  who identify with being on the Autistic Spectrum (a diagnosis or statement is not required). We welcome all enquiries about attending STEMLabs. There are 15 free places available.

When and where is STEMLabs?

STEMLabs is taking place 12-16 August 2019 at the Specialisterne NI offices at Skainos, 239 Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 1AF

Should you be interested in participating in STEMLabs, or to find out more please contact Sharon Didrichsen, Manager, Specialisterne NI
Email: sharond@specialisterne.com
Mob: 07565 936191
The Specialisterne NI team will be available to meet with young people and parents to answer any questions regarding STEMLabs.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Specialisterne NI is a not-for-profit social enterprise that works to support people on the Autistic Spectrum to prepare for, secure, and thrive in rewarding careers.

The ‘STEMLabs’ programme is sponsored by Bring IT On, and leading STEM employers Danske Bank and Kainos. There is no cost to young people to participate in STEMLabs.

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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.