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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Autism Project Worker Recruit+

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Specialisterne Northern Ireland is an Autism at Work consultancy, which opened in Belfast in April 2014. As part of the Specialisterne International Network, which spans 15 countries for 14 years, we aim to support autistic people to get ready for, secure, and sustain, rewarding careers. We are now looking to expand our team.
This is an excellent opportunity to join a unique not-for-private-profit organisation in Northern Ireland where you will have the opportunity to work with a small team of autism specialists seeking to develop new tools and techniques which support the career development and well-being of autistic adults.

Job Title: Autism Project Worker (Full-time hours). Project: Recruit+    

The Recruit+ project was designed following consultation with autistic people in 2016 through surveys and focus groups (with 100 autistic people) and consultation with employers, recruitment consultancies, university and college staff and employment training providers. It is designed to provide the additional supports that will help autistic people secure rewarding careers.

Working as part of the Recruit+ Project team, the Recruit+ Autism Project Worker’s aim is to support participants, who are young people or adults on the Autistic Spectrum, to experience reduced attitudinal and communication barriers, and to progress in relation to having a career.

By providing Autism specialist support, the Recruit+ Project Worker will help participants feel more ready to meet employers, education and training providers, and to make a positive start to a new career.

The Recruit+ Project Worker will also connect with an exciting employer, gatekeeper and training/education provider forum, who will inform the Recruitcurriculum, ensuring participant’s learning pathways are relevant to their chosen career at this time, and who will provide learning opportunities for participants.

Job Description
• One to one meetings with Recruit+ participants, to support participants to develop strategies in relation to:
o Having a career
o Reducing attitudinal and communication barriers
• Coaching participants in relation to strategies of autistic people.
• Support of Learning hubs and Career Clubs. For example, helping participants develop employability skills and resilience strategies for working life.

• Recruitment consultancy and employer briefings.
• Support of group workshops. Recruitinvolves co-designing workshops with employers.
• Undertaking weekly activities, along with the Recruitproject team, to support participants to achieve project aims, such as securing employment and further training or education.
• Support of the Recruit+participant Panel, who review and advise on Recruit+project activities.
• Maintaining records in relation to all project activity, in line with Specialisterne NI quality standards and GDPR regulations.
• Ongoing learning of tools and techniques which may support Recruit+ participants to achieve project objectives
• Any other activity which fits the remit of the Recrui++ project.

Person Specification

• Study in a relevant subject area at undergraduate or post graduate level (this includes currently studying or completed) Examples of relevant study include Atypical Development, Psychology, Autism Spectrum related, Sensory Integration. Other subject areas will also be considered in terms of relevance.
• Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of Autism.

• Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of Autism
• Experience in supporting children, young people, or adults on the Autistic Spectrum to achieve the changes they want
• Experience in supporting people in small groups
• Experience in documentation of work according to quality standards.
• Demonstrated willingness to learn and a commitment to developing new solutions for autistic people.
• A driving licence or ability to travel to various locations across Belfast where the project will be delivered.

Terms and Conditions
• 37.5 hours weekly, times to be agreed with the successful candidate. Hours typically between 8am-5:30pm, Monday -Friday.
Terms and Conditions
• 15 hours weekly, times to be agreed with the successful candidate. Hours typically between 8am-5:30pm, Monday -Friday.
•The position is fixed term and is expected to run from April 2018 to March 2022. Salary is commensurate with experience.
• Specialisterne NI is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Employment to this post is therefore subject to an Access NI Enhanced Check.
• Specialisterne NI is an equal opportunities employer.

Application Process
• Interested applicants should send a Curriculum Vitae to:
Sharon Didrichsen, Manager, Specialisterne NI
By email: sharond@specialisterne.com
Or by post to:
Sharon Didrichsen
Specialisterne NI
239 Newtownards Road
• Closing date for applications: 23 March 2018
• For additional information regarding Specialisterne NI, visit https://www.specialisterneni.com or contact Sharon Didrichsen at sharond@specialisterne.com Mobile 07565 936191
Bank of Autism Support Workers

• With applicant permission, applicants from the shortlist for this post may also be considered for a Recruit++ Autism Project Worker (Part-time post), a Recruit++  Autism Project Worker post (full-time post) and/or the Specialisterne NI Bank of Autism Support Workers.

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.