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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STEMLabs Technical Mentor – Job Opportunity

Specialisterne NI is currently welcoming applications for the role of STEMLabs Technical Mentor, for a one week summer activity programme.

STEMLabs is a new summer programme for autistic school pupils. STEMLabs has the aim of connecting participants to employers working in different areas of IT, as well as to have fun, and develop skills, confidence and interest in STEM. This is a link to STEMLabs details:

STEMLabs takes place w/c 12 August, for one week (Monday to Friday)

Technical Mentor Job role
The Technical Mentor role will work with the Specialisterne NI team to support participants to complete Lego Mindstorms activity. The Technical Mentor role will involve preparation before the STEMLabs week as well as being part of the Specialisterne team during STEMLabs.

Prior to STEMLabs:
 Review the Lego Mindstorms curriculum
 Meet with the Specialisterne team to prepare for STEMLabs

 Introduce each days Lego Mindstorms challenge
 Support participants as they complete Lego Mindstorms challenges

Technical Mentor specification

We welcome applicants who have the following:
 Interest in Lego
 Programming knowledge and ability
 Interest in Lego Mindstorms programming
 Programming knowledge indicating skills related to Lego Mindstorms programming

We particularly welcome applications from autistic people. Applicants may also be considered for other Technical Mentor opportunities with Specialisterne NI.

For further details, and to express your interest. please contact Elaine Stephens at elaine.stephens@specialisterne.com

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.