How Lego is helping people on the Autistic spectrum build a bright future

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.

The tiny bricks and complicated build of Lego makes it a perfect assessment tool to see how job candidates work together and use their skills and abilities.

Specialisterne NI manager Sharon Didrichsen said: “This innovative model that we developed ourselves replicates a work-like activity – that of building and programming Lego Mindstorms Robots in small teams, which is used in addition to the traditional interview, to see candidates’ skills and abilities, as well as any areas of support.”

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