Specialisterne NI is a specialist recruitment consultancy that recruits and provides in-job support to people with Autism or social communication difference. As the local expression of the Specialist People Foundation, we contribute to a global ambition to secure one million jobs for people on the Autistic Spectrum.
Meet the Team
We have a team of dedicated professionals who are passionate about Autism and skilled in recruitment consultancy, assessment and career support.
What makes us different is our knowledge of Autism and of business environments. All of our team have studied Autism to Masters level. As recruitment consultants we have 16 years combined experience in recruitment consultancy.
We use these skills to help people with Autism, Aspergers or who have a communication difference, start or continue careers well and we assist companies to welcome and develop their talent.
An experienced IT recruiter with 11 year in recruitment and 6 years experience in Autism consultancy, Sharon studied a MSc Autism Spectrum Disorders before joining Specialisterne Ireland in 2013 as an Autism Consultant. Sharon brought the model to Belfast in April 2014 where she delivers recruitment, training and support solutions for people with Autism and client companies.
Elaine has a MSc Autistic Spectrum Disorders and worked at Queens University for 3 years supporting students on the Autistic Spectrum prior to joining Specialisterne NI. Elaine provides assessment and support services with a focus on candidate support, from first meeting through to within job support.
Meet the Specialisterne NI Board
Roisin McDermott is a self-employed Business Mentor specialising in start-ups. She has 20 years experience working in N. Ireland in enterprise support. Before becoming self-employed Roisin was the Manager of East Belfast Enterprise, and was one of the founders and Directors of Women in Business NI.
Ian co-founded the first IT recruitment company in NI in 1998 providing Executive recruitment services for leading organisations in NI recruiting up to Director Level. Director of Corvus Recruitment, Ian manages full cycle recruitment campaigns on behalf of blue chip clients.
Jonathan McBride is currently General Manager of Cannon Hygiene in NI leading a team of around 40 people. Previously Johnny has managed teams throughout the UK and has sat on a number of large and small company boards, his aim being to drive growth within organisations. Johnny is personally delighted to be involved with Specialisterne NI and is excited about the journey the business can go on.
Working with Specialisterne has given us an insight into their work with adults on the autistic spectrum and the difference that they make. They are a professional company and very easy to work with.
Maeve McKeagAssured Skills, Department for Employment and Learning
It’s kind of like playing Tetris – you need all different shapes working together. Specialisterne know how to get different minds working together. They can help you find a job that fits you
It has made a huge impact on the teams where colleagues with Autism have been involved. They certainly have a greater sense of cohesion and they themselves have looked at themselves as individuals in how they treat others, not necessarily those with Autism, but also those not on the Spectrum
The team at Specialisterne helped my skills and qualities to be recognised in the IT sector where they otherwise might have been overlooked, and with that first helpful step onto the ladder, my career has only taken off soaring from there
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