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Microsoft’s Data and Artificial Intelligence Academy

The team at Specialisterne NI is delighted to support neurodiverse applicants to Microsoft’s third academy in Belfast, Microsoft’s Data and Artificial Intelligence Academy. The Data and AI Academy is a 12 week intensive training course. If you successfully complete the training academy, you’ll gain industry-recognised qualifications and be guaranteed an interview to join the Microsoft Consulting Services team based in Belfast.

How we can help you apply to the academy:

  • Meet a neurodiverse team member at Microsoft who joined Microsoft through a previous academy
  • Ask any questions you may have about the Data and Artificial Intelligence academy
  • Attend an application workshop
  • Book a 1-1 application prep session

How we can help you at interview stage:

  • Attend an interviewing workshop
  • Book a 1-1 interview practice session
  • Ask what for what helps you perform at your best at interview.

You don’t need a diagnosis to access support for the academy, if you feel the support may be useful, we would love to hear from you.

For details of the academy, and to apply, visit: Data and Applied Intelligence Academy | nidirect 

The academy is open to applications until midnight on Sunday 9 May. 

This is what recent applicants said about the difference that support made:

‘I found the support from Specialisterne in relation to this Microsoft academy to be excellent and beneficial. They helped me with applying and with preparing for the interview.’

‘I really appreciate this service was provided to us. It really helped me. Overall I received an amazing support’

‘This helped my confidence with the interview.’

‘I felt less nervous as I had a better idea on what to expect.’



Introducing Neurodiverse Ally Workshops

Join the Connect4 inter-school autistic community!

Connect4 is welcoming autistic pupils at secondary or grammar schools, or who are out-of-school to join the Connect4 inter-school autistic community!

Support to start out on or progress in your career-Recruit+/++ programmes are welcoming expressions of interest

Recruit+/++ programmes are co-designed with autistic people to provide the supports autistic people consider to be useful when starting out on or continuing on careers, across all sectors and types of jobs. Recruit programmes are currently welcoming expressions of interest from autistic people. You do not need a diagnosis to join Recruit, we simply ask that you consider yourself to be on the autistic spectrum.


Join our autistic community!

Specialisterne is welcoming autistic people to join the ALL2gether autistic community.

Part-Time Finance Officer (Accounting Technician): 2 Days Per Week Specialisterne NI

Specialisterne NI  is recruiting an experienced Accounting Technician to join its growing team as Finance Officer. Working 2 days per week, the Finance Officer will be part of a dynamic team who contribute to the Specialisterne mission of 1 million careers for autistic people. The Finance Officer role will involve the following:

Monthly Bank reconciliations for 2 bank accounts

BACS payroll for 10+ employees

Pension administration

Purchase ledger administration, supplier payment processing

Preparation of financial reports for the board, which include management accounts, profit and loss, cashflow

Prepare and submit grant funding claims and maintain grant budgets

Prepare purchase orders

Prepare financial information for Accountants and Auditors

Utilise Sage Accounts package

Process BACS payments and record attribution to projects

Credit control

Grant budgets and grant claims, liaison with grant funders.

Maintaining up to date records, administration related to accounts

Financial reporting

Person Specification


Accounting Technician qualified

Experience in working in the not-for-profit sector

Experience in preparing management accounts and profit and loss for a board

Interest in contributing to 1 million careers for autistic people


Experience in using Sage

Experience in preparation of grant claims


Closing Date

Friday / 19 March 2021 11:59pm


Competitive salary, commensurate with experience
Remote working facilitated. Post Lockdown the role is expected to be part in office and part working from home.

Contact Details

For details, or to send a CV, contact Sharon Didrichsen at Sharond@specialisterne.com

Specialisterne NI, Skainos, 239 Newtownards Road