We are recruiting! Autism Consultant- Programme: Recruit+

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 15 years, and which pioneered the Autism at Work movement, we aim to support autistic people to get ready for, secure, and sustain, rewarding careers.
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 Consultant (Full-time hours). Project: Recruit+    

The Recruit+ programme 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 help autistic people secure rewarding careers.

Objective
Working as part of the Recruit+ Project team, the Recruit+ Autism Consultant’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+ Autism Consultant 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+ Autism Consultant will also connect with an exciting employer mentor network 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 Career Clubs. For example, helping participants develop employability skills and resilience strategies for working life.

• Recruitment consultancy and employer briefings.
• Support of group workshops.

• Taking part in board games and other social activities
• Undertaking weekly activities, along with the Recruitproject team, to support participants to achieve project aims, such as securing employment and further training or education.
• Maintaining records in relation to all project activity, in line with Specialisterne NI quality standards and GDPR regulations.
• Ongoing learning related to autism and autistic people and of tools and techniques which may support Recruit+ participants to achieve project objectives.  There is a 6 month induction plan with Autism Specialists, followed by ongoing learning and professional development.
• Any other activity which fits the remit of the Recruit+ project.

Person Specification

Essential
• 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, Human Resources, Education, Autism Spectrum related, Sensory Integration. Other subject areas will also be considered in terms of relevance.
• Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of Autism.

Desirable
• 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 when required.

Terms and Conditions
• 37.5 hours weekly, times to be agreed with the successful candidate. Hours typically between 8.30am-4.30pm, Monday -Friday. Location: Based at the Specialisterne NI offices, Skainos, 239 Newtownards Road, Belfast.
•The position is fixed term and is expected to run to March 2022. Salary range: £20-25k, 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.

The Recruit+ programme is  part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014 -2020, the Department for the Economy, and the Department for Communities.

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
Skainos
239 Newtownards Road
Belfast
BT4 1AF
• Closing date for applications: 30 September 2019
• 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 Consultant (Part-time maternity leave post), and/or the Specialisterne NI Bank of Autism Support Workers for part-time or full-time roles.

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.

What?
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:

When?
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

At 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

Specialisterne NI STEMLabs- a new summer programme for autistic young people

In partnership with Bring IT On, Kainos and Danske Bank, Specialisterne NI is inviting autistic young people (age 11-18) to take part in STEMLabs – a new summer programme for autistic young people.

STEMLabs will bring together autistic young people to have fun together, enjoy building and programming Lego Mindstorms Robots and take part in board games and fun activities, so that participants get more ready for careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

What will ‘STEMLabs’ involve?

STEMLabs will involve taking part in:

Lego Mindstorms Robot Activities where participants build and programme Lego Mindstorms Robots in small teams. Participants have the opportunity to work in small teams of 2-3 young people, and to discover strengths related to working in a team.

Social Communication Workshops where participants learn about social communication in STEM roles, and strategies of autistic people to succeed and develop rewarding careers in STEM.

Meet the Employer Activities Leading employers Danske Bank and Kainos are sponsoring STEMLabs and are taking part as well. You will have opportunity to ask what it is like to work in IT and STEM roles and to take part in interactive activities with Danske Bank and Kainos teams.

Autistic Mentors STEMLabs Summer scheme will have autistic mentors supporting participants.

At the end of the program, participants receive a STEMLabs Profile which will outline each participants’ strengths and specialist qualities based on observations throughout the STEMLabs workshops.

STEMLabs workshops are informed by Autism theory, the daily lived experience of young people and adults on the Autistic Spectrum in N Ireland, and the skills STEM employers tell us they are looking for in new employees.

Who is Specialisterne NI?

Specialisterne NI, a not-for-profit social enterprise, is part of the international Specialisterne network that has worked in 15 countries, for 15 years to support young people and adults on the Autistic Spectrum to prepare for, secure, and thrive in rewarding careers. The Specialisterne NI team have studied Autism or related subjects to Masters level. We have worked with over 400 young people and adults on the Autistic Spectrum in N Ireland, supporting individuals to better recognise their own strengths and abilities, and supporting employers, colleges, universities and organisations to better understand how to develop the skills of people on the Autistic Spectrum.

Specialisterne NI has delivered workshops for pupils across 10 secondary, grammar and integrated schools. The most common word in young people’s feedback has been ‘fun’! Young people’s feedback has also included

‘I enjoyed meeting new people and communicating with other people with Autism’

‘I liked it very much, I had a great time’

‘Wonderful’

‘It was fun to do and interesting to hear the different perspectives on various topics brought up’

‘It was surprisingly fun’

‘I found it useful for socialising’

‘I really enjoyed it’

‘I felt at ease working in a team with people from different schools’

‘I found being interactive with new personalities and people to be a rich and fun experience’

‘being able to relate to others on the autism spectrum and just have the chance to have fun’

Who should attend?

STEMLabs  is a programme for pupils aged 11-18  who identify with being on the Autistic Spectrum (a diagnosis or statement is not required). We welcome all enquiries about attending STEMLabs. There are 15 free places available.

When and where is STEMLabs?

STEMLabs is taking place 12-16 August 2019 at the Specialisterne NI offices at Skainos, 239 Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 1AF

Should you be interested in participating in STEMLabs, or to find out more please contact Sharon Didrichsen, Manager, Specialisterne NI
Email: sharond@specialisterne.com
Mob: 07565 936191
The Specialisterne NI team will be available to meet with young people and parents to answer any questions regarding STEMLabs.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Specialisterne NI is a not-for-profit social enterprise that works to support people on the Autistic Spectrum to prepare for, secure, and thrive in rewarding careers.

The ‘STEMLabs’ programme is sponsored by Bring IT On, and leading STEM employers Danske Bank and Kainos. There is no cost to young people to participate in STEMLabs.

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Level 1 and Level 2 Workshops: Interviewing, Managing and Coaching people with Social Communication Differences, new dates!

Communication Coaching

Larn how to manage, work alongside or coach employees with social communication difference in the workplace such as Autism, Aspergers or who display related characteristics. Working with professional actors, we role play true-to-life scenarios of communication differences at work and use videos to support the learning experience.

Venue: Skainos, 239 Newtownards Road, Belfast BT4 1AF

Date: Friday 22 March. Time: 9:30am-12pm

Level 1 Workshop: Managing or Working Alongside Employees with Social Communication Difference

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/managing-or-working-alongside-employees-with-social-communication-difference-tickets-27707958249

Date: Friday 29 March. Time: 9:30am-12pm

Level 1 Workshop: Interviewing People with Social Communication Difference

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/interviewing-people-who-have-a-social-communication-difference-tickets-55343800798

Date: Friday 29 March. Time: 1pm-3.30pm

Level 2 Workshop: Coaching Employees with Social Communication Difference

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/coaching-employees-who-are-on-the-autistic-spectrum-tickets-55344133794

The Level 1 workshops will include:

An interactive workshop on working with people with social communication difference, such as Autism/Aspergers. Together with professional actors, the Specialisterne NI team will role play scenarios at interview or at work, and explore:

– Developing an understanding of what behaviours of Social Communication Difference (such as Autism/Aspergers) may look like in the workplace or at interview
– Increasing understanding of the experience of Autism in work/at interview
– Enhancing confidence in working with or interviewing people with communication difference (such as Autism/Aspergers)
– Observation of role-plays that represent real life situations and around table discussions about these.

Outcomes

The workshops aim to help participants:

  • develop an understanding of Autism/Aspergers and social communication differences at interview and in work
  • be more aware of different world experiences which may contribute to an applicant/ employee’s performance
  • feel more confident to interview applicants, or  manage employees with social communication difference
  • have a framework within which to consider behaviour that will contribute to decision making which has reduced bias

The Level 2 workshop will include:

– Developing an understanding of work styles of employees with Social Communication Difference
– Increasing understanding of the coaching situation and how social communication difference can be supported in this context
– Opportunity to take part in a Lego Team Communication exercise and observe or participate in role plays with a professional actor to try out coaching techniques

Outcomes

The workshop aims to help participants:

  • implement knowledge from level 1 training and put this into practice with a professional actor
  • receive feedback on your coaching style
  • helping students feel comfortable in individual or small group scenarios
  • identify ways to get your message across with diverse colleagues.

Why Specialisterne NI?

Specialisterne NI is a not for private profit social enterprise that specialises in Autism at work. Working for 15 years in 15 countries, Specialisterne NI has the aim of supporting 1 million people on the Autistic Spectrum to secure rewarding careers. The Specialisterne NI trainer team have studied Autism to Masters Level and supported over 400 adults on the Autistic Spectrum since opening in Belfast in 2014. Specialisterne NI engage a thriving autistic community and are delighted to share what we learn with you so that autistic people can thrive in your workplace.

As a team we combine Autism theory with listening to and learning from the lived experience of people on the Autistic Spectrum in N Ireland. We have worked with undergraduates at colleges and university, through to people on the Autistic spectrum in senior management roles. Having worked to support people to access and thrive in senior job roles, our team tailor learning content to the experience of being on the Autistic Spectrum and in a professional work environment, thereby making learning relevant to business needs.

Working with professional actors, we share the experiences of Autistic people in N Ireland in work.

Workshop feedback includes:

  • Whole course was excellent and very interesting and interactive.
  • Well presented , informative course
  • All information provided was relevant to what I needed to know
  • Now have a greater understanding of an autistic person’s perspective
  • The Lego Exercise was fun, while being challenging and enlightening
  • Liked the real actors, thought was great way of learning.
  • Course was excellent
  • I enjoyed the actors and the real life experiences that the trainers had encountered
  • The role play was very informative and clearly represented how issues may play out.
  • The presenters were exemplary in presenting the course info. The actors were very good too.
  • Thank you so much I have learned a great deal.
  • Well delivered
  • Really enjoyed it, very informative and fun.
  • Excellent, well presented, very informative.
  • Very informative, thank you.
  • I feel this course should be compulsory for all staff. Trainers very informative and knowledgeable in subject area.
  • Well presented- easy to follow. Experts in their field!
  • Excellent course, very well delivered
  • Very enjoyable training.
  • Excellent content and delivery. Helped to give skills and confidence in dealing with a person on the spectrum.
  • All questions expertly answered.
  • Encouraged by management to attend. So glad I did, really enjoyed it and learned a lot.
  • I had no prior experience or knowledge of this area. Very glad I enrolled on the course.
  • The interaction of the group. The combination of training delivery methods kept my attention
  • Everything- the role plays were excellent. Seeing somebody act out the way an autistic person could act.
  • Whole course was excellent and very interesting and interactive.
  • Well presented , informative course
  • All information provided was relevant to what I needed to know

Please note that the cost for individual workshops is £135 (discounts for multiple bookings). A light breakfast/lunch is included.

Numbers of attendees are limited to 15 per workshop.

This workshop can be delivered in house, and additional workshops are also available, such as Becoming a Diversity Advocate  (Social Communication Differences). For details contact Sharond@specialisterne.com

Book through Eventbrite (£135 + Eventbrite booking fee £8.96) or contact Sharon Didrichsen, Manager, Specialisterne NI Tel 07565 936191, email sharond@specialisterne.com to request an invoice.

 

Recruit+/++ Career Network

Recruit+/++ CAREER NETWORKS access up to date employment market information for participants. Thanks to RealTime for bring part of the Recruit+/++ Career Network, delivering group and individual mentoring sessions and simply being on the phone to give individual participant advice. In 2018 you have helped participants feel more confident about starting a career, change perceptions of what employers are looking for, get more ready for interviews, with many participants starting out on the career they always wanted in 2018. THANK YOU!

Here’s to continuing to help participants get the career they always wanted in 2019.If you are on the autistic spectrum, we are recruiting 2 new Recruit+/++ groups now. We would love to support you to start out on or continue a career.

If you are an employer and are interested in sharing your expertise with autistic people starting out on careers, we would love to hear from you!
For details, visit https://www.specialisterneni.com/recruit/ or contact sharond@specialisterne.com
Pictured below: Ruth Trimble, Emma Connolly, and Bronagh Mahon, Autism Specialists at Specialisterne NI with Paddy Burns and Josh Oliver, Specialist Recruiters at Realtime

 

Recruit+/++, supporting autistic people to develop careers

Specialisterne NI are delighted to invite autistic people who are job seeking to join Recruit+ and Recruit++ programmes, which are part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014 -2020, the Department for the Economy, and the Department for Communities. Recruit++ is also part funded by the Belfast City Council.

Recruit+ and Recruit++  are designed with input from autistic people and employers, and have the aim of providing the specific supports autistic people can find useful to start or resume rewarding careers.  A number of participants on Recruit+/++ have secured jobs and our Autism Specialist team are inviting new participants to join the programmes. Should these be of interest, please contact sharond@specialisterne.com Mobile 07565 936191

 

 

 

 

My School Your School, a new programme for pupils on the Autistic Spectrum (year 8+)

In partnership with the NI Executive and as part of the Central Good Relations programme, Specialisterne NI, an Autism at Work social enterprise, is hosting a number of team working workshops for pupils on the Autistic Spectrum across Northern Ireland. My School Your School will bring together small groups of pupils on the Autistic Spectrum from different schools, so that pupils can learn from each other and enjoy shared activities.

What will ‘My School, Your School’ involve?

My School Your School will involve taking part in:

1. A Lego Mindstorms Workshop where participants build Lego Mindstorms Robots in small teams. Participants have the opportunity to work in small teams of 2-3 with pupils from other schools, and discover strengths related to working in a team.

 

 

You can find out more about Lego Workshops here:  https://www.specialisterneni.com/about-us/assessment/

2. A Social Communication Workshop where a professional actor acts out communication scenarios experienced by people on the  Autistic Spectrum. Participants observe true-to-life scenarios and discuss strategies to overcome attitudinal and communication barriers. This workshop will also look at what it is like to be on the Autistic Spectrum in N Ireland. Young people’s feedback from Social Communication Workshops has included:
‘I really liked how they gave different viewpoints of different people on the spectrum.’
‘I liked the way there were roleplayed parts  to show people what it might be like for someone with Autism in that situation.’

Who is Specialisterne NI?

Specialisterne NI, a not-for-profit social enterprise, is part of the international Specialisterne network that has worked in 14 countries, for 14 years to support young people and adults on the Autistic Spectrum to prepare for, secure, and thrive in rewarding careers. The Specialisterne NI team have studied Autism or related subjects to Masters level. We have worked with over 300 young people and adults on the Autistic Spectrum in N Ireland, supporting individuals to better recognise their own strengths and abilities, and supporting employers, colleges, universities and organisations to better understand how to develop the skills of people on the Autistic Spectrum.

Why My School Your School?

In focus groups with young people and adults on the Autistic Spectrum, participants have identified attitudinal and communication barriers as the two main obstacles to being of communities. ‘My School Your School’ workshops seek to support pupils to learn more about social communication, identifying individual strengths and challenges, learning communication strategies, and supporting participants to better understand attitudinal barriers and how to work around these.
My School Your School workshops are informed by Autism theory, and the daily lived experience of young people and adults on the Autistic Spectrum in N Ireland.

Young people’s feedback from Specialisterne’s School Workshops has included:

‘I enjoyed meeting new people and communicating with other people with Autism’

‘I liked it very much, I had a great time’

‘Wonderful’

‘It was fun to do and interesting to hear the different perspectives on various topics brought up’

‘It was surprisingly fun’

‘I found it useful for socialising’

‘I really enjoyed it’

‘I felt at ease working in a team with people from different schools’

‘Working with someone from a different school has given me a new sense of ability and let me see life in other schools’

‘I found being interactive with new personalities and people to be a rich and fun experience’

‘being able to relate to others on the autism spectrum and just have the chance to have fun’

Teaching and classroom assistant feedback from Specialisterne’s School Workshops has included:

‘I found it very interesting to see the students interact in a more relaxed and informal environment’

‘Great to see a programme for autistic pupils to attend and share experiences.’

‘Fantastic! The pupils enjoyed the day immensely.’

‘The pupils loved it.’

‘Everything was well planned and any queries quickly sorted.’

‘Very good, the pupils enjoyed it and it was good to see them working together and discussing what they had to do.’

‘It was age appropriate and at different levels encouraged team building.’

‘The students really enjoyed the group sessions and would be keen to attend the next workshops.’

Who should attend?

My School Your School is a programme for pupils aged 11-18  who identify with being on the Autistic Spectrum (a diagnosis or statement is not required). We welcome all enquiries about attending the workshops.

Specialisterne NI invites schools in N. Ireland to take part in ‘My School, Your School’

Should your school be interested in participating in ‘My School, Your School’, or to book places for pupils, please contact Sharon Didrichsen, Manager, Specialisterne NI
Email: sharond@specialisterneni.com
Mob: 07565 936191
The Specialisterne NI team will meet with participating schools and will be available to meet with pupils and parents to answer any questions regarding My School Your School.
Workshops will be scheduled at times that suit participating schools.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE NUMBER OF PLACES ON ‘MY SCHOOL YOUR SCHOOL’ ARE LIMITED.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Specialisterne NI is a not-for-profit social enterprise that works to support people on the  Autistic Spectrum to prepare for, secure, and thrive in rewarding careers.

The ‘My School Your School’ programme is financed by the NI Executive, as part of the Central Good Relations Programme. There is no cost to schools to participate in My School, Your School, and transport is provided.

The My School Your School logo is provided by artist Warwick Simpson https://www.facebook.com/warwicksimpsonworkpage/

Launching the 2nd year of 2gether

Recruit+/++ participants visit RealTime

Recruit+/++ participants are looking forward to visiting RealTime (http://realtime.jobs/) tomorrow to meet with RealTime’s Josh Oliver (http://realtime.jobs/our-team/josh-oliver) who is answering Recruit+/++ participants’ questions about working with recruitment agencies. Participants’ questions include:

What do we need to do to help you help us?

Sharon Didrichsen, of Specialisterne NI, a social enterprise which specialises in Autism in work, comments:

Recruit+/++ programmes were designed with input from autistic and non-autistic people, including job seekers, employers and autistic people already in work. We discovered that a number of autistic people had not contacted recruitment agencies. Recruit+/++  include working with recruitment consultancies to help participants be up to date with employer requirements and expectations, and access increased job opportunities, being introduced to and briefed on jobs with the support of recruitment consultants. Having come from a recruitment consultancy background myself, I know that often recruitment consultants help employers see the skills match of  candidates who may face barriers to getting work. Partnering with Recruit+/++ is an extension of that. We are delighted that RealTime are supporting Recruit+/++ and are looking forward to the participant briefing tomorrow.

RealTime’s Josh Oliver comments:

“After meeting with the Sharon and her team and attending an event earlier this year, RealTime are proud to be associated with the great work Specialisterne NI are doing!

We are strong advocates of breaking down barriers for those who are on the Autistic Spectrum. We are keen to help out in whatever way we can in order to facilitate meaningful employment to participants on Recruit+/++ initiatives.”

Recruit+/++ are 2 employability programmes which are currently welcoming expressions of interest from people on the Autistic Spectrum, and also from employers who would like to contribute to these exciting programmes. (https://www.specialisterneni.com/recruit/) For further details please contact sharond@specialisterne.com Mobile 07565 936191

 

Recruit+ and Recruit++, helping people on the autistic spectrum secure and thrive in careers.