EmploymentWorks is a program that offers employment preparedness training and support, combined with job sampling and hands-on experience to autistic adults and persons with disabilities. The program is currently offered in two formats: EW Original (in-person), and EW Virtual (instructor led on-line). A new self-directed e-Learning version of the program is being developed for launch in early 2022, to improve accessibility and remove geographical barriers to program participation. Learn more about the EmploymentWorks Original program and whether it might be right for you by opening the information tabs below:
EmploymentWorks Original is an “in-person” employment preparedness training program designed for autistic youth and adults and persons with disabilities who are seeking opportunities to practice and develop the skills necessary to obtain sustainable employment. The EmploymentWorks Program is currently being offered by 8+ providers in 7 provinces across Canada.
The program is a combination of classroom training and hands on experience via job sampling in real workplace settings. It also offers employers tools and experience integrating a diverse workforce, and provides mentors with an opportunity to share their employment journeys with participants.
The program was designed for individuals:
Over 15 years of age
Who are on the autism spectrum or neurodiverse
That are motivated to find a job
Who can commit to the 3 month manualized program for 5 hours per week.
For 12 weeks, up to 10 adult participants attend two 2.5 hour sessions per week.
The first session of each week focuses on career exploration, employment readiness and soft skills development. Key topics include:
Knowing Yourself as a Working Person (What are your strengths and interests?)
Engaging in the Culture of Employment (What does the boss want? How to overcome challenges?)
Building Skills for Employment (How to network; developing social thinking skills)
Job Sampling and Virtual Simulations:
The second session of each week provides participants the opportunity to practice skills in a safe environment and take part in highly interactive virtual job simulations that replicate real world work environments and tasks.
Following the 12-week program, ongoing program support is provided as participants transition from weekly structured learning and job sampling to active job seeking and employment. This may include 1:1 support and/or group based discussions, navigation to LinkedIn Learning courses for ongoing skill development and learning, and webinars with and/or connections to local employers and placement agencies.
In addition, all participants will have access to LinkedIn Learning and 1000’s of professionally-led courses and videos.
There is currently no cost to participate in the EmploymentWorks program. The only requirement is for participants to report on their employment outcomes 3, 6, and 12 months following the program.
January 11, 2022 – March 30, 2022
Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:30am to 12:00pm.
Click here to visit the EmploymentWorks website and check out impact stories from participants, parents and employers.