In July 2016, the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre received philanthropic funding from Saleforce.org for the development of a digital platform that would enable job-seekers with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) to engage with employers and service providers with the aim to achieve a sustainable career. ‘as|careers’ is our second partnership with Salesforce, and was conceived as a way to take autism “off the table” as an issue for job-seekers and employers, and instead allow career-seekers with autism to compete on the basis of their unique talents.
as|careers will bring together the three key groups for successful employment of people with autism:
- Career-seekers and their carers
- Sector service providers.
Career-seekers can search and find employment options as well as resources to get “job-ready” before they seek out employment opportunities. Critical to any successful intervention is to correctly profile the needs of a person and match these needs with an appropriately targeted response. The core functioning of as|careers will be the initial profiling of each user, that then determines the journey and interactions they embark on, and the resources which are available to them, and the transactions they can engage in.
Employers can access resources to assist in their diversity programs. As well as connecting with career-seekers, as|careers will enable employers to:
- ready their workplaces for new recruits
- share success stories
- access case studies on best practice
- learn about legal and governance frameworks.
Sector service providers, such as autism peak bodies, disability employment services and grass roots organisations can provide services and support to both employers and career-seekers.
The service provider component will allow service providers to:
- connect their missions directly to career-seekers and employers
- provide anchor points and pathways to employment
- providing services that support job seekers throughout their journey to and in employment.
Currently under development, as|careers will launched in the second half of 2017.