The Program

What is EmploymentWorks?

EmploymentWorks is a proven program that offers employment preparedness training and support, combined with job sampling and hands-on or simulated work experiences to autistics and persons with disabilities*. The program is designed for individuals who want to enter or return to the workforce, and who are willing to develop and practice the skills necessary to prepare for, find and keep a job.

*Disability is defined as having a permanent or recurring physical, mental, neurodevelopmental, or any other disability that restricts your ability to perform daily activities.

It is currently offered in two formats: EmploymentWorks In-Person and EmploymentWorks Online. To learn more about each program, and which learning style may be a great fit for you, watch this short video, or click on the options below.

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Program Options



EmploymentWorks In-Person combines classroom training with hands on experience via job sampling in real workplace settings.



EmploymentWorks Online is a program for individuals who enjoy the flexibility and convenience of learning at their own pace and schedule.


Participating Agencies






Job Sampling Hours

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Impact Stories

The program speaks for itself. Check out some of the EmploymentWorks impact videos below :
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Maureen shares her experience in the EmploymentWorks program and how it helped her prepare for her job as a prep cook with the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Watch to hear more about her employment journey.
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Hilda describes the experience of the EmploymentWorks program for her daughter Jessica, and how it helped her to gain confidence, explore different areas of vocational interest and to develop and practice skills that she will be able to use throughout her life.
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Grant, a Sous Chef with the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation describes the benefits of partnering with the EmploymentWorks program, and the opportunity it provides to help develop the skills of potential future employees and build industry capacity.