In-Person Program

The Program

What is EmploymentWorks In-Person?

EmploymentWorks In-Person is as the name suggests, an in-person program that offers employment preparedness training and support to autistic youth, adults, and persons with disabilities. It is designed for individuals who want to enter or return to the workforce, and who are willing to develop and practice the skills needed to support employment success. The program includes both classroom training and hands on experience through job sampling in real workplace environments. It also offers employers experience integrating a diverse workforce, and provides mentors with an opportunity to share their employment journeys with participants.
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Who is the program for?

Individuals over 15 years of age:

  • Who identify as being on the autism spectrum or as a person with a disability
  • Are motivated to find a job
  • Prefer “in-person” learning in a group-based setting (both in a classroom and in real workplace environments within the community)

What is the program format?

Phase 1: Manualized Program

The first phase of the program is offered in a variety of different formats ranging from 2 weeks to 12 weeks in duration, and includes 60 hours of guided employment readiness training, application and practice. In a typical 12-week version, participants attend 2.5 hour sessions twice a week, though this may vary by location.

1. Structured Learning: Focuses on careers exploration, employment readiness, and soft skills development. Added feature: Access to LinkedIn Learning courses and videos to support and enhance skill development and acquire recognized micro-credentials to support employment success.

2. Job Sampling: Experiential learning for participants and employers in a variety of workplace settings.

Phase 2: Labour Market Participation

This phase of the program is intended to support the transition from weekly programming and job sampling to active job seeking and employment. Approaches will vary by program location, but this may include 1:1 support and/or group based discussions, navigation to LinkedIn Learning courses for ongoing skill development, and connections to local employers and employment agencies.

Schedule

Program Dates and Locations

Please refer to the Locations page for the service provider nearest to you.
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Why choose EmploymentWorks?

Here is what sets EmploymentWorks apart:

It's a Good Investment

Participants invest in their future, agencies invest in their communities (for a 1:4 Social Return on Investment) and employers meet tomorrow's employees, today (for free!)

It's a Good Investment

Learn through Experience

From paper to practice - participants get to apply soft skills in real workplace settings and gain hands-on experience.

Learn through Experience

Inclusion...Walk the Talk

Many employers talk about inclusion, but fall short in their actions. Getting involved in EmploymentWorks builds greater awareness of the benefits and value of employing a diverse workforce.

Inclusion...Walk the Talk

Job Sampling

Sometimes, we don't know what we don't know! Job sampling provides exposure to a variety of job sites giving participants insight into how their skills can be applied across different workplace settings.

Job Sampling

Adult Learning

Grounded in adult learning principles, the program strongly recognizes each participant’s need to influence their own learning.

Adult Learning

Learn with Others

Participants get to share program experiences with the support of their peers - a unique and valuable opportunity!

Learn with Others

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Get Involved

Are you ready to get involved? Please select the appropriate box below:

For Participants

Looking for work? Unsure where to start? If you identify as autistic, neurodiverse and/or a person with a disability, EmploymentWorks might just be for you!

For Mentors

Mentors provide support, reinforcement, and positive role modeling and in turn, develop communication, leadership, and people skills. Volunteer today!

For Employers

Meet individuals that are known to be reliable and dedicated employees that can excel in the workplace. Opportunity is knocking!

For Agencies

As of September 2021, the EmploymentWorks program has been successfully delivered in 7 provinces across Canada in over 150 program cycles. Get on board!