The Program

The Program

What is EmploymentWorks ?

EmploymentWorks is a program that offers employment preparedness training and support, combined with job sampling and hands-on experience, to adults with autism and other 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 needed to support employment success.

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Daniel Ricardo
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10+

Participating Agencies

500+

Participants

300+

Employers

16000+

Job Sampling Hours

The Program

How it Works

EmploymentWorks offers training for adults with autism and other disabilities (participants) who want to practice and develop the essential skills necessary to get and keep a job. At the same time, it offers volunteers (mentors) an opportunity to share their employment journeys, and employers direct experience integrating individuals with disabilities into their workplaces.

Program Overview

Phase 1: Manualized Program

For 12 weeks, up to 8 adult participants with autism and other disabilities attend 2.5 hour sessions twice a week.

1. Structured Learning:  focused on career exploration, employment readiness and soft skills development. Mentors also attend these sessions!

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

Phase 2: Labour Market Participation

The final 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 efforts could include linkages to employment agencies for participants, and employee training and human resources support for employers.

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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 value that individuals with autism and other disabilities bring to the workplace.

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

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For Agencies

As of January 2019, the EmploymentWorks program has been successfully delivered at 10 sites across Canada in over 60 program cycles. Get on board!

For Participants

Looking for work? Unsure where to start? If you also have a diagnosis of autism or another 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 workforce. Opportunity is knocking!