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AsIAm helping Tralee employers connect with local autistic talent

Working in collaboration, AsIAm and Specialisterne Ireland aim to support the autistic community in Tralee, Co. Kerry to gain meaningful employment in their local community.

AsIAm is Ireland’s National Autism Charity. We are working to create a society in which every autistic person is empowered to reach their own personal potential and fully participate in society. Specialisterne Ireland is a specialist consultancy that recruits and supports autistic and neurodivergent people in gaining employment.

This project is inspired by a recent survey of the Irish autistic community, which estimated that as many as 85% of autistic people in Ireland are un- or under-employed. Within the Autistic community we have a cohort of people with a vast array of skills and talents that are looking for work.

We know that businesses want to engage and hire autistic employees but don’t know where to start or don’t want to get it wrong. This project will bridge that gap and connect employers with local autistic talent.

We will work directly with candidates and local companies to ensure all parties are supported throughout the process. We will achieve this by delivering free Autism Friendly Recruitment Training to companies throughout Tralee. While also working with candidates to upskill them with Careers Clinics including CV prep, Mock Interviews and preparing them for the workplace. We will be providing on-going support to the employer and the candidate as they take up the role.

Alongside this we will be working with existing local organisations on the ground to upskill and train them so that in 12 months-time we have a sustainable model of employment for autistic people in Tralee and Kerry.

At present we are currently engaging with key stakeholders within the community in Tralee including Employability, Intreo, MTU and local businesses.

We know that work is a human right, and that the autistic community is ready to work.

If you are interested in undergoing the free training for your business or would like more information please contact us at n[email protected]