Nonprofit career path provider Generation Australia has partnered with Xceptional to accelerate skills development and employment for people with neurodiverse.
The pilot program plans to develop a talent pool for the technology sector.
The first program is a 12-week, 5-day-a-week, bootcamp-style training course for people looking to secure employment as a cloud practitioner.
It’s free, online, and offers hands-on experience in Azure Cloud Computing for neurodivergent people and starts on October 5, with technical training provided by Academy Xi.
As part of the program, Xceptional will provide advice and training on how to make courses more accessible and inclusive, as well as additional support services for graduates to help them find employment, including one-on-one coaching.
Course details and qualification requirements are here.
Xceptional chief growth officer Aron Mercer said there is a talent pipeline that has largely not been tapped by the industries that need it most.
âThe UN estimates that 80% of adults with autism are unemployed or underemployed, yet we are seeing a critical talent shortage in areas where neurodivergent people thrive, such as technology and finance,â says Mercer.
âThis is an important step towards implementing a sustainable career development initiative. Our partnership demonstrates the importance of organizations working together at all stages of the education to employment pipeline to address unemployment and underemployment.
Employers see the benefits
Mercer says employers are starting to see the benefits of having a neurodiverse workforce, as the shift to remote teams due to blockages is changing the outlook.
âOur way of working has changed. Organizations were forced to think about how people could best work overnight, âhe said.
“This change has led to some really positive results, like opening up the possibility for neurodivergent people who may have difficulty with open-plan offices and daily commutes to communicate through online channels.”
Generation Australia’s Alyssa Owens said people living with a disability are a key group her company seeks to help secure meaningful work.
âWith Xceptional’s specific knowledge of training and developing neurodivergent people and their potential employers, we look forward to cementing brilliant talent pools for Australian employers,â she says.
“What we see time and time again is that making education or workplaces more accessible to everyone, whether based on ability, gender, previous job or ethnicity, benefits everyone. ”
âWe invite any employer of cloud practitioners in Australia to contact us to learn more about what they can do to tap into this incredible pipeline of talent,â she concludes.
Lessons learned from the pilot project will be used to increase access to education programs and employment opportunities for people with neurodiverse around the world. With Generation operating in 16 countries around the world, the pilot can be tested in other markets including the US, Hong Kong, UK, Singapore and India.
More information on the first Cloud Practitioner program here.