A Hands-On Adult Employment Program
EmploymentWorks Canada is a 12 week pre-vocational program focused on skills based experiential learning.
EmploymentWorks (EW) is a 12-week program that offers employment preparedness training and support to autistic adults 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 needed to support employment success.
The EmploymentWorks program focuses on three main themes:
Knowing Myself as a Working Person
What are my strengths and interests? What is my plan of action?
Engaging in the Culture of Employment
What does the boss want? How to overcome challenges?
Building My Skills for Employment
How to network; developing social thinking skills.
How it All Works
Individual goals are targeted through a series of structured learning and development activities in the Employment Works program. Applicants wil have exposure to varying workplace settings and teams and they’ll get the opportunity to apply and practice skills through peer mentor support.
What the employmentWorks Program accomplishes
Employment Works addresses various areas of employment preparedness training, including self-development, social and communication skills, life skills and confidence building. Through the 12-week program, the Employment Works program aims for:
- Participants to acquire and/or advance their employment relevant skills;
- Participants to develop and work towards achievable employment goals;
- Participants to build confidence and broaden community engagement for greater social inclusion and enjoyment;
- Community reach to build capacity and awareness of the contributions individuals with ASD, or other barriers, bring to the workplace and to identify ways to create inclusive environments that foster success; and
- Mentors and co-workers to develop an understanding of the importance of mentorship and how they can support participant’s efforts to achieve employment skills and vocations goals.
How To participate or Learn More About EmploymentWorks
If you are an individual on the autism spectrum and interested in gaining pre-employment training, please contact Employment Works to discuss participation in the program. You can also learn more about the national initiative by visiting the Employment Works website.
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