When Sam Briefer, 23, graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania last year, the job hunt began. At first it was slow going. He scored a few interviews, but was never called back.
Then in March, shortly after connecting with Specialisterne—a Danish company whose U.S. arm works to develop the talent of autistic people—professional services firm EY (formerly Ernst & Young) offered Briefer a full-time position on its accounting team.
A New York café has been credited with turning around the lives of adults with autism by employing them, and thereby giving them a chance to feel “productive”, “happy” and “fulfilled”.
Long Island mother Stacey Wohl opened Cause Café earlier this year in a bid to provide her two non-verbal children Logan, 17, and Brittany, 19, with the opportunity to work in a traditional employment setting. Out of a total of 15 employees, Ms Wohl, 49, now employs eight on the autism spectrum.
“Just because they have a disability doesn’t mean they can’t do the same things we do,” she said.
It is now a great honour to collaborate with another like minded global organisation, SAP, that shares the same ethos and purpose around people with autism. This could not have happened without the vision of Thorkil Sonne, the founder of Specialisterne. Looking at the brilliant people we have since been able to hire, this is proving to be an untapped market that has enabled us to enhance our services lines and create greater value to our customers.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s ‘Dandelion Program’ draws on the special talents of people with autism – and now it has been selected for a Harvard Business School case study.
This case examines how diversity – in particular, neurodiversity – can be transformed into a competitive advantage; how people who were previously considered not suitable for employment can and have become key to an in-demand service offering. Thus, this important case provokes a discussion of the advantages of diversity, and also how some existing procedures might keep other organisations from realising these advantages too.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Dandelion Program
Trainee Test Analyst Job Opportunities
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is one of the world’s largest and most successful IT companies. We know that our people and values are the most important elements in this success. We invest in your personal growth and development in an environment where you will be supported.
HPE’s Dandelion Program is recruiting people from the Autism Spectrum to be trained and work in the area of software testing based in Canberra.
Successful applicants will perform work for the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Applications are requested to fill these trainee Test Analyst roles.
As a level one Test Analyst you will be part of the HPE Testing Capability and will be trained to perform simple, medium and up to complex software testing activities as assigned by the HPE Dandelion Test Manager.
These roles will suit people with an interest in working with computers, processes and tools to ensure that developed software is fit for purpose and meets the needs of end users both within the department and its clients.
Successful candidates will start by learning and performing key skills required to work in the Department of Immigration and Border Protection team. He/she will also undergo training over time to be able to perform other more complex software testing related tasks.
- Must have a diagnosis of ASD
- Must be aged 18 years or over
- Must have Australian Citizenship
- Will have to satisfy the suitability requirements of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and Baseline security checks
- Must be able to attend the entire 4 week assessment phase, which is paid
- Should live within an easy daily commutable distance of Belconnen, ACT
Holding a tertiary qualification in a technical or business area is desirable, but not a prerequisite. If there is some experience in skills such as software testing, business analysis, computer programming, data analysis, or similar IT oriented tasks, this would be highly regarded, but not a prerequisite. The person must have a strong interest in learning and performing IT related tasks.
This is a great opportunity to become a part of a forward-thinking team with a commitment to providing high quality and innovative services, apply today.
To find out more information about the method of applying and the recruitment process and timelines for this great opportunity, please click on the link below:
Check out Specialisterne’s new video about employment tips for adults on the autism spectrum, featuring Jeanette Purkis; author, autistic self advocate, public speaker, and Australian Public Service worker for almost 10 years.
She deals with extremely important issues such as sleep, mental health, anxiety and how to manage it, employment, and the Dandelion Program.
While working in the Dandelion Program, the employees have increased their technical capabilities in a short time frame. Their work colleagues listen to their ideas and incorporate these ideas into the workplace in order to increase effectiveness and efficiency.
A young man with autism has landed his dream job in one of Sydney’s top restaurants.
Working in the kitchen of award-winning celebrity haunt Catalina in Rose Bay has been a “life-changing” experience for Jack Studholme, 20, from North Ryde.