The benefits to Families by having their Neurodivergent family member be part of this diverse program
It's important to families what happens for the future of their family members. The Untapped Talent Program provides the potential for neurodivergent people to build the skills needed to start an independent career in a safe and supported environment.
What We Bring to Families
Families naturally want the best outcomes for their family member in life and this includes in the workplace. Through the Untapped Talent employment program, we can provide trainees with a better understanding of themselves and the workplace accommodations and personal strategies that can help them thrive while building the skills to have a meaningful career.
Even right at the start of engaging with the program, by making the application less about a stressful interview and more about a gradual accumulation of vital work and socials skills, we hope to provide your family member a chance to grow in confidence and meet new friends.
What We Do
We're deeply committed to supporting individuals on the autism spectrum in securing meaningful employment. Our support is individualised based upon what each person needs to get the best outcomes for themselves in the workplace and through life.
In partnership with leading organisations, we offer candidates a paid one or multi-year employment program, with the potential of a permanent role at the end of the program. As candidates hone their professional skills, they simultaneously cultivate meaningful relationships with their peers in the program, enhancing their confidence both in the workplace and beyond.
Seeing a loved one, especially someone on the autism spectrum, face challenges in securing employment can be heart-wrenching. We recognise these unique challenges, and that drives our dedication. We strive to empower autistic individuals with unparalleled opportunities and support, enabling them to advance in their careers and enrich their social lives.
Providing organisations with the knowledge and support to upskill and employ more neurodivergent people to the benefit of their organisation is a key outcome for Untapped. Together we hope to make employment of neurodivergent individuals a regular part of employment rather than unemployment.
WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE
Neurodivergent people often don’t advocate for themselves, so we need families and friends to support them to apply for opportunities that become available. By clicking on the Current Opportunities button on our website you can see what roles are currently available and you can support the person to apply or apply on their behalf.
Untapped are not looking for people with specific job skills. We are looking for people with the motivation and aptitude to be trained to do the roles we are offering through the program. Once selected for the program we and out partner organisations will train the skills needed to perform the role along with workplace and life skills to help support their career journey.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
When an application has been started until the application closing date we will send regular reminders until the application has been completed and can be assessed for the next stage of the application process. There is a detailed breakdown of the application process in the downloadable brochure that is part of each job description on the Current opportunities page of our website.
We will assess the completed applications and invite applications and any interested family members, friends or support people to an online information session. In this session we will explain more about the program and the application process. There will be opportunities to ask us questions. More details about the application process can be found on the Candidates page on this website.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO
The best thing you can do for your family member is provide support and encouragement to apply for the program and help them to overcome any anxieties. They will need to provide a cover letter, CV or resume and an autism diagnosis as part of their application, so you may need to help them complete or find these documents. The diagnosis can be either an original diagnosis or a letter from your family member’s doctor acknowledging the diagnosis.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE
The period that application process is open can vary from between four to eight weeks depending upon easy it is to find applicants in the areas that we operate programs. The application on our website will tell you how long there is left to apply.
After application the assessment process takes a duration of four weeks with the fourth week dedicated to the person joining a daily online supported workshop.
The time to start working if an applicant is selected after attending the workshop varies depending upon how long the employer organisation’s background check and security clearances take. The timeline is described in the downloadable brochure that is available on the role application on our website.
" Untapped’s program provided our son with the opportunity to work with appropriate support,
reasonable adjustments, and training throughout his employment. During that time he was
supported to transition into secure and permanent work. Young adulthood brings many
demands and knowing that our son was so well supported in his working life gave us great
peace of mind. It enabled him to gain and maintain financial independence, giving him
freedom, autonomy, and confidence.
More than just job training, the program supports Autistic staff to learn and improve the
essential skills needed for success at work. The training in technical skills, professional skills,
and interpersonal skills fosters growth and personal development of the participants. At the
end of the program he was both ready to transition to a permanent role or look for other
opportunities to pursue goals.
We don’t stop being parents when our kids reach young adulthood. Knowing that our son was
so well supported through the transition of emerging adulthood supported us in our transition
from parents of an adolescent to parents of a young adult. "
. . . . Jackie