Summer School Work Experience

Gaining Career Preparation Experiences (and School Credit!)

Since 2015, as part of the Worktopia Project, students with autism have been participating in a new program offered by the Calgary Board of Education that provides summer work experiences and employability training designed to support the transition to adulthood and future employment. The students gain off-campus career preparation experiences that are supported by a teacher and a peer mentor/job coach and focus on the development of employment skills such as social-communication, resume building and interviewing, transportation, job etiquette and job safety. Program participants receive credits towards their high school diploma, and both students and parents have reported positive impacts on student readiness skills and employment confidence. The students have also demonstrated an increased awareness of the personal and community benefits to being employed.

To read more about the Summer School Work Experience program, click on the TIDBIT link below.

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Summer School Work Experience

Attending school over the summer may sound like a real drag to most young teens, but a unique new summer program is providing youth with autism opportunities to develop new friendships, explore employment interests and gain valuable work experience – all while earning school credit.

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Maintaining the Momentum

“It would be wonderful to have some sort of next step. Something that happens after the program that you tailor to the individual.” In an effort to respond to this common sentiment by Worktopia participants and families, ‘Post Program Supports’ are now being offered following program completion to help maintain momentum and support the development of concrete next steps along the employment journey.

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Worktopia & Ready, Willing and Able: A National Collaboration Building Bridges to Supports on the Pathway to Employment

Worktopia and Ready, Willing and Able are working together to meaningfully influence the employment futures of youth and young adults with autism. To read more about how the programs are helping job seekers develop their employment skills, gain a better understanding of the employment services and supports in their local community, and make connections to inclusive workplaces that are looking to hire, click on the news story attached featuring a recent graduate of the EmploymentWorks Canada program.

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