Helping more autistic people find meaningful careers
According to the ABS, the labour force participation rate in Australia for autistic people is 40.8%, while it's 53% for all individuals with a disability and 83% for individuals without a disability .
To help address this, IPA and Xceptional have formed a strategic partnership to help more neurodiverse people – including autistic people – find meaningful careers.
With a common vision to positively impact people’s lives, this ‘partnership with purpose’ aims to create 100 positions for autistic people over the next two years. It also includes training hiring managers from five national employers on autism acceptance.
IPA and Xceptional are both certified social enterprises’. Buying from a social enterprise is one of the easiest and most effective ways of breaking the cycle of disadvantage in Australia.
Benefits of hiring autistic people
Businesses who employ people with a disability benefit from the diverse range of skills, talents and qualifications. Research shows that workers with a disability have higher rates of retention, better attendance and fewer occupational health and safety incidents than those without a disability .
Many people with autism have higher-than-average abilities. Research shows that some have special skills in pattern recognition, memory, or mathematics .
Roles suited to neurodiverse candidates
Autistic people have specific talents in attention to detail, logic, focus, spatial processing, accuracy and pattern recognition. Their talents are suited to a range of roles including:
- Compliance and reporting
- Cyber security
- Data analytics
- Data entry
- Quality assurance
- Software engineering
To find out more about the benefits of partnering with IPA for your recruitment needs contact your closest branch.