Workplace Readiness

Through Be Open + Be Ready, First Place works with employers, jobseekers and job coaches to help ensure a smooth, successful path to—and through—employment.
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Creating neuro-inclusive work cultures.

Properly assessed and prepared employers, jobseekers and job coaches help lay the foundation for neuro-inclusive work cultures.

Participating employers receive training, toolkits and coaching to establish a neuro-inclusive workplace culture for optimum understanding and competency of all employees. Feedback from employers helps gauge confidence and satisfaction with employer/employee training and support. Data informs ongoing adjustments and improvements to the program.

“People with autism have the same fundamental needs as everyone else. Those needs are just amplified.”
Tom D’Eri, Co-Founder, Rising Tide Car Wash

The pillars of workplace and workforce success.

Assessment

Employer
Our self-assessment toolkit, along with site visits and interviews, determine employment readiness and any needed adjustments for a neuro-inclusive work environment.
Jobseeker
Interests, skills, training and potential challenges are determined through self-assessment tools and interviews.
Job Coach
One-on-one meetings and self-assessment tools ensure coaches are prepared to meet the needs of neurodiverse jobseekers.

Preparation

Employer
Be Open + Be Ready curriculum guides and supports employers actively adjusting to the needs of neurodiverse individuals. This may include the development of instructional guides and/or adjustments to interview and supervision approaches.
Employee
Based on assessed job readiness, upskill and new skills training is provided through curricula and one-one-one support and vocational rehabilitation.
Job Coach
Core competency certification serves as the foundation for tiered training to ensure job coaches effectively and successfully support neurodiverse individuals.

Download and Be Ready.

Learn about future Be Ready programming in this downloadable brochure. 

Be ready to be open.

The First Place Workforce Development Team can help your business capitalize on the many strengths of a neurodiverse workforce. Just tell us when and we’ll sit down and get you started.



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