In Cooperation with Vocational Rehabilitation, NextWork Employment Services Provides Assessments, Job Coaching,
and Retention Services to Help Individuals with Autism Find Lasting Employment
In Cooperation with Vocational Rehabilitation, NextWork Employment Services Provides Assessments, Job Coaching, and Retention Services to Help Individuals with Autism Find Lasting Employment
The NextWork Assessments
The Nextwork Employment process begins with unique, strengths-based assessments designed to remove anxiety from the situation and provide an opportunity for our clients to show their strengths.
Using Lego robotics kits, we observe the client’s visual spatial ability, what type of learner they are, how they handle questions and challenges, and their problem recognition and solving skills.
Following the Lego assessment, we may recommend a second assessment called NeuroVersity. This assessment is conducted in a group for one week, and uses SketchUp, a 3D graphic design program. We hire local architects to come in and teach the tools, then give an assignment to the participants.
During the course of the week, we observe how well they follow instructions, how they work and collaborate with peers in the group, how they navigate the 3D environment using their visual-spatial skills, and how they accomplish the assignment.
This assessment often reveals unique skills with art and creativity, or it reveals how much direction they need in a given assignment and whether or not they will ask for help when needed, or whether they will figure things out on their own. Both of these assessments help us identify key strengths and how they might apply to certain tasks and settings in the workplace.
The assessment is a key element in identifying a career path and where an individual is in their progression to their job of choice. Following the assessment, we make recommendations for next steps, which include Job Readiness Training or Job Development
Job Readiness, Development, & Coaching
This training includes exploration of skills to identify career paths and different ways to begin a path to a more specific job in a chosen field.
This path may include additional education and certification, social skills training, and/or life skills training. Some of this training is provided by NextWork classes. If we don’t offer needed training, we recommend other organizations or schools that can provide that training. Job Readiness Training is an individualized, hourly service.
When individuals are ready to start working in the community and are able to take an entry level position if offered, we engage in Job Development. We develop resumes and cover letters and assist our clients in networking, which may include creation of a LinkedIn account. We assist clients in preparing for interviews and go to job fairs so that they can practice introducing themselves and giving an ‘elevator speech.
By supporting the employer as well as the employee, we can better accomplish our goal of comprehensive support while helping our business partners build an inclusive workplace and a diverse workforce with hard-working, loyal employees.
Other Columbus Employment Programs
Columbus Connects is an excellent program for high school students who are interested in career exploration. Often, these same students are referred back to NextWork for continued support after they graduate from high school.
COLUMBUS SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT
3848 South West Temple | Suite 107
Salt Lake City, Utah, 84115