9 August 2016
A new ACT Government program aims to give young people with autism spectrum disorders access to a career in the IT sector.
The ACT Public Service (ACTPS) ICT Inclusion Traineeship took on its first two trainees this month. This traineeship is specifically designed for people who identify with autism spectrum disorder.
On successful completion of the traineeship, trainees will be appointed to permanent ICT professional roles within the ACTPS. The traineeships run over a period of three years, during which time, trainees obtain both a Certificate IV and a Diploma in ICT through the Canberra Institute of Technology.
The ACTPS has worked with Autism Asperger’s ACT to develop the program as well as the education and support for trainees and the work areas involved with the traineeship.
Canberra Business Chamber Chair, Glenn Keys praised the ACT Public Service on its commitment to creating employment opportunities that make a real difference in people’s lives.
“The ACT Government was proactive in developing this program and have already employed two people with autism spectrum disorders to work for Shared Services ICT.
“I would like to thank Kathy Leigh, Head of Service and Director-General of Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Director for her support,” Mr Keys said.
The ACTPS is now developing another inclusive employment initiative, the ACTPS Inclusion Traineeship. This traineeship will be for people with disability. Trainees in this program will undertake a 12-month traineeship and on successful completion be appointed to permanent positions across the ACTPS.