Dragon’s Den project helps people with Autism find work

A new website, designed and developed free by Allstate NI as part of a Dragon’s Den style Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, will make a massive difference to a fledgling social enterprise that is changing the way businesses think about people on the Autistic Spectrum.

Specialisterne NI, formed in 2014, is a specialist recruitment agency which also provides expert training to companies to help them understand social difference. The new website will make a huge difference in their ability to communicate with companies and job seekers.

In 2014 Allstate NI ran a Dragon’s Den CSR programme where teams were invited to pitch ideas that would meet a social good, while making use of their talent. The Allstate NI website team, headed up by Paddy Warnock, decided they would like to develop a website for a social enterprise that may otherwise not be able to do so. The team were successful in their pitch and were awarded £2,000 by the Dragons.

Specialisterne NI is a social enterprise that works to enable £16k+ job opportunities for people on the Autistic Spectrum.

It does so by creating awareness of the skills people on the Autistic Spectrum can bring to a company and by supporting job seekers to secure jobs and coaching within job roles.