Burnavon to host IT careers workshop aimed at people on autism spectrum

Would you like a future in IT?
Would you like a future in IT?

Young people on the autism spectrum are being given a chance to test whether they would like a future in NI's growing IT sector at a special event in Cookstown on Saturday.

Cookstown's Team Aspie is throwing its weight behind the 2017 Bring IT On initiative, Specialisterne NI, which in association with Belfast Metropolitan College is inviting those on the autistic spectrum to find out what types of roles exist within IT here.

The free workshop, which takes from 2-5pm this Saturday (March 11), is billed as an event that will help participants learn about roles in the IT Sector and how to best prepare for each of them.

"We will share how people on the Autistic Spectrum are making a difference to the NI IT Sector by bringing valuable skills and an ability to think out-of-the-box," said a statement about the event.

"A professional actor will role-play scenarios of communication difference in the workplace so that you can explore communication strategies for work."

And for those who take part, there is even a prize of an Amazon Echo on offer.

For more details on the course and how to take part, see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bring-it-on-career-workshop-tickets-32140300504

More information can also be found on Team Aspie at https://www.facebook.com/groups/635230736562068/)