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Welcome to LaunchPad

LaunchPad is a 12-week long comprehensive program that teaches the skills needed to enter the workforce. While we support our participants through real-life work experience and classroom lessons, our Regional Autism Coordinator creates connections with employers to develop jobs. See our blog for more insight into the activities of our participants. 

Classroom Lessons

Lessons take place every Wednesday from 9:00am to 12:30pm out of our Spring Garden Road office. The first half hour of every lesson begins with job searching and applying.

Topics include (but are not limited to):

- Professionalism
- Social Skills
- Customer Service
- Financial Literacy
- Interview Skills
- Resume and cover letter writing
- Conflict in the Workplace
- Unwritten Rules

1:1 Sessions:

In addition to the classroom component of LaunchPad, participants will also work on individual employment goals in one-to-one sessions outside of the classroom group setting. These sessions allow participants to set and meet an individual goal outside of the classroom setting and work with our facilitators one on one outside of the classroom. Past goals have included: learning how to ride the bus, learning how to ask for help, working on math skills for cash handling etc. These goals have been instrumental in participants gaining and keeping employment.

Work Experience

  The Pearl is a social enterprise that has gained the reputation for high quality, affordable jewellery made by people with autism, their friends and families. Participants learn how to make products, manage quality control, package retail orders, and be a part of the Promise team. Participants receive hands-on experience that provides the opportunity to develop and build-up valuable work experience skills such as customer service, cash handling, time management, multi-tasking, etc. Work experience with The Pearl takes place at the Halifax Seaport Market and various craft events.​
In addition to work experience with The Pearl, LaunchPad participants will receive two additional work experiences throughout the program. These work experiences will allow participants to sample real jobs and tasks at real worksites. All work experiences are located within the Halifax Regional Municipality and on the Halifax Transit bus routes.
The work experience provides valuable experience for participants to draw upon for their resumes and interviews, as well as an opportunity to sample a variety of tasks that can support a participant in determining the type of jobs to search for.  

Ready, Willing & Able​

The LaunchPad program works in partnership with Ready, Willing & Able (RWA), a federally funded program, each participant becomes a part of the RWA Job Seekers Database. Information on the database remains confidential. RWA can also help provide financial supports for workplace adaptations.

Sign up!

​Go to online Pre-screen Application Form to apply for the next available start date.

Want to know what LaunchPad program is up to? Check out our blog!