LaunchPad is a 12-week pre-employment program that teaches the skills needed to enter the workforce. Running 5-8 hours each week, LaunchPad includes hands-on work experience, individual support, and classroom learning.
Classroom lessons take place every Monday morning from 9:00-11:30am out of our Bedford Office. Through discussions, group activities, and independent work, participants learn topics such as:
Resume and Cover Letter Writing
Unwritten Rules of the Workplace
In addition to classroom lessons, each participant will meet individually with a facilitator once each week for 1 hour. These sessions are a great opportunity to:
Work on individual employment goals
Receive support on handouts from Classroom Learning
Work on resumes, cover letters, and job applications
Complete a mock/practice interview and receive feedback
LaunchPad work experience is completed through our social enterprise, the Pearl, and through partnerships with employers in the community. Each work experience is unpaid and allows participants to develop a variety of hands-on skills.
The Pearl Work Experience
Participants work as Sales Associates for the Pearl, where they sell jewellery at the Halifax Seaport Market and at various craft events throughout HRM. This is a great opportunity to learn: customer service, sales, transactions, teamwork, professionalism, and time management. Throughout the work experience, participants are supported by Autism Nova Scotia staff members.
To learn more about our social enterprise, the Pearl, click here!
Work Experience with Community Partners
Each cohort of LaunchPad aims to provide job sampling at 3 different workplaces across HRM so participants have an opportunity to learn a variety of skills, work environments, and job interests. Participants will work at each job site for 2 hours each week for 3 weeks.
Interested in becoming a community partner and hosting our participants for work experience? We would love to hear from you! Please contact Margaret at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Who can participate in LaunchPad?
To participate in LaunchPad, you must:
Identify as autistic/on the Autism Spectrum
Be 17 years of age or older
Be out of high school (or a returning graduate)
Be unemployed or under-employed (working less than 15 hours/week)