Recruits

Creating meaningful work experiences for those affected by ASD

London Drugs Work Experience

This program covers the following areas, which are characteristic of an entry position at London Drugs:

  • Facing (i.e., organizing all products in a systematic way on the shelves)
  • Time Management (i.e., taking break independently)
  • Customer Service
  • Communication with Team Members
  • Cooperation with Team Members
  • Product Judgment (i.e., determining whether or not product can be sold after incurring damage)

This program is run in a group at one of the London Drugs locations throughout the city.  While we have many partner sites, there is one “host” location for each session.  Participants will have one night of orientation, then 10 shifts of hands-on learning with supportive job coaches.  Participants will need to wear a long or short sleeved white shirt, black dress pants and shoes, a belt, and a tie.  Being considered for employment following the session is dependent on the store’s staffing needs at the time and the skills presented by the participant.

Parents/caregivers will receive e-mail updates on weeks 3, 5 and 8.  A Session Summary that includes all of the strategies and recommendations from the program will be mailed out in the month following the session end.

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Aged 15 years and older as of the program start date
  • Have and are aware of their ASD diagnosis
  • Self motivated to seek employment, and willing to take a position if offered
  • Willing to accepts and implement feedback from multiple supervisors
  • Possess adequate fine motor skills
  • Work independently with minimal supervision
  • Tolerate standing for long periods of time
  • Conversational, with basic social interaction skills
  • Comfortable interacting with customers
  • Committed to and attends scheduled program dates
  • Provide documentation of guardianship status

Cost: $350

A Little Somethin’ Cafe Work Experience

Café work experience is located on the main floor of the Child Development Centre.  The program is once weekly, for 4 hour shifts, for 12 weeks.  A job coach will be on site to support the development of the participant’s skills.  The job consists of taking inventory, pricing, monitoring fridge and freezer temperatures, mopping, wiping tables, customer service and sales.  The participant will need to have a solid understanding of the concept of money and be able to count change.  A dedicated, committed participant who is willing to accept and implement supervisor feedback may be considered for employment post program.

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Aged 17 years and older as of the program start date
  • Have and are aware of their ASD diagnosis
  • Available from 11:30-3:30 on Tuesdays or Fridays
  • Self motivated to seek employment, committed to weekly attendance
  • Possess money, time and temperature concepts
  • Conversational and able to make “small talk”
  • Capable of time management and responsibility (i.e., arriving on time, communicating if they are running late or calling in sick)
  • Accepts and implements feedback from others
  • Provide documentation regarding guardianship status

Cost: $350

Safeway Storcare Warehouse Work Experience Program

This program is responsible for assembling the Food Bank Hampers that are available at Safeway stores.  It is run in a warehouse east of Airdrie on Range Road 291.  Public transportation is unavailable to access the site.  The program is in a quiet corner of the warehouse, and focuses on systematically bagging products, sealing them, boxing them and then creating a crate.  Safeway is a partner who is active at hiring participants post-program. Being considered for employment following the session is dependent on the store’s need at the time and the skills presented by the participant.

This program is run in a group of two or three individuals, with a day of orientation then twice weekly training  of 5 hours for 12 weeks.   This program is hands-on learning with a supportive job coach on site.  Participants will need to wear steel toed boots or shoes when they are working.

Parents/caregivers will receive e-mail updates weekly.

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Are aged 18 years and older as of the program start date
  • Have and are aware of their ASD diagnosis
  • Have reliable private transportation to reach warehouse
  • Self motivated to seek employment, and willing to accept position if offered
  • Stand for long periods of time
  • Conversational
  • Accepts and implements feedback from multiple supervisors
  • Tolerant of repetitive tasks
  • Are capable of time management and responsibility (i.e., arriving on time, communicating if they are running late or calling in sick)
  • Are able to commit to and attend weekly work times
  • Provide documentation of guardianship status

Cost:  $350

Tim Hortons Work Experience

This program covers the following areas:

  • Cleaning (i.e., windows, garbage cans, tables, floor, parking lot)
  • Time Management (i.e., taking break independently)
  • Customer Service (i.e., knowing the special and greeting customers)
  • Communication with Team Members
  • Cooperation with Team Members

This program is run with two participants at a location to be announced.  Participants will have 8 shifts of hands-on learning with a supportive job coach.  Participants will need to wear a long or short sleeved white shirt, black dress pants and close toed black shoes.  A job following the session is dependent on the store’s need at the time and the skills presented by the participant.

Parents/caregivers will receive e-mail updates on weeks 3 and 5.  A Session Summary that includes all of the strategies and recommendations from the program will be mailed out in the month following the session end.

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Aged 15 years and older as of the program start date
  • Have and are aware of their ASD diagnosis
  • Self motivated to seek employment
  • Tolerates repetitive tasks
  • Accepts and implements feedback from multiple supervisors
  • Committed to attend scheduled program dates
  • Provide guardianship status
  • Comfortable with customer interaction

Cost: $200

Custodial Work Experience

This program is run with two participants at the offices of Society for Treatment of Autism.  It is in the evening, in a quiet, empty environment. Participants will have 8 shifts of hands-on learning with a supportive job coach.  Job tasks include mixing cleaning agents into water, vacuuming, sanitizing, mopping, tidying, etc. Participants should wear clothing that can be stained or soiled. 

Parents/caregivers will receive e-mail updates on weeks 1 and 4.  A Session Summary that includes all of the strategies and recommendations from the program will be mailed out in the month following the session end.

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be available for evening shifts
  • Have an ASD diagnosis
  • Are able to commit to and attend scheduled program dates
  • Accepts and implements feedback from supervisors
  • Tolerates standing for long periods of time
  • Possess good motor skills
  • Provide documentation of guardianship status

Cost: $200

For further information please call 403.210.5000 for Treena Gower Foster, Program Manager gowert@sta-ab.com.