People on the autism spectrum can struggle to find a job, but a new Border program has seen 10 candidates secure employment.
The Talent Hub Albury showcased the skills and abilities of the job seekers, who completed two weeks of online induction before being offered a position with a government agency and then underwent another fortnight of induction.
Specialisterne, a social enterprise that enables jobs for people on the autism spectrum, facilitated the program and collaborated with Border disability employment service, The Personnel Group, who sourced five of the 10 participants.
The Personnel Group business development manager James Smith said the successful candidates had now been working for about a month, managing the input of data, such as client correspondence, scanning and sorting of mail.
"The impact that it has had on their happiness, the impact that it's had on their families has been really, really special to see," he said.
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"To have new roles created in the local community, especially in a time like this, has been a real positive.
Mr Smith said while all new appointments brought challenges, these "are known up front, so they're able to be mitigated and interventions put in".
People on the autism spectrum often showed qualities like loyalty to an employer and being able to process information quickly.
"Good organisations are seeing the benefit in employing people with autism ... and it's great that they've been able to be put in an environment where that potential is going to be realised," he said.