Using proven processes openly shared by Meticulon, a similar, established social enterprise in Calgary, as well as expertise from other organizations around the world working in this sector, Level IT Up uses a comprehensive intake process, followed by an introductory 3-week training/assessment program. Level IT Up staff work with participants who become Level IT Up consultants through the training process. Consultants then work with Level IT Up staff to find employment in the tech sector where employers have been given background knowledge about ASD as well as a point of contact with Level IT Up who can provide ongoing support as needed.
Likewise, Level IT Up consultants moving into the workforce have ongoing access to support and mentorship through Level IT Up job coaching personnel.
We are looking for adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger Syndrome, or high functioning ASD who are 21 years of age and older with skills and training in computer science. You must be self-motivated, interested in working in the information and communication technology sector, be fluent in English and be willing to work with us throughout the assessment/training and employment placement process.
Some of the specific work related skills we will be assessing include:
- Attention to detail
- Work ethic
Other areas of interest include:
- Your understanding of ASD
How has Level IT Up evolved from concept to reality?
The Level IT Up social enterprise concept came out of similar ventures already hard at work in Canada and around the world. Using and adapting business frameworks from Meticulon in Calgary, Mindshift, in Fargo, and many others, an initial business plan for Level IT Up was developed and a feasibility study completed.
With a committed board of directors and the support of many local businesses in Winnipeg’s information and communications technology sector, the model is being tested and the future looks bright.
In time, Level IT Up will further evolve to support a wider range of individuals with neurodevelopmental difference in additional business sectors including, accounting, engineering, science and technology, etc. where their unique advantages (attention to detail, intense focus, excellent rote memory, pattern recognition, etc.) can be used to their greatest advantage.
Where can I learn more?
Contact President Anne Kresta or any one of our board members to learn more about our business concept and how it might benefit you or someone you know.
How does the Accessibility for Manitobans Act and fit in with Level IT Up?
The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) is a landmark piece of legislation that became law in 2013. It commits to removing barriers to accessibility in the areas of customer service, employment, transportation, information and communication, and the built environment. Standards are being developed to support this legislation with increased public awareness and knowledge of how to support and encourage diversity in all aspects of community life. Level IT Up will serve as a resource for employers to learn how to better accommodate neurodiversity and will also serve as a source of new hires as these businesses diversify their workforces. Learn more +
What is a social enterprise?
“A social enterprise is an organization that applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in financial,social and environmental well-being—this may include maximizing social impact alongside profits for external shareholders.”
A social enterprise is a business model that allows an organization to earn revenue for its services while maintaining its non-profit status. This revenue is used to pay our consultants competitive wages, pay our job coaches and pay other staff involved in the enterprise. Some of the revenue is also used to offset the costs of assessment and training processes when screening our consultants for their suitability in working with us. Other revenue sources used to offset these initial costs include donations, grants and fundraising.
Our social purpose is the increased independence and employment of adults with ASD in Winnipeg.