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Fast Track:
Work Experience

The Fast Track program took place from January to February 2021.

Project Fast Track is a pillar of the national Employment Recovery Project, developed in response to COVID-19.

This project aimed to help businesses address hiring and support challenges they have faced due to the pandemic, while also promoting workplace inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities and autism.

We partnered with businesses and service agencies to facilitate work experience placements at no cost for businesses to take part.

Program Structure

  • Work experience placements held from January to March 2021
  • Placements last from 1-4 weeks up to 40 hours per week
  • Placements will host 2-3 participants at at time
  • No costs to businesses, participants or service agencies to participate

Project Fast Track: Jan-Feb 2021

For Employers

As the employer, you provide:

  • An in-person or virtual work placement opportunity
  • An employee designated as the Workplace Trainer to demonstrate the tasks required for the work placement*
    *Project Fast Track will cover their salary up to $1000 per week.

As the employer, you receive:

  • A Job Coach to support your Workplace Trainer for the duration of the placement.
    Job Coaches are trained in providing support to autistic individuals and those with other disabilities.
  • Support in creating an inclusive training process that is customized to support your business
  • Access to online inclusive employment training through the national Ready, Willing & Able initiative
  • National social media recognition as a champion for inclusive hiring
  • A pool of qualified candidates for future job opportunities

If a participant is hired by your business, they will receive ongoing support from the national Ready, Willing & Able initiative. This will ensure that the needs of your new hire and your business as a whole are met beyond the work experience placement.

All training aligns with COVID-19 protocol and business operational guidelines.

Questions about Fast Track?
Contact: [email protected]

For Job Seekers
  • One-on-one Job Coach provided, if needed.
  • Receive an hourly training wage for the duration of your placement.
  • Transportation allowances available (up to $100 per week)
  • Hands-on experience and skill development
  • Obtain all necessary certification for the placement (ie. First Aid, WHIMS, Food Safe, etc.)

Questions about Fast Track?
Contact: [email protected]canucksautism.ca

Work Placements

Confirmed work experience placements include:

All placements are assigned by employment service agencies Some businesses may be exclusive to certain agencies.

The Employment Recovery Project is delivered by Canucks Autism Network (CAN), Inclusion Canada and the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance (CASDA) and works in collaboration with Ready, Willing and Able (RWA).

Funded by the Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities.