New program helping students with autism find jobs

New program helping students with autism find jobs

A GROUNDBREAKING program will be delivered in the Peel region to bolster the employment prospects of high school students with autism.

The specialist Coder-Dojo – developed for 11 to 17- year-olds – is the result of a partnership between Bankwest, CoderDojo WA and the Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance.

A free information session for parents and children will be held at Make Place Mandurah on Saturday, with registration at 9.30am.

The Peel CoderDojo for high schoolers on the autism spectrum could be expanded to help students with other conditions.

CoderDojo is a volunteer-led world-wide movement of free coding clubs (Dojos) for school-aged children (ninjas) and provides free, fun and social open learning environments.

Mentors guide likeminded ‘ninjas’ in developing in-demand skills in areas such as robotics, Internet of Things, animation and game-building to help bolster employment prospects.

The Peel CoderDojo starts with a four-day workshop on July 15, 16, 18 and 19 before continuing weekly on Saturdays throughout term 3.

Bankwest head of corporate responsibility Lisa Holley said it was important to establish the specialist CoderDojo in the Peel region to provide opportunities to people often caught between Perth-based and greater South West services.

For more information, send an email to matthew.p.jones@postgrad.|curtin.edu.au.

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