Working with SAP to Change the Labor Paradigm
In May 2013, Specialisterne entered a partnership with SAP AG to provide employment opportunities for people with autism as software testers, programmers and data quality assurance specialists. Like, the Specialist People Foundation, and Specialisterne operations around the globe, SAP sees a potential competitive advantage to leveraging the unique talents of people with autism, while also helping them to secure meaningful employment.
This collaboration supports SAP’s mission to help the world run better and improve people’s lives, and our mission to enable jobs for people with autism, while strengthening SAP and SPF as global leaders in innovation.
So far, successful pilot projects in India and Ireland have demonstrated the positive impact of empowering people with autism to excel in their areas of strength. SAP Labs India has hired six people with autism as software testers for SAP Business Suite applications. In Ireland, we have just now completed the screening phase for five positions to be filled this year. SAP will be expanding the program globally, starting in the US, Canada and Germany this year 2013.
The program is currently in the ramp-up phase, and the recruitment process will commence in the coming months. Updates on recruitment, locations and on the program in general will be published here.
If you would like to hear more about the SAP/SPF collaboration, or if you have any additional questions, please send your inquiry to
Nominet Trust & Founders Forum For Good
In October 2013, Specialisterne in the UK was one of the first recipients of the Social Tech for Social Change award from Nominet Trust. Nominet trust supports endeavours that seek to use technology in an innovative way to address complex social challenges.
This award included inclusion in a mentoring program in partnership with Founders Forum For Good, who champion social change and inequalities in education, health, employment, & income by utilizing the vast pool of talent in the tech community.
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
We are happy to announce that we have become one of the recipients in this years round of grant awards from the Esmée Fairbain Foundation.
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. They do this by funding the charitable work of organisations with the ideas and ability to achieve positive change.
The Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK. They make grants of £30 – £35 million annually towards a wide range of work within the arts, education and learning, the environment and social change. They also operate a £26 million Finance Fund which invests in organisations that aim to deliver both a financial return and a social benefit.
Diversity Jobs believe in a truly diverse workplace, and connect people to employers who believe strongly in having a mixed staff population.
Specialisterne and Diversity Jobs aim to match the right person to the right job, focusing on the talent, not the difference.