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Specialisterne Canada Inc., a charitable not-for-profit Canadian organization, focused on building a bridge between neurodivergent job seekers and employers. We support employers to tap into the talents of a neurodiverse workforce and build inclusive organizations through education, training, and advisory.

Specialisterne Foundation

Specialisterne Foundation is a non-for-profit organization that works to enable one million jobs for people with autism and similar challenges.

IBM SkillsBuild


We strongly believe that hiring diverse talent increases companies’ success,” said Steen Lohse, CEO and Managing Director of Specialisterne Foundation. Neurodivergent people across the world will have access to free, online courses from IBM SkillsBuild on disruptive technologies such as AI, cybersecurity, and cloud computing, enabling meaningful employment for neurodivergent learners.

To learn more about our partnership visit IBM’s press release.

Interested in honing your skills in emerging technologies that power today’s jobs? Looking to earn technology credentials in areas such as data science, cybersecurity and more?

Specialisterne North America is proud to partner with IBM SkillsBuild to offer free STEM job skills training to neurodivergent job seekers.

IBM SkillsBuild is an educational platform for learners to gain foundational skills to prepare for a job in tech, earn industry-recognized credentials in data science, cybersecurity and more and give job seekers a competitive edge when it comes to finding the right job.

In Spring 2022, IBM SkillsBuild launched a series of new partnerships as part of its commitment to skill 30 million people worldwide by 2030 and to create more equitable and inclusive opportunities for job seekers in the tech field.

As a result of this partnership, Specialisterne’s talent pool can access IBM SkillsBuild and all learning opportunities at no cost. By joining our talent pool, you will also be invited to apply for job opportunities in STEM and beyond through Specialisterne’s Neurodiversity Hiring Initiatives with our dedicated employer partners.

IBM SkillsBuild is open to all individuals who have joined Specialisterne’s Talent Pool. Once your application is received and confirmed, you will receive an email from our Talent team to register you with an IBM SkillsBuild account.

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Specialisterne’s Recommended Learning

IBM SkillsBuild offers 1000+ online courses and shareable badges. To help get you started, Specialisterne has selected the following customized training content to get you started.

Foundational Skills Learning Plan (4 badges)

  • Professional Skills badge (7 + hrs)
  • Job Application Essentials badge (7hrs 45mins)
  • Explorations into Mindfulness (3 hrs)
  • Agile Explorer (7+ hrs)

Data Analysis Foundations (6 badges)

  • Section 1:Big Data Foundations
    • Big Data 101 (3 hrs)
    • Hadoop 101 (5 hrs)
    • Spark Fundamentals I (5 hrs)
  • Section 2: Applied Data Science with Python
    • Python for Data Science (3 hrs)
    • Data Analysis with Python (3 hrs)
    • Data Visualization with Python (3 hrs)

Introduction to Cybersecurity (1 badge and Fortinet certifications 1-3)

  • Section 1:
    • Cybersecurity Fundamentals Badge (6 hrs)
  • Section 2:
    • Fortinet NSE 1 (1hr)
    • Fortinet NSE 2 (3 hrs)
    • Fortinet NSE 3 (4 hrs)

Project Management Fundamentals (1 badge)

  • This course introduces you to the basic principles of project management and what it takes to be a successful project manager.