IBM Neurodiversity Program, Client Innovation Centre, Ballarat

IBM Neurodiversity Program,

Client Innovation Centre, Ballarat
Application Development and Testing roles

Deadline extended! Applications now open until Wednesday March 13th, 2019

Specialisterne Australia offers an alternative for people with autism to connect with employers who recognise the valuable contributions and talents that people on the autism spectrum can bring to their organisations. We offer a tailored workshop and assessment program whereby applicants can demonstrate in a practical, hands-on environment their skills and abilities, directly to employers.

IBM is the largest technology and consulting employer in the world, serving clients in 170 countries. In this new era of Cognitive Business, IBM is helping to reshape industries by bringing together our expertise in Cloud, Analytics, Security, Mobile, and the Internet of Things. We are changing how we create. How we collaborate. How we analyse. How we engage. IBM is a leader in this global transformation and innovation. IBM values the mutual benefits to both the incoming candidates sourced through the IBM Neurodiversity Program, Client Innovation Centre in Ballarat and the benefits the great many skills and abilities people on the autism spectrum can offer in their critical IT services.

We are currently seeking applications for employment with IBM offering a variety of both full-time and part-time roles.These roles involve various aspects of IT including Application Development and Testing roles.

Applicant requirements:

  • Must be aged 18 years or older
  • Must have a diagnosis of autism (including Autism spectrum disorder, Asperger’s disorder, Autistic disorder, or PDD-NOS)
  • Must have proof of Australian Citizenship or right to work in Australia
  • Must be able to attend a 1-day Candidate Pre-Screening Workshop during the week of Monday 18th March and if successful must be able to attend the Specialisterne 4-week assessment phase (see below for more details) beginning Monday 25th March until Friday 18th April 2019 (those with existing commitments during this time please advise at time of application)
  • Should live within a daily commutable distance of Ballarat
  • All candidates must be able to undergo a police check, and some will require a government clearance.

The following skills and experiences will be highly regarded, although are not essential for the role:

  • Ideally possess a bachelor’s degree or TAFE qualification in Information Technology, Computer Science, Software Development or similarly related discipline OR have real-world experience in software development or testing practices
  • A strong interest in any of the following: Software Development and Testing, Data Analytics, Networking, Cyber Security or related tasks
  • An understanding of programming languages and/or testing – Python, Java, SQL, C# and others highly desirable
  • An interest in technology and/or business


The 3-Step Application Process















Specialisterne Recruitment Process





















Key Dates

Applications Open Wednesday 6th February 2019

Complete survey:

Email CV:

Applications close Wednesday 13th March 2019 at 2pm
Advised of outcome Friday 15th March 2019
Workshop dates From Monday 18th March 2019
Notification to attend Training & Assessment Program Thursday 21st March 2019
Information Session Friday 22nd March 2019
Training and Assessment Program Monday 25th March-Thursday April 18th
Commencement of Employment From May 2019


If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Carayannis:  

For further information about our recruitment process and schedule, please go to our website:

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