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Accessible skills assessments uncovering hidden talent

New solution launched to help find skilled neurodivergent staffers

The federal government has indicated Australia’s skills shortages are the second highest in the OECD, a figure compounded by a recent Australian Talent Conference survey finding that a staggering 95 percent of CEOs stated they are struggling to find talent.  

According to employment testing, HR technology and assessment science company Testgrid, many neurodivergent people have well documented natural talents, such as high levels of concentration, acute attention to detail, persistence, accuracy, and an excellent memory.

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Often a traditional recruitment process does not allow for identification of these skills or the ability for employers to leverage them in meaningful ways.

The company has partnered with neurodiversity specialist Xceptional to now offer access to unique activity-based assessments designed to uncover the talents of under-represented groups. 

Testgrid Chief Operating Officer, Will Ainsley said he was excited to be partnering with Xceptional.

“It furthers the aims of Testgrid to help our customers achieve success through people,” he said.

“A core part of our mission is to ensure that assessments offer valuable insight for hiring, whilst giving every candidate a chance to shine and show their potential.

“Throughout the discussions with Xceptional it was clear that both our organisations share that aim, to help employers reach untapped talent and be fair and accessible to candidates.

“I have been shocked by the level of unemployment and underemployment amongst neurodivergent people, even in the current tight labour market. Indeed, the UN estimates that 80 percent of autistic adults are unemployed or underemployed.

“Our clients regularly tell us the cost of finding and hiring staff is increasing as they cannot find the number of candidates they used to.

“I believe those organisations who can think differently and take this opportunity will move ahead. I am confident that together, Testgrid and Xceptional, can help uncover this untapped talent to improve outcomes for organisations AND candidates. 

“We are passionate about the importance of diversity in the workplace. It is a core value of Testgrid as we know what diversity can do to help organisations succeed.”

Xceptional’s Chief Technology Officer, Gareth Thomas said over the years his team has demonstrated that the strengths of neurodivergent employees, while often overlooked, are of significant value to employers.

“Building assessments to highlight the incredible skills of neurodivergent individuals allows for the identification of talent and skills which may not be uncovered using traditional recruitment methods,” he said.

“The Xceptional platform has been developed by a talented neurodivergent team of designers, software engineers and QA testers.

“We are proud of what we have created and thrilled to be partnering with Testgrid.” 


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