A Strategic Approach MATCHING EMPLOYERS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS TRAINEES

The Registered Apprenticeship program is our venture that matches high school students (18-21 years old) diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with appropriate employers for apprenticeships.

As of this date, we have recruited 50 students for the pioneering A-Plus Apprentice program which customizes curricula based on student skills. Our first concentrations will be in graphic design, illustrator and e-commerce specialist roles, with more to follow.

The benefits for employers in the state include gaining highly skilled employees, reducing turnover costs, increasing retention, improving productivity, and gaining even more workforce diversity. The Boggs Center at Rutgers University partners with us to provide training for employers to understand hiring and employing people with disabilities.

The benefits for apprentices include increased skills, higher wages, nationally recognized credentials and greater career advancement. 

Our instructors give 144 hours of related technical instruction, and apprentices work 2000 hours per year or a hybrid of hours and competency. Each apprentice earns a nationally-recognized credential upon completion of the program.

Our program will provide an inflow of new employees for the employers, while they do good by turning the apprentices’ employment hopes into reality.

A-Plus Apprentice is a division of A-Plus-Consulting LLC which is a licensed consulting/temporary hire firm, certified by the state of New Jersey as Women and Small Business Enterprise (WBE; SBE), Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Woman Business Enterprise (WBE), New York City Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) for full service Human Resources Consulting and Training. At the federal level, we are Woman-Owned (WOSB) and Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business concern (EDWOSB) certified and registered to conduct business in NJ, NY.

Federal contractors are required to hire people with disabilities, hence our vision focuses on the high unmet need for educating special needs students and placing them where people with disabilities can thrive.

Selected by New Jersey Technology Council as one of 100 most unique and innovative companies in the New Jersey ecosystem.

Leadership with Darrell W. Gunter on 89.5 FM WSOU

American History High School and Autism

Principle Bryan Olkowski, Special needs educator, Susan Carbora and Helena van der Merwe of A-Plus-Consulting LLC talk about how American History High School works hand in hand with autism students to help them to prepare for life beyond the classroom.

Listen to the radio interview on iTunes – scroll down to number 184

2019 SUMMER TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM (STEP)

Hired as instructor for the Jersey City Summer Technology and Entrepreneurship Program (STEP), a program of Morrison Technology Community Services. It is an exciting weekday summer adventure that explores with high school students the connections between technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation for six weeks. Students work together to seek solutions to real-world problems and learn about how to integrate technology with entrepreneurship. The Jersey City class won the T-Shirt design competition and produced the runner up for the best business idea and pitch competition.

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