The MindSpark Training Academy (MTA) was created to provide vocational training to talented and qualified individuals with specialized abilities, particularly young adults on the autism spectrum. The customized training will enable these individuals to use their interest in technology, keen eye for detail, and sustained focus to earn a living. Attention to detail and sustained focus are highly valued in the field of software testing, which can be enjoyable for people with an aptitude for finding patterns and irregularities, and highly satisfying when problems are identified in the software that is being tested.
Candidates who are interested in the training program will be asked to fill out an application form and an assessment checklist prior to being invited for an interview and further assessment. Only those candidates with a high likelihood of completing the program will be accepted for training.
The MindSpark Training Academy offers 8-week training sessions consisting of both classroom and on-the-job training. Training includes software testing concepts, simulations, real world exercises and work readiness skills, and is offered free of charge to participants. After completing a training session, qualified trainees are offered a 3-month (or more) paid apprenticeship with MindSpark Inc., which subsequently leads to employment as a paid software testing analyst. For more information on apprenticeship, please see this document. In collaboration with the Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF), which provides a full continuum of lifespan services for 3,500 children and adults with developmental disabilities and other special needs in the Los Angeles area, MTA classroom training is housed in Culver City, California.