A&E Network has commissioned All3Media’s Optomen Productions to produce a series that documents struggling neuro-diverse job seekers as they search for meaningful employment.
Each hour-long episode of The Employables will showcase two neuro-diverse job hunters as they strive to overcome challenges and find fulfilling employment that provides them with the skills to boost their long-term careers.
Each job seeker is paired with an autism or Tourette syndrome specialist to identify their strengths and the best way to pursue their job search. After identifying and understanding their strengths, each participant sets out on interviews or trial runs with potential employers to find their preferred career.
The Employables will also spotlight the highs and lows that their friends and family have experienced as they help them reach their goals.
Additionally, A&E will provide information about organizations that offer programs and resources for neuro-diverse individuals and their families online and through social media.
Executive producers for Optomen Productions are Joseph Eardly, Ricky Kelehar, Maria Silver and Edward Hambleton (co-executive producer). Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro and Brad Holcman serve as executive producers for A&E Network.
The Employables is based on the original format Employable Me, produced by Optomen and the BBC.
“Like our Emmy-winning series Born This Way, The Employables is an important example of how embracing our differences can bring about positive and necessary change both in the workplace and in the lives of so many people,” said Bryant, EVP and head of programming at A&E Network, in a statement.
The Employables premieres May 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on A&E.
(Photo credit Ricky Rhodes/A&E)