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“Not just friends, not just trainees and job coaches, here at Steps we are ‘family’ who are always ready to accept, understand and support each other.”
– Pear, Bangkok team.
Our goal is to give our trainees a great future
We believe our trainees deserve the best, so we’re really proud to have built an outstanding team of professionals here at Steps. It’s not just that we share a personal passion to achieve our mission. Everyone, from our vocational trainers to our team of therapists, is qualified to the highest standard, and our vocational training programme is UK-accredited. We have won a number of awards in recognition of our dedication and expertise.
Max Simpson – CEO/Founder
Max’s qualifications: MA Special Educational Needs & Inclusion, PG CERT Special Educational Needs Coordination
I have been working with the neurodiverse community for the past 15 years and the longer I work alongside this community, the more evidence I have that they are value adding employees to any business.
Originally from the UK, I have worked in a variety of settings including learning support departments and with young people in care. I then went on to focus on transition to employment before moving to Bangkok and becoming deputy head of a special needs school.
After working there for 4 years, I saw the gap between education and employment and the need for transition services for people with special needs. I believe partnership is the key to creating a more inclusive society.
What I love about Steps: It is more than a training centre or coffee shop, it is a safe community space for all which promotes individuality. The community we work with have so many skills to offer and I love seeing them get the opportunity to do that in our real work environments.
Uang Hotrakitya – Director of Partnerships/Founder
Uang’s qualifications: BA and MA in International Relations, MA in Social Innovation and Sustainability, Diploma in Patisserie and Thai Cuisine at Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School
From my work at the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to opening several social enterprises and co-founding Steps, I believe workplaces and society benefit hugely from inclusion. Social enterprise is a powerful tool to help create systemic impact for the neurodiverse community.
Providing employment opportunities for young neurodiverse adults is a topic close to my heart and something that is lacking in Bangkok. I am excited to see the many positive outcomes for our trainees and help them step towards a more independent and fulfilling future.
What I love about Steps: I love seeing our coffee shop staff develop into job coaches and advocates for our mission.
Pear Chainares – Head of Education
Working with the neurodivergent community has continuously been my passion since I was inspired by an amazing boy 6 years ago in a piano class.
Since received my M.Sc. and certification in applied behaviour analysis, I have provided behavioural therapy and differentiated education to children and young people at special learning centres and in school environments.
Now at Steps , I continue to work with my favourite people, facilitating and coaching them in all the functional skills they need for living independently, and for making their dream jobs come true.
What I love about Steps: Not just friends, not just trainees and job coaches, here at Steps we are ‘family’ who are always ready to accept, understand and support each other.
Yim Minchainant – Head of Centre
Yim’s qualifications: MSc Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Psychological Practice
I found my interest in developmental psychology whilst at school as three of my middle school classmates were children with learning differences.
Within the supportive environment of an inclusive school, I saw the different ways my friends interacted with the world and their ability to go beyond expectations. I pursued my passion in young people’s psychological growth through my higher education and now my career.
What I love about Steps: I believe in the vision of being an inclusive community, which at Steps starts with our models of inclusive employment. With hands-on experience in a real-life working environment and collaborative support from staff, I can see the positive changes happening amongst our trainees, which is the most rewarding part of my job.
Kik – Job Coach
Nat Eiamsataporn – Job Coach
Oui Termnuwong – Job Coach and Safeguarding Lead
Oui’s qualifications: BSc Occupational Therapy
One of my responsibilities is to oversee our Business Service Centre, a real, on-site inclusive business which provides both training and employment opportunities for our trainees and graduates. I get to use my skills as an OT to make different types of work accessible which become models for other organisations to use.
Dipika Mangal – Occupational Therapist
Dipika qualifications: BSc/MA in Occupational Therapy
April-Joy Beresford – Job Coach
April’s qualifications: MA Disability Studies (specializing in Applied Behaviour Analysis ABA)
Claire Warner – Job Coach
I have worked with the neurodivergent community since 2018 and have gained valuable experience teaching in a Secondary school in Birmingham, U.K., where I contributed to an engaging life skills curriculum and formed positive relationships with students and their families. I am passionate about inclusion in education and the workplace and enjoy creating purposeful outcomes and promoting independence for learners. I continue to learn from our community everyday.
What I love about working at Steps:
It’s an inclusive workplace where everyone feels accepted for who they are. We are non-judgemental, patient and are supportive of each other. We are also innovative in our approach to inclusive education, teaching purposeful skills and tailoring our curriculum to individual trainees. I also appreciate how Steps is promoting sustainability at our training centre by recycling everything!
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