DXC expands Dandelion Program to help neurodivergent individuals

DXC expands Dandelion Program to help neurodivergent individuals

 October 13, 2022

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DXC Technology is expanding the DXC Dandelion Program which helps neurodivergent individuals with autism, ADHD, dyslexia and other neurological conditions to build careers in the IT industry.

Following the success of the program in Australia and New Zealand, DXC Technology is now launching the initiative across European and Asia Pacific countries. The United Kingdom will be first to launch, building on a 12-month pilot, with Bulgaria, Poland and the Philippines to follow. 

"During Global Diversity Month, DXC is proud to announce we are expanding the global DXC Dandelion Program initiative across Europe and APAC, creating employment pathways and careers for neurodiverse individuals within the IT industry," says DXC Technology. 

Employment opportunities in various fields 

DXC Technology Dandelion Program

Recruitment is now open across the new locations with employment opportunities in various fields including data analytics, software automation, user experience and cybersecurity.

The DXC Dandelion Program was launched in 2014 in Australia with a focus on creating employment pathways and careers for neurodivergent individuals within the IT industry. With no prior professional experience required to participate, DXC Technology has made the program available to individuals of all abilities with the motivation to work in technology. In addition to offering employment, DXC provides participants with technical and vocational training plus professional support by specialised consultants.

DXC Technology APAC's Social Impact Practice Leader, Michael Fieldhouse, who is responsible for the DXC Dandelion Program, emphasizes that “neurodivergent individuals often have an extraordinary ability to think visually and to care for details. These are valuable skills, especially in areas of IT such as cybersecurity and data analytics. By creating an equitable and positive working environment, and by providing the right support framework, we are giving participants of DXC Dandelion the best chance to succeed.”

DXC Dandelion Program in Numbers:

  • Employment opportunities created for more than 200 individuals to date
  • 92% employment retention rate
  • 30-40% increase in the overall productivity of teams which participate in the program
  • Recognized by industry organizations globally, winning 17 international awards for its contribution to the development of socially beneficial initiatives
  • Recognized in the Top-Scoring Companies list by the Global Disability Equality Index, achieving a score of 100% for the company’s disability and inclusion achievements in the last three years
  • A pilot of the program began in UK in 2021, providing 15 neurodivergent individuals with employment opportunities
  • Participants have the opportunity to work on customer projects. For example, the UK’s Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), where 4 individuals are working on software testing and User Experience (UX) as part of DXC’s contract to support the Information Management Services 4 (IMS4) program.

Highlighting the positive impact of workplace diversity

President of DXC Technology EMEA, Chris Halbard, added: “As DXC continues to grow, it’s important that we invest in the communities where we do business and recognize the positive impact of diversity in the workplace. That’s why we are extending DXC Dandelion across EMEA and worldwide, helping neurodivergent individuals unlock their unique talents and bring success to themselves, DXC and our customers.”

DXC Technology cooperates with non-governmental organizations

DXC Technology cooperates with non-governmental organizations, foundations and educational institutions which help to expand the reach and impact of the DXC Dandelion Program and supports identifying and selecting participants who could benefit.

"Disparities in employment participation rates for neurodivergent individuals is a global issue that merits our concerted attention,” said Professor of Disability Studies, Academic Director, Susanne Bruyere, Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability, Cornell University ILR School.

“Cornell University is pleased to partner with DXC Technology as it further moves the DXC Dandelion Program globally to make information about these targeted neurodiversity hiring initiatives more broadly available through a partnership for an online portal that shares related program information.”

Supporting and celebrating neurodivergent individuals

The DXC Dandelion Program provides an environment that supports and celebrates the talents and skills of neurodiverse people — such as those with Autism, ADHD or Dyslexia — and helps them build valuable skills to pursue a career in information technology.

The vision DXC Dandelion has is creating a sustainable program that will increase the workforce participation rate of neurodiverse people, enhancing their technical and life skills to enable the development of their IT careers.

Using recent evidence-based research, along with our experiences and learnings, we have designed a long-term development program that creates the right environment for growth with the right support structure.

Read more about the program. 

DXC Technology offers an inclusive workplace for all 

Diversity is reflected in DXC Technology's inclusive environment that embraces many cultures, backgrounds, values and ideas offered by its global workforce.

DXC is proud of its inclusive and diverse culture.

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