London, UK, 12 October 2022 — DXC Technology (NYSE: DXC), a leading Fortune 500 global technology services provider, is expanding the DXC Dandelion program, which helps people with autism, ADHD, dyslexia and other neurological disorders Neurodivergent individuals build careers in the IT industry.
Following the success of the program in Australia and New Zealand, DXC is now rolling out the program in Europe and Asia Pacific countries. On a 12-month pilot basis, the UK will launch first, followed by Bulgaria, Poland and the Philippines.
Recruitment is now open at the new location, offering employment opportunities in various fields including data analytics, software automation, user experience and cybersecurity.
Launched in Australia in 2014, the DXC Dandelion programme focuses on creating employment pathways and careers for neurodiverse individuals in the IT industry. No professional experience is required to participate, and DXC has offered this program to individuals of all abilities who are motivated to work in technology. In addition to providing employment opportunities, DXC also provides participants with technical and vocational training and professional support from professional consultants.
Michael Fieldhouse, DXC Technology APAC Social Impact Practice Leader, who leads the DXC Dandelion program, emphasizes: “Neurodivergent individuals often have extraordinary visual thinking and attention to detail. These are invaluable skills, especially in cybersecurity and data analytics. IT fields such as. By creating a fair and positive work environment, and by providing the right support framework, we give DXC Dandelion participants the best chance of success.”
DXC Dandelion Plan Quantity:
- Created jobs for over 200 people to date
- 92% job retention rate
- 30-40% increase in overall productivity of teams participating in the program
- Recognized by global industry organizations with 17 international awards for contributions to developing social good programs
- Highest-scoring company on the Global Disability Equality Index with a 100% disability and inclusion achievement score over the past three years
- A pilot of the scheme will begin in the UK in 2021, providing employment to 15 neurodivergent individuals
- Participants have the opportunity to work on client projects. For example, the UK Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has 4 people working on software testing and user experience (UX) as part of DXC’s contract to support the Information Management Services 4 (IMS4) programme.
Chris Halbard, President, EMEA, DXC Technology added: “As we continue to grow, it is important that we invest in the communities in which we do business and recognize the positive impact of diversity in the workplace. This is why we will DXC Dandelion expands across Europe and globally, helping neurodivergent individuals unleash their unique talents and bring success to themselves, DXC and our clients.”
Cooperation with NGOs
DXC Technology works with NGOs, foundations and educational institutions to help expand the reach and impact of the DXC Dandelion program and support the identification and selection of participants who may benefit.
“Disparities in employment participation among neurodivergent individuals is a global issue that deserves our collective attention,” said Susanne Bruyere, professor of disability studies and academic director of the Yangtan Institute for Employment and Disability at Cornell’s ILR School. The partnership, as it furthers the DXC Dandelion program globally, provides information on these targeted neurodiversity recruiting programs more broadly through a partnership with an online portal that shares relevant program information. “
To learn more and watch a video about the DXC Dandelion program, including perspectives from participants, visit: https://dxc.com/uk/en/about-us/social-values/dxc-dandelion-program.
About the DXC Dandelion Project
The DXC Dandelion program provides an environment that supports and celebrates the talents and skills of neurodivergent individuals, such as those with autism, ADHD, or dyslexia, and helps them build valuable skills to pursue careers in information technology. Learn more about how we support the neurodiversity of our workforce at DXC.com.
About DXC Technology
DXC Technology (NYSE: DXC) helps global companies run their mission-critical systems and operations while modernizing IT, optimizing data architectures and ensuring security and scalability across public, private and hybrid clouds. The world’s largest companies and public sector organizations trust DXC deployment services to drive new levels of performance, competitiveness and customer experience for their IT assets. Learn more about how we deliver exceptional service to our clients and colleagues at DXC.com.