DXC Dandelion Program

Embracing the value of integrating neurodiverse individuals into the workforce

Customer Story

Diversity of thought enables competitive advantage for NAB

Neurodiversity program addresses the demand for new talent and competition for resources in the IT industry, and achieves outstanding business results for National Australia Bank, one of the four largest financial institutions in Australia.

neurodiverse individuals employed within 11 teams across Australia
Over $2.5M
invested into neurodiversity and mental health research
global organisations accessing our open-sourced tools
Neurodiversity Hubs established with Universities and research partners

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 — helping them build valuable skills to pursue a career in information technology.

With the increasing demand on technical skills in the IT industry — in areas such as cyber security, data analytics and software testing — today more than ever, organisations are recognising the value of integrating neurodiverse individuals into the workforce and the advantages that a neurodiverse workforce brings.

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The primary aim of the program is to help establish careers for neurodiverse people by creating the right environment, with the right support structure, to ensure that individuals are able to build valuable information technology, life, and executive functioning skills, and to learn and grow as employees and in society.

For individuals and organisations involved with the DXC Dandelion Program, the relationship is a mutually beneficial one. For neurodiverse individuals, the program helps develop technical and social skills to obtain long-term, meaningful employment. For public and private sector organisations, it’s an opportunity to harness the unique skill sets that often come with neurodiversity, such as the extraordinary capacity for visual thinking, the comfort of routine and systematically-oriented activities, as well as accuracy, honesty, close attention to detail and the ability to identify errors – all valuable attributes for business.

DXC Dandelion Program Awards

  • 2020 iTnews Benchmark Awards: Diversity Project of the Year for 2019
  • 2019 NAB Supplier Awards: Diversity, Inclusion and Sustainability
  • 2019 ACS Digital Disruptors Awards: Skills Transformation of Work Teams
  • 2019 ACS South Australian Young Professional of the Year (Felicia Vozzo) – for her work in the DXC Dandelion Program
  • 2019 ACS Digital Disruptors Awards: Young Professional of the Year – Gold Disruptor (Felicia Vozzo) – for her work in the DXC Dandelion Program
  • 2018 ISG ANZ Paragon Awards – Impact category
  • 2017 ACT Chief Minister’s Award for Excellence and Inclusion in Business
  • 2017 AAGE Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards: Will Spensley Memorial Award
  • 2017 AIIA iAwards South Australia: Community Services
  • 2015 AIIA iAwards ACT: Inclusion and Community
  • 2015 Asia Pacific Autism Conference: Outstanding Service in the Autism Spectrum Field
  • 2015 Amaze Community Awards: Excellence in Business Leadership