Embracing the value of integrating neurodiverse individuals into the workforce
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.
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.
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.