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DXC Dandelion Program

An award-winning program connecting neurodiverse people with meaningful employment, and helping workplaces fill IT skills gaps.

​It’s our 10-year anniversary! ​

Small acts can have big impacts.

The 10-year anniversary of the DXC Dandelion Program shines a light on the small acts that organisations and colleagues can adopt to create sustainable employment for neurodivergent individuals in the workplace.

10 small acts to support neurodivergent colleagues

Small acts can transform the lives of neurodivergent individuals, infuse purpose and give them a chance to thrive in a world that often overlooks their unique strengths and capabilities.

Conversation starters to help you help others

Support neurodivergent colleagues in the workplace with our conversation starter guide. A small act that could have a big impact.

About the program

Neurodivergent individuals, such as those on the autism spectrum, or who have dyslexia or ADHD, often have an extraordinary capacity for visual thinking, accuracy and attention to detail. These are invaluable skills in the IT industry, particularly in areas such as cybersecurity or data analytics.

Established in 2014, the DXC Dandelion Program embraces, supports and expands the skills of neurodivergent individuals to help them secure long-term, fulfilling IT careers.

As a result, DXC's customers and partners are given access to highly skilled team members with strong technical capability, to meet their IT needs. Backed by global research and designed in collaboration with neurodiverse people, the DXC Dandelion Program provides:

  • A unique selection and recruitment process
  • Work experience programs
  • Organisational change programs (including workplace awareness training)
  • Tailored employment programs
  • On-site holistic support frameworks

Program benefits


92%

employment retention rate


30-40%

increase in the overall productivity of teams that participate in the program


75%

job satisfaction reported by neurodivergent people


After the program concludes, most participating workplaces offer permanent positions to DXC Dandelion participants


80%

of colleagues say the program doesn’t add any additional overhead work


Competitive advantage

Workplaces report experiencing a competitive advantage since developing a neurodivergent workforce


Technology partnerships

As a leading technology services company with a global ecosystem of technology alliance partners, neurodivergent individuals are provided with broad education pathways and career progression opportunities


“Having worked with the DXC Dandelion team, we’ve successfully transitioned over 11 individuals to permanent employees, who have brought extraordinary skills and expertise to our organisation. We have found that the training tools we have in place for our employees to support neurodivergent individuals have created an empowering and constructive workplace environment, as well as a culture that allows them to thrive.”

Andrew Baird
ANZ Spectrum Program Manager, ANZ Bank


Program impact

IT skill gaps
organisations fill high-demand roles and gain highly intelligent, dedicated and innovative team members
Career pathways
neurodivergent individuals secure fulfilling long-term careers in supportive and inclusive workplaces
350+
employment opportunities created globally to date
$2.6M+
invested in research
600+
organisations accessing our open-sourced material
12+
neurodiversity hubs established with universities and research partners

“As someone who has always believed in the power of technology to transform lives, I was immediately drawn to the DXC Dandelion mission. I’ve had the privilege of mentoring ten neurodivergent team members seeking to enter the workplace as Software Testers at a federal department. I truly enjoyed working with them. They are not only the most talented and dedicated individuals I ever met, but they also enriched my life with their interests and curiosity. It’s inspiring to experience their growth firsthand and their progress in the workforce journey. I’m excited to see what the future holds for the DXC Dandelion Program.”

Johans Gueudinot
DXC Dandelion Program Technical Lead, Social Impact Practice - DXC Technology

DXC Dandelion Program achievements and recognition

  • 2023 Finalist in the AIIA National iAwards - Diversity​ 
  • 2023 Winner of the Brandon Hall Group HCM Excellence Awards, receiving a Silver for Best Learning Program that Supports and Promotes Diversity, Equity and Inclusion​ 
  • 2023 100% score for DXC on Disability In’s Disability Equality Index, global listing - Best Place to work for disability inclusion​ 
  • 2021 Winner of the Australian Business Award for Community Contribution
  • 2020 iTnews Benchmark Awards: Diversity Project of the Year for 2019
  • 2019 NAB Supplier Awards: Diversity, Inclusion and Sustainability
  • 2019 ACS South Australian Young Professional of the Year
  • 2019 ACS Digital Disruptors Awards: Young Professional of the Year – Gold Disruptor

 

Some of our technology, industry and research partners

SAP
NAB
Life Sherpa
Olga Tennison
Roim Rachok
La Trobe University
Autism CRC
JP Morgan
Pymetrics
Google

News and insights

2023 Social Impact Practice Year in Review

DXC is proud to demonstrate the impact we are making for our people, customers, partners, and the broader community. 

Diversity of thought enables competitive advantage for NAB

Neurodiversity program addresses the demand for new talent in the IT industry, and achieves outstanding business results for National Australia Bank.

A world-first mental health toolkit to support neurodiverse employers

A collaboration between DXC, La Trobe University and ANZ Bank helps organisations better support neurodiverse employees.