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Why neurodiversity is good for your tech business!
The demand for digital tech skills continues to grow exponentially in Scotland and many employers struggle to recruit the tech skills they need. Neurodiversity presents an opportunity for employers to unlock strong skills and qualities which can be particularly well suited to digital tech jobs.

Neurodiversity is also proven to bring business benefits such as increased productivity and retention.

Join us to learn why neurodiversity is good for business and how you can benefit from a more neurodiverse workforce.

This webinar is an opportunity to hear:

> What neurodiversity is and how it can benefit your business
> The strengths and skills of a neurodiverse profile and fit with digital tech jobs
> How tech employers can better recruit and support neurodivergent individuals
> Where tech employers can get help and support to increase neurodiversity

This webinar is of importance to all employers with a requirement for digital technology skills.

Who should attend from your organisation?
> HR professionals
> D&I staff
> Early careers and talent pipeline staff
> Digital technology business leads

This webinar is brought to you by Skills Development Scotland in partnership with ScotlandIS, CIPD, BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT) and Lexxic.

Jun 22, 2021 11:00 AM in London

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Speakers

Karen Meechan
Interim CEO @ScotlandIS
Karen is a passionate supporter of the Scottish digital tech industry and has been for over 15 years. As Interim Chief Executive Officer of ScotlandIS, the membership and cluster management organisation for the sector, she oversees the work of the team, ensuring strategic priorities are met and our industry continues to thrive. Karen is inspired daily by meeting and talking to our members who create technology solutions that change the way we all live. One of the greatest parts of her job is watching these companies take something from little more than an idea on paper, to a hugely successful business. Karen holds a board position with Digital Xtra Fund, a charity founded with the goal that every young person in Scotland should have access to innovative and digitally creative activities. She is also holds positions on the SCDI International Business Committee, UK Technology Cluster Group, Connecting Scotland Governance Board and the SDS Digital Technologies Skills Group.
Ketty Lawrence
Digital Skills Project Manager @Skills Development Scotland
As project manager for the Scottish Government funded Digital Skills Investment Programme, Ketty has designed, developed and led a number of initiatives to help close Scotland’s digital skills gap with a particular focus on diversity. Amongst many things this has included creating an evidence base on which to inform positive action to support tech employers and educators to increase neurodiversity. Ketty leads delivery of the Neurodiversity in tech action plan, engaging with industry, public agencies and stakeholders throughout the skills supply pipeline and helping to create partnerships on which to drive action forward. Previous to this Ketty worked in the digital tech industry for 7 years. Ketty has experienced first-hand many of the skills challenges facing employers and individuals working in tech and is passionate about working with others to overcome these.
Lee Ann Panglea
Head of CIPD Scotland and NI @CIPD
Lee Ann leads CIPD’s effort in Scotland and Northern Ireland to promote CIPD as the indispensable voice in people and development, and a career partner to almost 11,000 CIPD members in Scotland. Through strengthening relationships with local policy makers, key employers, strategic partners, and CIPD’s network of engaged volunteers, Lee Ann and her colleagues encourage influencers in the world of work to value people and development as key to better work and working lives. With over 20 years’ commercial experience across the consumer, retail and professional services sectors throughout the UK, Lee Ann brings significant personal experience of the world of work to her current role.