Our Mission and Values
Our mission is to help neurodivergent job-seekers find meaningful employment with inclusive employers. We want to support these employers to attract, recruit and integrate neurodivergent talent.
For decades hiring neurodivergent people has been seen as something 'nice to do' and a charitable act. Enna is here to change this. We're committed to helping employers realise the exceptional talent and skillsets neurodivergent people have to offer and the tangible benefits this can have on their workforce.
It's time to create a world where neurodivergent individuals can thrive and we hope you will join us to do this.
Why Enna Was Born
Growing up, I understood that my father and brother were ‘different’. Why did they feel so uncomfortable in new situations, with new people and doing different things? Later, my mum told me that they were autistic and dyslexic. For a long time, these words didn’t mean much to me. During my time at University, I developed an interest in understanding what they were and how they affected people like my dad and brother. I soon learnt that my brother and father weren’t alone, especially in their struggles to find employment.
Neurodiversity and Unemployment
After doing research during my time as a student, I learnt that over 15% of the world’s population are neurodiverse. Yet for many, securing employment is still a big challenge. In the UK, for example, around two-thirds of all autistic adults are unemployed – that’s 500,000 people with unique skills, talents, energy and enthusiasm, but no opportunity to use them productively.
Unlike physical disabilities, conditions like autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD), ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, Tourette’s syndrome and other neurodiversity issues are ‘invisible' and still widely misunderstood by employers.
Traditional recruitment methods don’t allow for different ways of thinking and doing. All too often, neurodivergent candidates feel pressured, anxious and uncomfortable. As a result, they can struggle to get themselves across effectively – and employers miss out on people who could bring enormous benefits to their organisation.
Connecting Employers to Neurodivergent Talent
In 2019, we founded Enna (originally Stack Recruitment) to connect employers with the vast, untapped reserve of neurodivergent talent we knew was out there. As a specialist network for employers, jobseekers and parents, as well as carers and others supporting neurodivergent people, we’re on a mission to make the global workforce more neurodiverse, inclusive and accessible.
Enna (formerly Stack) was founded by Emily Banks in 2019 and later renamed to Enna in 2021. After working in corporate banking, she realised that there was a significant lack of neurodiversity, all the way from graduate level to executive leadership.
As well as this, she realised there were huge barriers to employment for neurodivergent talent, and wanted to find a way to connect employers to an untapped talent pool.
She is very passionate about neurodiversity and is always happy to offer advice and support online or over a coffee, so feel free to get in touch.