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Stack's mission is to help neurodiverse individuals find meaningful employment with inclusive employers.

We operate as a specialised recruitment agency that connects talented neurodiverse candidates with inclusive employers, matching them to their ideal job and helping employers create a diverse and productive workforce.

Stack was founded by Emily Banks in 2018 after studying at University in Sheffield. She realised that there was a huge need for intervention with the autism 'unemployment gap' and decided to channel her passion for social enterprise to help this.

 

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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 dyxlexic. 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, how it 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.

After doing research during as a student, I learnt that over 15% of the worlds population are neurodiverse, to which over 60% of all autistic adults in the UK were unemployed. This represented a staggering 500,000 people, with lots of talent, skills, and a collective desire to get a job. These people had 2.8 million relatives between them, who were just like me! This, as well as my business interests meant I had a passion to help, in any way I could, which was when Stack was born.

I discovered that accessibility was a key problem facing neurodiverse people, which meant that many neurodiverse individuals were missing out on opportunities to get into sustainable employment.

Traditional recruitment methods just weren’t favourable to different ways of thinking and doing, and often meant many neurodiverse candidates felt pressured, anxious and uncomfortable. Employers were therefore missing out on diverse talent.

Following this, I decided to widen my research, and got into contact with employers to understand their perspectives. Why were employers not hiring these talented individuals? Employers told me that they didn’t understand ‘invisible' disabilities and didn’t know where to find support.

Stack is here to help these problems and help make Britain’s workforce and corporate landscape more diverse, inclusive and accessible to all.

We operate as a specialised recruitment agency. Through the creation of innovative, accessible recruitment methods, we match talented autistic individuals to jobs, and support both the individual and employer to make decisions that are right for them, whilst aiding communication and fostering relationships.

This, in total, means more neurodiverse individuals are getting into sustainable employment, and employers are able to utilise talent and benefit from what diversity offers.

Our Founding

Stack was founded by Emily Banks in 2018 after studying at University in Sheffield. She realised that there was a huge need for intervention with the autism 'unemployment gap' and decided to channel her passion for social enterprise to help this.

How was the name 'Stack' developed?

Stack: verb - 'arrange (a number of things) in a pile, typically a neat one.'

The name 'Stack' was developed when Emily, Stack's Founder, said she wanted to help autistic adults build and develop sustainable careers.

She believes the word Stack represents a career well, as there are several components to creating a successful career and it takes time to get it right. However, by working on each part, it will all come together and be a success.

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