LIFE – Lambeth Inclusive Future Employment

The LIFE project is an 18 month collaboration (April 2018-October 2019) between Lambeth council, Mencap and Capita focused on diversifying recruitment in the council, specifically for Lambeth residents who are neurodiverse and aged 16-25.

In delivery

It has two aims:

1) Jobs: To model a sustainable inclusive employment strategy that enables the creation of 10 paid roles within the council for neurodiverse Lambeth residents

2) Culture change: Supporting the council’s broader goal of becoming a Disability Confident Leader by 2020 by embedding best practice in respect of the council’s recruitment and employment policy.

What we are aiming to achieve by the end of October 2019:

  • 10 paid roles through two routes including recruitment into existing posts in the council and paid employment (6 month part-time contract) following successful traineeship period.
  • 10 Learning Disability Awareness sessions (delivered to hiring teams)

A traineeship is felt to be the most suitable route into employment for the LIFE project because of its training period (lasting 6-12 weeks). This effectively acts as a work trial or probationary period and both the hiring manager and candidate benefit from this.

Our project manager for the project has in important role, they:

  • support the creation of roles within the council

  • support the recruitment process e.g., publicising roles to local networks, key Lambeth staff, Mencap etc

  • promote the project alongside the council’s Equality and Diversity agenda

  • conduct initial meetings with candidates and signposts accordingly

  • maintain regular contact with Mencap colleagues; all support for candidates including pre-employment learning and in-work support (aka job coaching) is delivered by Mencap. Their services are also for managers


Lambeth Council: Civic Centre, 6 Brixton Hill, London, SW2 1EG

Get in touch

For more information
David Curtis