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.
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