Aspiring, Dedicated, Employable - Change100

04 April 2016

Change100 is a programme of paid summer work placements and mentoring opportunities for disabled students and recent graduates and is part of a national initiative to help kick start the careers of talented university students and graduates with disabilities. Prospective employers are currently being sought to offer paid summer placements of approximately 100 days to participants.

One in six people in the UK have a disability. If your organisation doesn’t understand or make the most of disabled jobseekers and employees, how can you be sure you’re accessing the best talent? equally, if the estimated spending power of disabled people in the UK is £80 billion, can your organisation afford not to have access to the insight that comes with having disabled people embedded in your workforce? Change100 students have already made their mark with 26 leading employers, including the BBC,BBSRC, Barclays, Bevan Brittan, Centrica, the Department ofHealth, the Department for International Development, Experian, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Interserve, Lloyds Banking Group, SABMiller, Swiss Re, Taylor Wimpey, Thomson Reuters and Wall to Wall. Whatever the size or sector of your organisation, or the opportunities that you have available, we invite you to experience Change100’s benefits.


Access to untapped talent Reaching a pool of high-calibre candidates that you might not reach via traditional selection and recruitment. Becoming more confident about disability With 83% of disabled people acquiring their disability during their working life, there are real benefits to your organisation being confident in employing and engaging with disabled candidates. A better organisation. A diverse organisation reflects the community in which you are based and the people that you work with.

"There was a degree of nervousness as to how it would benefit us commercially as an organisation as well as be a positive development experiencefor the students who joined us.
We have been delighted with the quality of candidates attracted and the value that they have brought to the organisation. We think that the programmeis a great success and look forward to a long relationship with Change100."

Ollie Roberts Director: HR, Group Corporate Offices and Global Functions, SABMiller plc

"Lloyds Banking Group strives continuously to embrace a more diverse and inclusive culture. Having two candidates with us over the summer was very rewarding and I am delighted to say both were offered roles on our Lloyds Banking Group Graduate Programme when they complete their studies. Leonard Cheshire Disability helped us understand the individual needs of the students and acted as avital contact between them and the Group."

Anthony Williams Head of Consumer Services and Entrepreneurs, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking

Participants are salary for the duration of the placement at living wage or higher, and a £3,750+VAT fee

More information about the scheme can be found at HERE

If you would like to be a ‘disability confident’ organisation, contact us to arrange a meeting at or call Chris Surr on 020 3242 0419.

Leonard Cheshire is a registered charity no: 218186 (England & Wales) and no: SC005117 (Scotland), and a company limited by guarantee