July 2018

BASE welcomes the announcement on continued funding for individuals working within protected places in supported businesses. We welcome the increased certainty around funding so that these businesses can plan more sustainably for the future and continue to develop employment opportunities for people who have a disability. 

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey, has announced increased funding to support businesses that provide extra employment support for disabled people with the greatest barriers to work.

When the Work Choice employment programme ends in March 2019, ongoing support will be offered to individuals working in Supported Businesses through specially designed new elements of the government’s Access to Work scheme.

National Archives are seeking to recruit 8 trainees for participating archive sites. The Bridging the Digital Gap initiative is a Heritage Lottery funded training programme aimed at bringing technical people into the UK archives workforce. The 15-month placements start in October 2018 and offer a rewarding, practical alternative to the first year of university study.

The Government’s Work and Health Unit, a joint unit funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and Department of Health and Social Care, has launched the Challenge Fund, a new time-limited source of funding aimed at testing new or promising approaches to helping people experiencing mental health or musculoskeletal (MSK) issues to stay in work.  The Challenge Fund is run by Rocket Science on behalf of the government.

Enable have been successful at the Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards (England & Scotland) taking home the ‘Breaking Down Barriers Award’ for their Wolverhampton Disability Employment Service. The team had originally been nominated for the award by Tom Denham, Head of Provider Services; ASC at Wolverhampton City Council and they had managed to take the lead over 11 other nominees in order to win. Enable received the award for their ongoing efforts to break down barriers to employment for people with disabilities.

A Croydon Council officer who works to support people with disabilities into work has reached the final of the National Diversity Awards.

Nana Marfo, who works as an employment support officer in the Gateway division, has been named a finalist in the category of Positive Role Model Award – Disability out of over 24,550 nominations.

Two BASE members are among the winners of the Careers & Enterprise Company Annual Awards 2018. The Careers & Enterprise Company Annual Awards 2018 recognise and celebrate inspirational work being done by schools and colleges, employers, volunteers and careers professionals around England. A record number of over 200 nominations where submitted for this year's nine award categories, which were decided by panel of independent expert judges.

The Institute of Employability Professionals (IEP) is consulting about a new Level 4 Apprenticeship Trailblazer for the Employability sector which has been developed by the Employer Group (ETEG). The consultation is a requirement prior to submission to the Route Panel at the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA).