October 2019

The Education Committee has published its report on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. It doesn't pull any punches and makes a series of recommendations.

DWP has advertised details of a market engagement event on 30 October. This early engagement event means that a procurement idea is currently active and DWP is in the early stage of development and judging interest from potential suppliers. Though the event is advertised through the Employability and Health Related Services Umbrella Agreement, DWP have stressed that the opportunity is open to SMEs and the voluntary sector.

Statistical information has been published for the 2018-19 employment rates in England for people with a learning disability and for people using secondary mental health services. They show a mixed picture. Employment rates for people with a learning disability have been on a downward trend year on year [Indicator 1E] and now stand at 5.9%.

Mencap has launched Learning Disability Work Week 2019 and is looking for support from providers.

The Work Week takes place on 18-22 November 2019 and is an opportunity to celebrate the successes of people with a learning disability that have found paid employment and to address some of the barriers and obstacles that stop others from finding work.

There are a number of ways you can take part: 

A new service to help provide meaningful employment opportunities for people with a disability is set to be launched in Devon. The Disability Employment Hub is a collaboration between the Devon County Council, Learn Devon and Jobcentre Plus.

DWP is inviting providers to take part in a supplier survey about the Welfare to Employment Market. We urge members to complete the survey as we frequently hear complaints about how DWP procures services.

The Open University's new report,  'Access to Apprenticeships', has found that, while two thirds of employers consider hiring candidates with disabilities for entry-level roles is an important priority for them, many feel 'unequipped' to do so - with financial barriers and lack of training meaning they aren't able to offer the correct provisions for disabled workers.