January 2021

We've had communication from the Department for Work and Pensions about the use of Access to Work within Supported Internships. Education providers have been able to claim Access to Work funding for job coaches supporting the employability of learners who are unable to be on placementt due to Covid-19. This funding was agreed to the end of January and theere has been uncertainty as to whether it will continue.

Ambitious about Autism is excited to be working with employers to bring paid work experience opportunities to young people aged 18+ years old with autism.

The Institute for Employment Studies (IES) has published a briefing note with analysis of the Labour Market Statistics published this month. The analysis mainly draws on Labour Force Survey data covering September to November 2020, supplemented by analysis of Pay As You Earn Real Time Information data, the ONS Vacancy Survey and administrative data from the benefits system on Universal Credit and Jobseeker’s Allowance.

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) is organising a free webinar aimed at leaders, SEND managers and SEND teams.  Although this offer is from the ETF's SEND programme, the theme would be relevant to anyone working with learners and staff during Covid 19.

The webinar takes place at 2pm to 4pm on 1 February and is titled "Motivating and engaging our SEND community during the pandemic". It will be delivered by the ETF's three National Centres for Excellence in SEND and it's an opportunity to hear about effective practice during lockdown and to have time for group discussion.

The Department for Education has published revised guidance for Further Education providers. The guidance sets out what further education and skills providers in England need to know so that students of all ages can benefit from their education and training in full. It explains the actions to take to stay as safe as possible in response to the challenges of coronavirus.

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Mark Pickles (Business Programme Director, National Grid)