BASE Awards 2023

BASE Awards 2023

The BASE awards are an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful work that takes place across our Supported Employment community.

This year, we’ve introduced some new awards, to try and ensure that the whole of our Supported Employment community can participate. 

Whether you work in education, represent a large employer, part of a small team or you’re a supported employment leader BASE wants to be able to recognise your achievements within the inclusive recruitment sector. 

Each category will highlight the best practice taking place across Britain utilising the supported employment model to change and enrich the lives of disabled, neurodivergent and disadvantaged people through good employment.

Award Categories

Large Employer (over 1000 employees)

This is an opportunity to recognise a large employer who has shown Disability Confidence leadership in action.  To qualify for this award, the Employer must have embedded disability inclusion into their policies, recruitment processes and training.

Winners will be entitled to three complementary places at the 2023 Conference Dinner & Awards Ceremony followed by a live band.

Nominate a large employer (1000+ employees)

 

Small/Micro Employer (less than 1000 employees)- NEW AWARD FOR 2023 

This is an opportunity to celebrate those smaller employers, who are making a difference one person at a time, within their local communities. This category recognises employers with less than 1000 employees, who have embraced disability inclusion and embedded it into local recruitment.

Winners will be entitled to one complementary place at the 2023 Conference Dinner & Awards Ceremony followed by a live band

Nominate a small/micro employer 

Supported Employment Leader of the Year- NEW AWARD FOR 2023

This is an opportunity to celebrate the leadership of an individual who has supported a team to embed best practice, innovation and/or clear leadership through a challenging time.

This award recognises the ability of an individual to create a supportive workplace culture, rather than the position someone holds within an organisation. 

Winners will be entitled to one complementary place at the 2023 Conference Dinner & Awards Ceremony followed by a live band

Nominate a supported employment leader 

Practitioner of the Year

This is an opportunity to celebrate an individual who works within a Supported Employment team and has gone above and beyond in promoting inclusive recruitment both locally and nationally.

The award will celebrate an individual who demonstrates partnership working and innovative practice and has achieved high numbers of well-matched employment outcomes for disabled people.

The winner will be entitled to one complimentary conference delegate place and free accommodation for one person 

Nominate a practitioner

Large Supported Employment Team of the Year 

This is an opportunity to celebrate the collective success of a large team of 30 plus people working in supported employment, who have achieved high numbers of good quality employment outcomes for disabled, neurodivergent or disadvantaged people.

As part of the nomination, you will need to demonstrate the role that all team members have played in the achievement and the subsequent impact resulting from the team effort.

The winner will be entitled to one complimentary conference delegate place, to include the awards winner and free accommodation for one person. 

Nominate a large supported employment team

Small, supported employment/social enterprise team of the Year NEW AWARD FOR 2023

This is an opportunity to celebrate a small but highly effective team, who on limited resources have high ambition in promoting inclusive recruitment within their community.

You will need to demonstrate how the team is utilising limited resources for the greatest impact and the partnerships developed to drive this ambition.

The winner will be entitled to one complimentary conference delegate place, to include the awards winner and free accommodation for one person. 

Nominate a small,supported employment / social enterprise team

Innovation of the Year

This is an opportunity to celebrate the huge innovation that happens across the Supported Employment sector. From tech programmes to co-produced resources, this is a chance to show, how through innovation, you are driving up engagement within the Supported Employment work.

The winner will be entitled to one complimentary conference delegate place, free 1 hour consultation session with associate to further develop their innovation and will be invited to deliver a workshop at our 2024 Conference  

Nominate for the Innovation Award

Learner of the Year

This award is sponsored by Inclusive Trading CIC and the celebrates the individual who has taken the learning across of all the Supported Employment courses and put it into action within their service.

The learner of the year is nominated by the Inclusive Trading CIC associates, who need to demonstrate how the learner has applied their knowledge into action.  

The winner in this category will be entitled to one complimentary conference delegate place, free accommodation for one person and free 1 hour mentoring session with an associate

Social Value of the Year NEW AWARD 2023 

This is an opportunity for organisations to demonstrate how they have embedded social value at the heart of a contract.

This could be a business that has used the Public Social Value act to drive genuine inclusive recruitment or a provider that embedded social value into a contract to drive employment outcomes.

Make a nomination for a social value organisation

David Grainger Award

This award is presented to a disabled person who inspires other people to have high aspirations in employment, who has changed perceptions around what disabled people can achieve or progressed in their chosen career. This award looks to celebrate the achievements that disabled people make in breaking down the barriers for other disabled people entering the labour market. The nominee needs to have a been in a paid role for a minimum of six months and an advocate of good careers for others.

The winner will be entitled to two complementary places at the 2023 Conference Dinner & Awards Ceremony followed by a live band, free accommodation for up to two people and a £250 Amazon Gift Voucher.

Nominate an individual for the David Grainger Award

Who can nominate?

Disabled people, parents and carers, employers, supported employment agencies, advocates, colleagues, managers or delivery partners can all make nominations for the awards.

The closing date for nominations is 31st August 2023, further information on how to to nominate is included in our Awards Nomination pack