Knowledge Base

The knowledge base is a free source of information both for supported employment and for disability / employment support generally. In addition to contributions from BASE and its member organisations, the knowledge base also acts as an archive for initiatives such as Valuing People Now.

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Format: 2020
Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Disability employment gap
Year of Publication: 
2019
Type: 
Research

This report from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) looks at the use of employment quotas in improving employment outcomes for disabled people.

Publisher: 
Commissions & Regulatory Organisations
Topics: 
Health & Wellbeing, Sickness absence
Year of Publication: 
2020
Type: 
Report

This report from the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, Good Work for Good Health, demonstrates how the occupational therapy workforce can be capitalised upon to reduce the disability employment gap.

Publisher: 
Charities
Topics: 
Supported employment
Year of Publication: 
2019
Type: 
Report

UnLtd report suggests how social entrepreneurs can be harnessed to achieve improved employment rates for people with a disability. 

Topics: 
Supply chain contracting, Procurement
Year of Publication: 
2019
Type: 
Guidance

The Employment & Health Related Services Umbrella Agreement (EHRSUA) is a framework-style agreement for the provision of employment and health related services. The objective of the agreement is to provide employment and health related support services helping people who are unemployed, disabled, have a health condition or barrier to work to select, train for, obtain and retain employment. Only providers accepted onto the umbrella framework are permitted to bid for high value DWP contracts.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Disability
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Report

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Disability has published its report on employment. The report, Ahead of the Arc, offers proposals to help halve the disability employment gap. The Inquiry was launched amid concerns that too much attention was being paid to reducing the benefits bill and not enough attention to helping disabled people participate in the labour market.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Equality & Diversity
Year of Publication: 
2019
Type: 
Report

The TUC has published a report looking at the disability pay gap. The current disability pay gap for all employees stands at 15.5%. This pay gap means that disabled people effectively work for free for the last 57 days (or 8 weeks) of the year and stop getting paid today. 

The analysis also found that disabled workers earn on average £1.65 per hour less than non-disabled workers, which is a gap of around £3,000 per year based on a 35-hour week.

Publisher: 
Commissions & Regulatory Organisations
Topics: 
Education & training, Apprenticeships
Year of Publication: 
2019
Type: 
Framework

Ofqual has reformed the framework of Functional Skills qualifications (FSQs) in English and maths that are offered by a number of different awarding organisations.

At levels 1 and 2 these qualifications are used in apprenticeships and they will also be used in the new T Levels. All levels are taken by a range of adult learners and some 16 to 18-year-olds.

Publisher: 
Charities
Topics: 
Access To Work
Year of Publication: 
2019
Type: 
Guidance

This new guide to Access to Work from the Arts Council and Disability Arts Online has been made available in various accessible formats including easy read and audio-only. It clarifies the Access to Work process and provides specific advice for the arts and cultural sector. Each section of the guide also offers a video version of the information, which includes British Sign Language and optional captions.

Publisher: 
Charities
Topics: 
Inspection
Year of Publication: 
2019
Type: 
Report

Jersey Employment Trust has undertaken a full service review, carried out by Dr Mark Kilsby, Julie Allan and Dr Steve Beyer. The review found outstanding practice across both the employment team and the training and development team.

The team now supports 270 people in paid jobs, many of them seasonal, working an average of 24 hours/week. The team has become a preferred supplier of staffing for many local employers.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Disability, Employers
Year of Publication: 
2019
Type: 
Guidance

This guide, published by De Montfort University, is based on research examining the experiences of people with sickle cell disorder (SCD) in work and employment in England. There are duties on employers under the 1996 Employment Rights Act to provide a contract and not to dismiss employees unfairly.

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