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: 2018
Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Supported Internships
Year of Publication: 
2018
Type: 
Guidance

In November 2017, the Government announced £9.7m for local authorities to increase the number of supported internships and other pathways to employment for young people with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities), by establishing local supported internship forums and training additional job coaches. 

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Transition, Supported Internships
Year of Publication: 
2018
Type: 
Guidance

This guide, produced by Preparing for Adulthood, provides information about options for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to help them move into paid employment. 

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Work and Health Programme
Year of Publication: 
2018
Type: 
Guidance

The Work and Health Programme is an employment support programme which was launched in North West England and Wales in November 2017. The programme will roll out across the rest of England during early 2018. It will provide specialised employment support for people with disabilities and long-term unemployed people.

The Programme provides support to help people find and keep a job. It is available, on a voluntary basis, to those with health conditions or disabilities, and to various groups of vulnerable people.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Strategy
Year of Publication: 
2018
Type: 
Guidance

This House of Commons Library briefing summarises the key statistics available on disabled people in employment in the UK.

Headline Figures

There were 3.5 million people of working age (16-64) with disabilities in employment between April and June 2017, an employment rate of 49.2%. The employment rate for people without disabilities was 80.6%.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Employer Engagement
Year of Publication: 
2018
Type: 
Guidance

The Disability Confident scheme was introduced in July 2013 under the Coalition Government. As of 16 November 2017 there were 5,359 employers signed up to the scheme.

The Disability Confident scheme aims to get more disabled people into employment, and reduce the employment gap between disabled and non-disabled people. In April-June 2017, the employment rate for people with disabilities was 49.2%. This compared to an employment rate of 80.6% for people without disabilities.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Career development
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Framework

The Government has published Careers Strategy: Making the Most of Everyone's Skills and Talents, the new commitment to careers support across England.

The document contains 4 themes:

Publisher: 
BASE
Topics: 
Quality standards
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Framework

The Supported Employment Quality Framework (SEQF) was produced through an ERASMUS project involving BASE and a number of transnational partners:

Publisher: 
Charities
Topics: 
Recruitment
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Guidance

This Scope publication explores the opportunities and barriers working disabled people come across in having conversations about disability at work. It demonstrates that gaps between policies and practice are preventing businesses from supporting their disabled staff to thrive at work. Finally, it sets out practical ideas businesses can put in place to drive the organisational changes needed. 

The document sets out some guidelines for employers in creating opportunities for jobseekers who have a disability and managing the recruitment process.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Traineeships
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Research

The Department for Education has published a research report that evaluates the Traineeships programme.

The evaluation explored the views and experiences of:

  •   Year Two Survey of Trainees: 2,153 trainees who commenced a traineeship programme between August 2014 and July 2015.

  •   Trainee’s Follow Up Survey: 416 trainees who were interviewed as part of the Year One evaluation programme and then interviewed again between 18-30 months after the traineeship (December 2015 and January 2016).

Publisher: 
Charities
Topics: 
Transition
Year of Publication: 
2014
Type: 
Best practice, Guidance

Every secondary school in the country has been given access to a free tool to measure the effectiveness of their careers education and guidance against a series of nationally recognised benchmarks to give young people the best start in the world of work.

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