October 2020

Publisher: 
Charities
Topics: 
Mental health, Covid-19, Children
Year of Publication: 
2020
Type: 
Research

Young Minds has published an autumn survey about the experiences of young people with mental health needs. The September survey of 2,011 young people shows that many young people with mental health problems are struggling to cope as they return to secondary school, after months of living through the COVID-19 crisis.

The pandemic has put a huge strain on many young people who were already struggling with their mental health, because of traumatic experiences, social isolation, a loss of routine and a breakdown in formal and informal support. The survey highlighted positives for mental health in the initial return to school, such as seeing friends, having a routine, and seeing their teachers. However, many said that the rapid return to academic pressure, after six months away, was having a negative impact.

Publisher: 
Charities
Topics: 
Recruitment, Job retention, Covid-19
Year of Publication: 
2020
Type: 
Research

Leonard Cheshire has published an excellent report based on the findings from a survey of disabled workers and employers. The survey found that in the UK, 71% of disabled people who were employed in March 2020 have found that their work has been impacted by the pandemic. In Scotland this increases to 82%, in Wales 69% and in Northern Ireland 58%. The Locked Out of the Labour Market report produces a number of recommendations for Government and BASE fully supports them. The recommendations link well with the proposals in the Access to Jobs campaign.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Recruitment
Year of Publication: 
2020
Type: 
Report

The Resolution Foundation has published a report evaluating the effects of the current economic crisis on the UK labour market. 

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Disability employment gap, Commissioning, Strategy
Year of Publication: 
2020
Type: 
Report

This report from New Local, formerly the New Local Government Network, argues that the current employment support system, managed by the DWP, can often do more harm than good, leaving people distressed and fearful, and only helping to lift 4% of the group into work every year.

The report argues for greater collaboration between local government, public services, the third sector, businesses and communities with employment support being locally commissioned and embedded.

Millions of people find it difficult, or even impossible, to work due to the impact of disabilities and long-term health conditions. This is often part of a complex picture of wider social disadvantages, which can include issues such as poverty, loneliness and isolation, problems with housing, drug and alcohol addiction, and contact with the criminal justice system.

This has been compounded by record levels of unemployment in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. People who have been out of work for a long time due to this kind of complex disadvantage face not only their existing barriers to employment, but are also now at the back of a queue of millions of people who will find it easier to move into a job.

The report argues that even during periods of low unemployment, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has a poor record of supporting this group into work – only around 4% of those on associated benefits move into employment each year. The system DWP oversees has also often made people’s lives more difficult, exacerbating the stress and anxiety many already live with. Without major reform, the financial costs and human impact will continue to mount. It’s time to radically rethink support for this group.

Publisher: 
Charities
Topics: 
Sensory impairment, Career development, Transition
Year of Publication: 
2020
Type: 
Research

Research from Thomas Pocklington Trust and Vision Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research has revealed inconsistent support and poorly defined careers provision at school, college and local authority level across the country - suggesting a postcode lottery for young people with vision impairment (VI).

The research looked at young people's experiences of Careers Education Information, Advice & Guidance (CEIAG) support in mainstream education in England since the national Connexions Service ended and the duty to provide careers education passed from Local Authorities to individual schools and FE colleges.

Publisher: 
Commissions & Regulatory Organisations
Topics: 
Strategy
Year of Publication: 
2020
Type: 
Report

This report examines the role of HM Treasury and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in implementing the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). The report considers how well the schemes were implemented, recognising the need to deliver at speed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report looks at the implementation of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). This report considers whether the Departments have:

Publisher: 
Other organisations
Topics: 
Self employment
Year of Publication: 
2020
Type: 
Guidance

More and more people with learning difficulties are discovering that self-employment and small business ownership can provide fulfilling and sustainable employment opportunities.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Work Choice
Year of Publication: 
2020
Type: 
Research

DWP has published final statistics for the Work Choice programmne which finished delivery in October 2019.

You can read the statistics at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/work-choice-referrals-starts-and-job-outcomes-to-october-2019

 

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Access To Work, Supported Internships
Year of Publication: 
2020
Type: 
Guidance

Young people on or about to start the work experience placement of a supported internship, or traineeship with a disability or health condition, can apply to the Department for Work and Pensions' Access to Work fund. Young people can apply for: * funding of travel (providing assistance for additional travel costs to and from their work experience placement because of their disability); * the costs of support workers, including job coaches; and * specialist equipment for days that a young person is at the employer's premises.

Publisher: 
Other organisations
Topics: 
Education & training, Understanding needs
Year of Publication: 
2020
Type: 
Framework

Skills Builder is a free resource used in schools, colleges, and workplaces to assess and chart progress on developing the soft skills needed in the workplace. The framework covers the following soft skills:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Staying positive
  • Aiming high
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork

 

The framework is now used with 700 organisations. An overview is attached to this page.

Extra support and activities are available at a cost.

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