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: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Commissioning, Supported Internships
Year of Publication: 
2014
Type: 
Guidance

This document was published by the Department for Education in June 2014 and supercedes the earlier guidance issued in October 2013. It offers guidance to colleges, supported employment providers and employers on organising supported internships. This advice is non-statutory, and has been produced to help recipients develop and offer supported internships. This advice is for: * further education colleges * sixth forms in academies, maintained and non-maintained schools * independent specialist providers * local authorities * other providers of study programmes

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Year of Publication: 
2014
Type: 
Guidance

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, Challenging Behaviour Foundation, and National Valuing Families Forum have produced a resource guide for families about employment for young people with a learning disability. The guide is available to download at http://www.learningdisabilities.org.uk/content/assets/pdf/publications/g...

Publisher: 
Other organisations
Topics: 
Apprenticeships
Year of Publication: 
2014
Type: 
Guidance

Disability Rights UK has published a new guide for disabled people, parents and key advisers about applying for apprenticeships in England. Into Apprenticeships deals with common questions such as how to find an apprenticeship, whether the training will be accessible and what support is available in the workplace. There are several inspiring stories written by disabled apprentices about their own experiences and the challenges they have faced. The guide also contains a useful resources section listing further websites, publications and organisations which can help.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Supported Internships
Year of Publication: 
2014
Type: 
Easy read

The Department for Education published this easy-read guidance about Supported Internships for learners in April 2014.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Commissioning, Supported employment
Year of Publication: 
2014
Type: 
Research

This NDTi report looks at the effectiveness of commissioning of supported employment services. It finds significant variability in the cost of employment support services and costs per job outcome achieved that cannot be explained by factors such as complexity of people’s disability or size of service. The study therefore concludes that variable cost and outcomes is primarily explained by one or both of the service model being used and the strategic organisational actions taken.

Publisher: 
BASE
Topics: 
Supported employment
Type: 
Best practice

Anton, has a passion for personal fitness but also has Ataxia which has meant he has had to use a wheelchair on a permanent base since age 14. He had settled for a future career in admin because he thought it was the only sort of work he'd be able to do. Luckily, he met with a Team Leader from EmployAbility who helped him to explore his personal enthusiasm for fitness , which extended beyond lifting weights to an in-depth knowledge of physical anatomy and the body's response to exercise.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Traineeships
Year of Publication: 
2014
Type: 
Guidance

A Traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for. At its core are work preparation training, English and maths for those who need it, and a high quality work experience placement. Traineeships are very flexible, and by working closely with a training organisation a programme can be designed which suits the needs of employer and trainee. Traineeships can last from six weeks up to six months and will include:

Publisher: 
Central Government, Valuing People Now
Topics: 
Learning disabilities, Personal budgets, Supported employment
Year of Publication: 
2011
Type: 
Report

This is the interim report into the Jobs First initiative; a pilot where seven sites tested the purchasing of specialist employment support using personal budgets.

Publisher: 
Scottish Government
Topics: 
Access To Work, Procurement
Year of Publication: 
2014
Type: 
Guidance

The Scottish supported business directory was launched in January 2014 and lists the services and products that can be procured from the 20 supported businesses in Scotland.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Mental health, Access To Work, Equality & Diversity, Work Choice, Work Programme, Health & Wellbeing, Supported employment, Individual Placement & Support (IPS)
Year of Publication: 
2014
Type: 
Report

The document Closing the Gap: Priorities for Essential Change in Mental Health outlines 25 areas for health and care services to take action which will make a difference to the lives of people with mental health conditions. These changes will mean that the system is fairer for people with mental health problems. The document aims to encourage the NHS to take mental health as seriously and treat it as importantly as physical health.

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