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: 2019
Publisher: 
Charities
Topics: 
Mental health
Year of Publication: 
2018
Type: 
Framework

This toolkit has been put together by Mental Health Europe to guide members, employers, human resource personnel, employment support services, and any other interested stakeholder who wishes to know more about what a human rights-based approach to work and employment looks like for people with psychosocial disabilities.

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

This guide aims to raise awareness among employers of neurodiversity in the workplace and to inspire more employers to take action to create more inclusive workplaces where neurodivergent individuals can thrive.

This guide is for HR professionals and leaders across functions who want to learn more about neurodiversity, the benefits for their organisation, and how they can support neurodivergent people to be comfortable and successful at work.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Self employment
Year of Publication: 
2018
Type: 
Research

Self-employment in the UK in the last 15 years has increased as a share of employment following a period of stable or falling self-employment. Since 2008, self-employment has accounted for almost a third of total employment growth. However, while self-employment in the UK, at 15%, is close to the European average, self-employment in many other countries has continued to decline.

This CIPD report, Megatrends: More selfies? A picture of self-employment in the UK, explores the potential reasons and the implications for the economy and the self-employed. 

Publisher: 
Charities
Topics: 
Disability
Year of Publication: 
2018
Type: 
Guidance

CALL Scotland has produced a set of posters and leaflets giving links to a wide range of communication apps.

A poster describing iPad apps for complex comunication support needs is attached below. The poster is interactive and each app can be clicked on for further information.

http://www.callscotland.org.uk/downloads/posters-and-leaflets/

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:

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