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: 2021
Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Disability, Supported Internships, Strategy, Supported employment
Year of Publication: 
2021
Type: 
Report

This year (2021) will mark 26 years since the Disability Discrimination Act and 11 years since the Equality Act passed into law. Despite this legislative change, progress towards greater equality between disabled and non-disabled people has been erratic and, in some areas, non-existent.

The Conservative Party made a manifesto commitment in the 2019 General Election to develop a disability strategy which, in the words of the Prime Minister, needs to be the “most ambitious and transformative endeavour for disabled people in a generation.”

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: 
Charities
Topics: 
Supported Internships, Best practice
Year of Publication: 
2020
Type: 
Report

Project Search has published data about participation and outcomes covering the last 3 years. The dataset shows 515 learners enrolled in 2018-19 with a 93% completion rate. 64% of learners secured paid employment.

The data shows an average wage of £8.71 compared to the National Minimum Wage of £7.70 for people under 25-years. Participation is broken down by age, ethnicity, disability and region. Outcomes are reported by business sector.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Supported Internships
Year of Publication: 
2020
Type: 
Research

This research aimed to explore: 

  • The models and approaches to delivery of supported internships available for young people with EHCPs in England. 
  • The factors perceived to be associated with success for supported internships. 
  • Perceived barriers to the success of supported internships, and how these may be overcome. 
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: 
Supported Internships, Transition
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Guidance

The Department for Education (DfE) have today released an updated guidance document for Supported Internships.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Transition, Traineeships, Apprenticeships, Supported Internships
Year of Publication: 
2017

The Department for Education has issued revised guidance about study programmes. This guide sets out the government’s policy on 16 to 19 study programmes. It covers academic, technical and vocational study programmes, including traineeships and supported internships.

It applies to all providers of 16 to 19 education in England, including:

  • schools
  • further education (FE) colleges
  • sixth-form colleges
  • work-based learning providers
  • training providers

 

Main points 

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Transition, Supported Internships, Work experience
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Research

This report is about the current provision and operational practice of work experience and work-related activities at schools and colleges in England.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Autism, Supported Internships
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Research

When given the right supports and training, a new study from USA suggests that nearly all young people with autism who qualify for supported employment can learn to excel on the job.

9 out of 10 transition-age youths with autism who participated in an intensive job training program were working part-time earning at least minimum wage three months after graduating high school. What’s more, 87% were still working after 12 months.

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