BASE has submitted evidence to the Cabinet Office consultation on a National Disability Strategy. The Disability Unit announced the development of a strategy last April and established regional stakeholder networks to support this.

We've had communication from the Department for Work and Pensions about the use of Access to Work within Supported Internships. Education providers have been able to claim Access to Work funding for job coaches supporting the employability of learners who are unable to be on placementt due to Covid-19. This funding was agreed to the end of January and theere has been uncertainty as to whether it will continue.

Ambitious about Autism is excited to be working with employers to bring paid work experience opportunities to young people aged 18+ years old with autism.

Their programme offers autistic people aged 18 years and older the chance to showcase their skills and attributes in the workplace and various opportunities are listed as they arise at the Ambitious about Autism website.

The Institute for Employment Studies (IES) has published a briefing note with analysis of the Labour Market Statistics published this month. The analysis mainly draws on Labour Force Survey data covering September to November 2020, supplemented by analysis of Pay As You Earn Real Time Information data, the ONS Vacancy Survey and administrative data from the benefits system on Universal Credit and Jobseeker’s Allowance.

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) is organising a free webinar aimed at leaders, SEND managers and SEND teams.  Although this offer is from the ETF's SEND programme, the theme would be relevant to anyone working with learners and staff during Covid 19.

The webinar takes place at 2pm to 4pm on 1 February and is titled "Motivating and engaging our SEND community during the pandemic". It will be delivered by the ETF's three National Centres for Excellence in SEND and it's an opportunity to hear about effective practice during lockdown and to have time for group discussion.

The Department for Education has published revised guidance for Further Education providers. The guidance sets out what further education and skills providers in England need to know so that students of all ages can benefit from their education and training in full. It explains the actions to take to stay as safe as possible in response to the challenges of coronavirus.


Mark Pickles (Business Programme Director, National Grid)


We would like to wish all our members and friends a safe and very happy Christmas. It's been a challenging year that we will long remember but we're looking forward to moving on to a brighter 2021.

The BASE office will be closed from Monday 21 December and will reopen on Monday 4 January. For urgent matters, you can contact us at


Ways into Work are seeking a Non-Executive Director to support the development of the Berkshire-based organisation and achieve long term sustainable growth. It would be an ideal position for someone who is passionate about making a difference to people’s lives and the work the business does to support individuals with a disability or disadvantage into work.

The London Borough of Hackney is inviting tenders from sufficiently experienced and qualified contractors to procure a programme of Special Educational Needs Supported Internship placements for young people in the borough.

A key objective of this contract will be for each intern to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to successfully enter the world of work, and will subsequently gain sustainable paid employment at the end of the programme. A framework agreement will be awarded to up to 2 contractor(s). The contract will be established for an initial duration of 24 months, with the option to extend for up to 24 further months in annual increments at the Council's discretion. The contract is anticipated to begin on 1st September 2021 after an initial implementation period.