The WoodMor Foundation has an opportunity for an adult with a learning disability and/or Autism or who recognises themselves as having learning needs to join them on a WoodMor employability initiative to climb Kilimanjaro.  

The chosen person will accompany Henrietta Still, an Employability Lead for Ambitious about Autism. The WoodMor team will mentor and support them over 9 months to get ready for ‘the long way round, 8 days Kilimanjaro”. 

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced that 15 Jobcentre Plus sites will be testing an autism framework, designed with the National Autistic Society (NAS), to transform the service available to jobseekers on the autism spectrum. The framework pilot will aim to help people with autism find, retain and progress in fulfilling jobs.

The Government has published a consultation on disability workforce reporting. The consultation is one of the commitments in the National Disability Strategy and will run until 25 March 2022.

The consultation seeks views on how employers with more than 250 employees might be encouraged to collect and report statistics about disability to make their workforces more inclusive. They want to build an evidence base to better understand:

DWP has p[ublished its 2021 Employment Provision Commissioning Strategy. The strategy sets out how the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will support the intention to see one million more disabled people in work by 2027.

PageGroup, a global recruitment specialist, has published a study which shines a light on the wide range of perceived barriers facing disabled individuals in the world of work. During a period of candidate shortages across multiple sectors, PageGroup polled 1,000 business leaders to understand the obstacles their business faces when looking to hire disabled candidates. 

The findings suggest the top five common barriers business leaders face are:

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We are delighted to announce that BASE has appointed Nerise Oldfield-Thompson as the new Operations Manager for Inclusive Trading CIC, the trading arm of BASE. Nerise starts her new role in the New Year.


The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) is running a webinar for further education providers on 9 December about the value of partnering with the third sector to achieve job outcomes for learners with SEND. The webinar features Pure Innovations who have expressed their willingness to work with any FE provider/employer delegate to explore implementing this approach post-conference.

The focus of this conference, delivered in partnership with colleagues from Pure Innovations, will be to demonstrate how effective collaboration with the third sector can:

BASE is joining a research project being led by the Scottish Centre for Employment Research (SCER). The project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and seeks to identify the challenges we need to address if we are to maximise the growth and potential of IPS and Supported Employment in the future.

The 2021 DWP Employment Category Supplier Survey is now live and can be accessed via

The survey covers; 

BASE is seeking to recruit a Chief Executive to continue our work following the announcement that our current Chief Executive, Huw Davies, is retiring in May 2022. We anticipate that the incoming Chief Executive will start on 1 April 2022 to allow for a planned handover. 

You will find details of the vacancy and how to apply at The closing date is 4 January with interviews taking place on 10-11 January.