Access to Jobs campaign - we need your help

BASE has joined with a coalition of organisations to press the case for better jobs support for young people who have a disability. The recent Plan for Jobs announcements have included employer incentives for taking on apprentices and traineeships but there is no comparable incentive for Supported Internship participants. We're asking for easier access and good quality support for young people on Kickstart, more Disability Employment Advisors and parity for Supported Internships.

Please read our attached briefing, let others know about it and write to your MP. The coalition, led by National Deaf Childrens Society, has created some template letters that you can personalise before they are automatically sent on to Vicky Ford (Minister for Children and Families at the Department for Education) and Theresa Coffey (Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions). A copy of each letter will also be sent to your MP.

Please read our ask of DWP and DfE and then add your voice to the campaign.

 

 

 

 

 

For the Department for Work and Pensions: 

1. Publish an Equality Impact Assessment of the Kickstart scheme and ensure that the initial evaluation of the scheme considers the experiences of disabled participants. 

2. Work with our coalition to produce a framework that sets out the targeted support disabled young people accessing the Kickstart scheme should have from Gateway organisations. 

3. Work with DfE to enable employers currently providing supported internships to offer Kickstart placements to their interns. 

4. Promote the Disability Confident scheme and supported internships to employers who are providing Kickstart placements. 

5. The Kickstart scheme is made open to a wider group than just those claiming Universal Credit (e.g. those with Education, Health and Care plans and on Employment Support Allowance). 

6. Doubling the number of Disability Employment Advisors in line with the doubling of work coaches to ensure sufficient capacity to provide effective support. 

7. Ensure that disabled young people on Kickstart placements who require support or technology funded through Access to Work have their support packages agreed by the time their placement starts. 

8. Ensuring that online job-finding support services are accessible and relevant to disabled job-seekers through consulting with organisations representing disabled young people. Our coalition would be happy to support. 

 

For the Department for Education: 

1. Provide £2,000 incentive payments to employers that offer supported internships in order to provide parity with apprenticeships. 

2. Work with the DWP to enable supported internship employers to offer Kickstart placements to young people completing their supported internships. 

3. New careers advisors within the National Careers Service to receive disability awareness training to enable them to provide improved support for disabled people.