BASE award winners announced

BASE held it's annual awards presentations at our conference in Milton Keynes on 27-28 November. The winners were announced in front of a packed hall at the conference dinner. Our annual awards are an opportunity to recognise the excellent practice that goes on around the country and Kent Supported Employment, part of The Education People, were the winners of both the Team of the Year and the Practitioner of the Year awards. 

Mitch Mitcham picked up the Practitioner of the Year Award for his 25 years work with Kent Supported Employment. The judges were particularly impressed by the range of work that he undertakes and the partnerships that he has developed.

Kent Supported Employment were worthy winners of the 2018 Team of the Year award. They have achieved excellent outcomes for their clients, built a wide range of partnerships, and routinely innovate to develop their services. The service achieved an incredible 98% rating in demonstrating fidelity to the Supported Employment model. Our thanks go to Working LInks for sponsoring the team award.

There were high emotions as Jeremy Grew, Luke Newton and Chief Constable Kier Pritchard accepted the award for best employer practice on behalf of Wiltshire Police (pictured). 

Croydon Gateway Employment Support were awarded the Innovation Award and David Almarza Diaz collected the Learner Award for applying learning from the Level 3 Certificate course.

There were more emotional scenes as Simon Bould was announced as the winner of the David Grainger Award for his massive contribution to the work of Vision Products, part of Rhondda Cynon Taff Council.

Full details of the winners are available to read at