The North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT) is launching a new network of Manchester employers on Tuesday 26 March. The ManchesterAbility network is designed to promote ideas, share best practice and develop an active forum where disability issues can be discussed openly and honestly and where solutions can be found to common problems. The launch is taking place at KPMG in Manchester from 10am – 2pm and will include lunch.

The Office for Disability Issues is seeking applications for Chairs and Members in nine regional groups across England. 

Preparing for Adulthood (PfA) has conducted a survey of Supported Internship provision and outcomes. 

PfA heard from 72 regional organisations leading to the following key findings:

Working Links announced it had gone into administration on Friday. The privately owned company was acquired by Aurelius in 2016 and delivers services across the employability, learning and skills and justice sectors. Working Links delivered a variety of employment programmes funded through the Scottish Government and ESF but failed to gain a contract to deliver the Work & Health Programme.

The Department of Health and Social Care has published its plans for mandatory learning disability and autism training for all relevant health and care staff in England. 

CHANNEL 4 have just opened up a work experience opportunity that will take part on the 15th & 16th April at their London office for those 16years+ looking to find out more about the different types of jobs in TV. 


NHS England are hosting three workshops to support the expansion of Individual Placement and Support (IPS) as part of the Five Year Forward View and NHS Long Term Plan. The workshops aim to:

DWP has announced that, from 1 April 2019, people will now be able to claim up to £59,200 annually to help pay for additional support that they may need in the workplace through the government’s Access to Work scheme. This can include workplace adaptations, assistive technology, transport and interpreters.

It comes after the government increased the cap by almost a third last year. Now, even more people will be able to benefit, especially those from the deaf community who can get BSL interpreters through the scheme.

BASE member, The Castle School, welcomed OFSTED recently for a one day inspection with the outcome being that they remain Outstanding. The Castle School in Newbury was awarded the Team of the Year Award by BASE in 2017.

One of the key lines of enquiry was how the curriculum supported students appropriately to prepare them for adulthood which included an employment focus. 

In the report, OFSTED wrote:

Lincolnshire County Council wishes to commission a Supported Employment service that will help people with a learning disability and autism that are known to Adult Care and Community Wellbeing Services to experience work and retain paid employment. This service will be known as the Specialist Tailored Employment Partnership.