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In association with the Bloomfield Trust, the Employment and Enterprise team at National Autistic Society (NAS) has launched a new employment programme, Autism at Work. The programme supports employers to promote job opportunities to autistic job seekers. It then supports applicants through the recruitment process and successful candidates to prepare for and succeed in their role. 

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.

BASE member Ambitious About Autism has announced a pioneering partnership with Santander Universities UK and 17 high profile higher education institutions. Employers can join the programme for free to access autistic talent, training and support as well as salary costs fully funded by Santander Universities UK. 

Professionals can also register their autistic clients who have attended one of the partner universities. To find out eligibility for this unique and ground-breaking programme for autistic students and graduates, register your interest.

You can also follow them on social media via the following hashtags #SantanderUniEmployAutism #EmployAutism

BASE members are invited to join the 2020 BASE AGM. Registration is via Eventbrite and our accounts and annual reports will be available to view at www.base-uk.org/official-documents.

This meeting is open only to staff employed by BASE member organisations. Registrations will only be accepted if the booking is made using a work email address.

The NHS England and NHS Improvement Learning Disability and Autism Engagement Team work to help people with a learning disability and their families, carers and supporters to have their say in work happening at NHS England and NHS Improvement.

They are looking for a new person with a learning disability to join their team as a Learning Disability and Autism Network Manager. An easy-read application form and job description are attached below. The closing date is 28 October and full details are available at https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/application/learning-disability-autism-network-manager-role

The Department for Education has published apprenticeship statistics covering the full 2019-20 academic year (August 2019 to July 2020). They show a 46% decline in apprenticeship starts - 58,160 compared to 107,750 in 2018-19. This is unsurprising given the Covid-19 pandemic and there was a steep drop in starts from March 2020. There are encouraging signs that start numbers are picking up again now.

DWP has cconfirmed the organisations that have successfully tendered to be included in the Commercial Agreement for Employment and Health-Related Services (CAEHRS). The agreement goes live on 5 October and replaces the existing Umbrella Agreement.

In total DWP received submissions from 61 organisations with a total of 171 compliant submissions across the 7 regional lots. Overall this has resulted in a total of 28 organisations being awarded a place on CAEHRS, 21 of which have multiple places and 7 have single awards. DWP is able to offer further places should they become available.

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Youth Employment is conducting an inquiry into youth employment. 

Following the £3.06bn government investment into new and existing youth employment initiatives in the summer, is there any sign of tensions in the systems and areas where young people can fall through the gaps? In this inquiry the APPG is exploring the key youth employment programmes and see what the early indicators are of success. It aims to provide constructive feedback to the government to accelerate impact or where improvements need to be made if there are tensions in the system.

Think Local Act Personal is organising a great series of webinars about the design and operations of the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The scheme funds social care, including employment support, across Australia. The first webinar took place recently and you can view it below.

DWP has revised the application and claims process for the use of Access to Work within Supported Internships and Traineeships. The changes are mainly due to DWP's security requirements and they now need a customer signature on the application and claims forms. Access to Work are also introducing a declaration letter that the customer must sign and return before claims are approved.

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