Ofsted has given Learndirect an inspection rating of inadequate. It is likely that it will lose Government-funded contracts as a result.

Access to Work Mental Health Support Service

Shaw Trust would welcome expressions of interest from organisations who would be interested in delivering or supporting the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service across England, Scotland and Wales.

NHS Benchmarking are undertaking a national review of employment support (including supported employment) for people suffering with poor mental health. This national audit includes providers in both the NHS and the rest of the statutory sector, along with voluntary sector providers.

Sponsored by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and administered by Leonard Cheshire Disability, the Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK identifies and celebrates business ability by recognising an exceptional disabled entrepreneur.

The competition is open to disabled entrepreneurs on the management board, and with ownership, of any business in the UK.

NHS England will be conducting a webinar series entitled Doubling access to Individual Placement and Support (IPS) - delivering the Mental Health Five Year Forward View. The webinar series will support the delivery of the key MHFYFV (Mental Health Five Year Forward View) commitment to double the reach of IPS by 2020/21, enabling people with severe mental illnesses to find and retain employment.

The Department for Education (DfE) has published an updated guidance document for Supported Internships.

Bridge to Work has announced a 3-year programme of funding to support projects aimed at helping young disabled people between the ages of 16-30. starting in September 2017.

The programme has three main aims:

Applications for the Channel 4 Apprenticeships programme are now open, and will be closing shortly on the 30th July. Channel 4 has 16 opportunities across their London, Manchester and Glasgow offices.

The West Midlands Combined Authority is working with NHS England, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), and the Department of Health (DH) to trial IPS services in primary and community care settings. The aim is to test if this model can deliver a transformational improvement in employment, health, and wellbeing outcomes for people out of work with a self-defined long term health condition or disability. 

Greater Manchester (GM) is developing an Ethical Learning Disability and Autism Purchasing System. Local Authorities (LAs) and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) within GM will commission person-centred and outcome-focused packages which will support people with learning disabilities and autism to be independent at home, learn new skills, and connect with others. The life journey approach will seek innovative solutions from providers which develop a sense of community and a sustainable network local to where people live. Supported Employment is covered by Lot 2.