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The Department for Education has published updated Covid-19 operational guidance for further education providers.

It has been confirmed that supported interns who were not able to meet the core aim of their internship in the 2020 to 2021 academic year may continue their internship into the 2021 to 2022 academic year. Where necessary and appropriate, priority for accessing work placements in the 2021 to 2022 academic year should be given to supported interns who were enrolled on a supported internship in 2020 to 2021.

The Call for Abstracts has opened for the European Union for Supported Employment (EUSE) conference to be held in Oslo on 11-13 May 2022.

The organisers would like to invite all engaged in the employment arena, from NGOs, public employment services, policy makers, government agencies, recipients of employment services, academics and researchers to share their knowledge, skills and expertise on a range of themes intended to promote the best practice approaches in Supported Employment and work inclusion strategies.

The conference has four key themes:

The Post-16 Education and Skills Bill must be amended to include clauses around provision for students with special educational needs, Lord Addington has said. 

Social Enterprise Scotland is organising a Corporate Challenge Bootcamp week which runs 19th-23rd July. The week features a number of sessions designed for all social enterprises interested in supply chain and procurement.

 

Whitefield Academy Trust is currently working with DFN Project SEARCH and looking to commission an experienced Supported Employment Provider (SEP) to support Whipps Cross Hospital Supported Internship Programme 2021/2, and Whipps Cross Hospital & Barts Hospital Supported Internship Programme 2022/3. They have issued the attached Request for Quotation document and the closing date for returns is 5 July 2021. They are aiming for a contract start date of 1 August 2021.

Kirklees Council is looking into a potential procurement option to put in place future contractual arrangements for suitably qualified and experienced organisations to deliver Kirklees Mental Health Employment Services.

Ofsted has published a report looking at long-standing problems in the system of care for children and young people with SEND and finds that these have been made even worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. SEND: old issues, new issues, next steps is published on gov.uk

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has published a new guide to delivering high-quality apprenticeships. The guide sets out the essential steps for every stage of the apprenticeship journey. The event is aimed at both providers new to apprenticeships, and those who are already experienced to support continuous improvement.

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) is tendering for six new providers to become mini-hubs for best practice around engaging with employers. The hubs will work with the three existing centres of Excellence; Derby College, Weston College and City College Norwich to develop best practice in engaging employers. 

The invitation to tender goes out on May 21 and £30,000 will be available to each provider, who will need to be Ofsted grade 2 or above and working in the north-west, north-east, Yorkshire and the Humber, West Midlands, London or the south-east.

The Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) is about to open for applications from providers wishing to deliver apprenticeships. The register will open for applications on 17 May. Application guidance is available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/roatp-application-guidance-digital-may-2021

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