Commissioning

Publisher: 
BASE
Topics: 
BASE, Training, Disability, Education & training, Commissioning, Supported employment
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Report

This document brings together our policy aims for the disability and employment sector. The document was updated in 2016 by the National Executive Committee.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Commissioning, Supported employment
Year of Publication: 
2011
Type: 
Guidance

This publication summarises the learning from work undertaken by NDTi around supporting people with learning disabilities and people with mental health problems into paid work. Conclusions include that there is:

Transport for London (TfL) has issued a market sounding questionnaire. It seeks to obtain market feedback in relation to the design, delivery and management of supported internship provision for the Steps into Work programme. The primary focus of the MSQ is to better understand market/supplier appetite, capacity and capability, as well as perceived risks and opportunities.

TfL's employability programmes provide work readiness skills and opens doors to employment to some of the most disadvantaged groups in society. Individuals who fall into these groups have been disproportionately impacted by the current pandemic and now face even greater barriers to employment. The employability programmes are currently undergoing a redesign to better support those that most need it, through partnerships with charities, delivery partners and business stakeholders.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Commissioning
Year of Publication: 
2021
Type: 
Framework

The £220m Community Renewal Fund is designed to help the UK prepare for the introduction of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The Fund aims to support our communities to pilot innovative programmes and new approaches, aligning national and local provision.

Projects must be completed by 31 March 2022 and projects may align with one, or deliver across several, of the following investment priorities:

City of Wolverhampton Council is issuing an Invitation to Tender (ITT) for a Supported Employment service. The initial contract term is for 3 years with the option for up to a 2 year extension.

The Council is committed to supporting disabled and vulnerable (young) people to fulfil their potential and to contribute to society through employment. The core element of the Service will provide personalised and enabling support to assist working age individuals to find and maintain meaningful, paid employment to the following groups:

i. Adults with eligible care and support needs - learning difficulties, physical disabilities and/or autism.

ii. Adults (aged up to 65 years) with eligible care and support needs - significant learning difficulties (those furthest away from the job market) who fulfil the requirements of the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework for Employment (ASCOF)

The London Borough of Hackney is inviting tenders from sufficiently experienced and qualified contractors to procure a programme of Special Educational Needs Supported Internship placements for young people in the borough.

A key objective of this contract will be for each intern to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to successfully enter the world of work, and will subsequently gain sustainable paid employment at the end of the programme. A framework agreement will be awarded to up to 2 contractor(s). The contract will be established for an initial duration of 24 months, with the option to extend for up to 24 further months in annual increments at the Council's discretion. The contract is anticipated to begin on 1st September 2021 after an initial implementation period.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Disability employment gap, Commissioning, Strategy
Year of Publication: 
2020
Type: 
Report

This report from New Local, formerly the New Local Government Network, argues that the current employment support system, managed by the DWP, can often do more harm than good, leaving people distressed and fearful, and only helping to lift 4% of the group into work every year.

The report argues for greater collaboration between local government, public services, the third sector, businesses and communities with employment support being locally commissioned and embedded.

Millions of people find it difficult, or even impossible, to work due to the impact of disabilities and long-term health conditions. This is often part of a complex picture of wider social disadvantages, which can include issues such as poverty, loneliness and isolation, problems with housing, drug and alcohol addiction, and contact with the criminal justice system.

This has been compounded by record levels of unemployment in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. People who have been out of work for a long time due to this kind of complex disadvantage face not only their existing barriers to employment, but are also now at the back of a queue of millions of people who will find it easier to move into a job.

The report argues that even during periods of low unemployment, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has a poor record of supporting this group into work – only around 4% of those on associated benefits move into employment each year. The system DWP oversees has also often made people’s lives more difficult, exacerbating the stress and anxiety many already live with. Without major reform, the financial costs and human impact will continue to mount. It’s time to radically rethink support for this group.

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.

Older jobseekers in the Greater Manchester area will be the first to trial targeted new approaches being developed to help over-50s get back to work.  

The Centre for Ageing Better, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, and the Department of Work & Pensions have announced plans for the ‘Greater Manchester Employment Support for Over-50s' pilot programme to improve support models for older people. An estimated 800,000 people in the UK aged 50 to 65 want to be working but are not, with many caught in an ‘unemployment trap’. Losing a job after the age of 50 is more likely to lead to long-term unemployment or inactivity compared with job loss at younger ages.  

The Centre for Social Justice has published a new report, Commissioning Excellence in Disability , that examines DWP's nationally contracted disability employment provision. 

The report is critical of performance over recent years and highlights some of the problem areas including commissioning processes, funding models and supply chain management. It suggests ways of making better use of the expertise within the voluntary sector and makes a series of recommendations.

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