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BASE is joining a research project being led by the Scottish Centre for Employment Research (SCER). The project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and seeks to identify the challenges we need to address if we are to maximise the growth and potential of IPS and Supported Employment in the future.

DFN Project SEARCH is running a series of workshops where they will present and discuss the data they collect around their Supported Internships. They use this data to to help them understand what's working well and what isn't. They've analysed this information for their 2020-2021 cohort and will share it at the workshops. Topics covered will include overall employment outcomes, average salaries and hours and Intern demographics and more.

The events can be booked through Eventbrite.

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Project Search has published data about participation and outcomes covering the last 3 years. The dataset shows 515 learners enrolled in 2018-19 with a 93% completion rate. 64% of learners secured paid employment.

The data shows an average wage of £8.71 compared to the National Minimum Wage of £7.70 for people under 25-years. Participation is broken down by age, ethnicity, disability and region. Outcomes are reported by business sector.

Leading post-16 providers that teach students with special educational needs and disabilities have been recognised for excellence in the sector at the inaugural awards of specialist further education organisation Natspec.

The pathways to employment award went to BASE member and Yorkshire provider Camphill Wakefield, for having an “aspirational” pathway into employment embedded into the curriculum, which included vocational profiling, job-matching, in-work support and careers guidance. Former principal of specialist provider Foxes Academy, Tracey Clare-Grey, who judged this category, awarded it to Camphill because “expectations of employment are embedded into learning” so“students are supported into employment”.

We are pleased to announce that nominations are now open for our 2019 Awards. You'll find details, an awards pack with guidance, and a nomination form at

We have 4 categories this year:

Enable have been successful at the Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards (England & Scotland) taking home the ‘Breaking Down Barriers Award’ for their Wolverhampton Disability Employment Service. The team had originally been nominated for the award by Tom Denham, Head of Provider Services; ASC at Wolverhampton City Council and they had managed to take the lead over 11 other nominees in order to win. Enable received the award for their ongoing efforts to break down barriers to employment for people with disabilities.

Two BASE members are among the winners of the Careers & Enterprise Company Annual Awards 2018. The Careers & Enterprise Company Annual Awards 2018 recognise and celebrate inspirational work being done by schools and colleges, employers, volunteers and careers professionals around England. A record number of over 200 nominations where submitted for this year's nine award categories, which were decided by panel of independent expert judges.

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The government’s Joint Work and Health Unit has commissioned an independent consortium to support the growth of IPS services. As part of its work, the consortium has produced a number of useful tools and templates to support the growth of consistently high quality IPS services. These can be accessed at, a new website that brings together a range of information, guidance and template documents to support the development of IPS services.

BASE has started its search for 2018 award winners. Nominations are now open for 5 award categories:

  • Team of the Year
  • Practitioner of the Year
  • Innovation Award
  • Best Employer Practice
  • David Grainger Award

You'll find an information pack and nomination form at

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