September 2014

Essex County Council has placed notice of a tendering exercise for the provision of Supported Employment services.

These services are for different groups of service users:
a) adults with mental health needs; and
b) adults with disabilities, which includes those with a learning disability and/or a physical and/or sensory impairment.

It is likely that these will be tendered as separate services with providers being able to bid for 1 or more services.
The values assume a minimum 3 year contract for all services.

A group of people with disabilities have graduated from a brand new initiative designed to help jobseekers with a disability prepare for and find work.
CORMAC have been working with local Social Enterprise, Pluss, in Cornwall on the Skills for Work programme which offers individuals with a range of barriers to finding work the opportunity to gain skills from different areas of the CORMAC Company.

The workshop presentations from our 2014 conference have now been posted as downloadable pdf documents. Our warm thanks to all those who presented.

http://base-uk.org/base-conference-2014/workshops

DWP is reviewing the provision it funds through residential training colleges (RTCs) and we have been asked to submit any views to the review. The review options range from terminating all contracts to retaining the status quo.

We would appreciate feedback from members, other providers, colleges and the public about what changes, if any, DWP should make to the provision available. These may include proposals for splitting the funding across different Government departments or measuring distance travelled as a fundable outcome. Please send any views to admin@base-uk.org by early October.

Project Search has published an independent evaluation of the UK sites. The report was commissioned by the South West Employment Institute.

The report includes interviews with a representative group of families that validate the results reported by sites. At the date of this study there were 17 sites and PS had achieved a sustained average employment rate of 51.5%, with a range from 45% to 60% for individual sites for 2009 to 2012. Data reported at a May census date 10 months after graduation showed an average employment rate across sites of 59.7% in 2011 and 57.9% in 2012.

The BASE national conference took place in Leicester on 10-11 September. Over 160 delegates gathered to hear a strong programme of keynote speakers and attend a programme of 20 workshops. The conference was sponsored by Pluss and Remploy whose support we very much appreciate.

The winners of the 2014 BASE Practice Awards were announced at the BASE conference dinner in Leicester on 10 September. The winners were all recognised for their outstanding work over recent years. The details of the winners are on our awards page. Our congratulations to them all.

Essex County Council has issued a prior information notice regarding their intention to procure supported employment services within the county.

These services are for different groups of service users:
a) adults with mental health needs; and
b) adults with disabilities, which includes those with a learning disability and/or a physical and/or sensory impairment.

It is likely that these will be tendered as separate services with providers being able to bid for 1 or more services. The values assume a minimum 3 year contract for all services.