May 2016

BASE has submitted a short paper to an apprenticeships taskforce detailing its views on access to apprenticeships for people with learning disabilities and other hidden impairments. The taskforce has been formed by Justin Tomlinson MP, Minister for Disabled People, and Nick Boles MP, Minister for Skills, and is to be chaired by Paul Maynard MP. We understand that the taskforce will begin its work soon and has sought views from a number of organisations.

The National Galleries of Scotland is running a programme that aims to get young people aged between 18 and 24 into the heritage sector by providing them with an 18 month long paid traineeship.
The Skills for the Future is a Heritage Lottery Funded project that aims to train 12 young people, aged between 18 and 24, in the digitisation of our collections. The recruits need to have turned 18 by the 5th September 2016.

The Work and Pensions Committee has published its report on Universal Credit in-work progression. In its report, the Committee says the employment support service for in-work claimants of Universal Credit (UC) holds the potential to be the most significant welfare reform since 1948, but realising this potential means a steep on-the-job learning curve, as the policy appears to be untried anywhere in the world.

DWP has announced 2 targeted market engagement events for potential providers of the Work and Health Programme. The events will discuss the policy, commercial and financial aspects of the requirement prior to finalising the specification and associated bidding documentation. This will include programme design, customer journey, performance, finance and supplier accreditation.

The events will take place in London (May 26th) and Birmingham (May 27th). Both events start at 10.30am. Attendance is limited to one event for each organisation.

BASE has submitted evidence to the Work and Pension Committee's inquiry into halving the disability employment gap. You can view it by clicking on the pdf attachment below.

Channel 4’s has launched its latest recruitment campaign to help people with disabilities get into the media industry. They are currently promoting Work Experience and Apprenticeship opportunities at Channel 4 and, in this Paralympic year, want to increase successful applications from people with disabilities.

DWP has advertised a notice for the new Work and Health Programme on the Bravo Solutions website.