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Real work, skilled people, real life!

The leading voice for supported employment in Britain

The British Association for Supported Employment is the national trade association representing hundreds of agencies involved in securing employment for people with disabilities. The association aims to raise awareness of supported employment, represent the sector on a collective basis, inform members, and encourage best practice. BASE facilitates regional member networks and supports providers and employers by being a hub of information and good practice.

Statement on the Govt response to Sayce

BASE welcomes the Government`s pledge of continued investment in the sector and its endorsement of personalised employment support as the only way to improve unacceptably low rates of employment for people with disabilities. We believe, however, that there is little evidence that turning supported employment into a retail marketplace through personal budgets will help large numbers of disabled people achieve sustainable and fulfilling careers, and that Government and its partners should continue to explore the best ways of commissioning effective employment support.

Personal Budgets booklet now available

Published jointly with the British Institute of Learning Disabilites (BILD), this guide sets out what the key issues around personalisation and supported employment are, particularly for people with a learning disability and people with autism. It describes the supported employment model and current funding streams that can be used. The guide explores some of the challenges for jobseekers and for supported employment providers and how these might be overcome. The booklet costs £4 and is available from the BILD bookstore.

Supported Business Directory

Our unique, interactive tool is specifically designed to:
* assist procurement officers to find sustainable solutions to their requirements for goods and services
* enable supported businesses to market themselves to potential customers in both the public and private sectors

Find employment support


Do you need support to help you back to work? Use our members directory to find your nearest office