Kent Supported Employment, part of the Specialist Employment Service in The Education People, has been awarded Team of the Year at the British Association for Supported Employment (BASE) annual, national conference.
The service supports over 200 new clients per year in seeking, finding and sustaining employment using the supported employment model; working closely with employers to embed staff into the workforce and support the employer.
The Team of the Year award won by the Specialist Employment Service measures both quality and impact in supporting people with disabilities into paid employment. In winning this award, the Kent Supported Employment team has been officially recognised by BASE as the UK leader for this professional service.
In addition to the Team of the Year award, Mitch Mitchell, one of the service’s Employer Support Officers, was awarded Practitioner of the Year. Mitch has been working for 25 years in this role, mainly across North Kent and the Gravesend area where he resides, and his passion and enthusiasm for supporting clients has never waned.
In particular, he has recently undertaken a new project to secure employment opportunities in the NHS for adults with learning difficulties, training over 55 managers in disability awareness in the process.
Alicia Moyles, Head of Service for Specialist Employment, said: “We are delighted to accept these awards, on behalf of all the team, and for all the employers and clients we are privileged to work with on a daily basis. Quality and results for positive outcomes for clients and employers alike is what drives our passion and enthusiasm.”
If you would like further information on referring into the specialist employment service for support or as an employer to recruit a more diverse workforce, please contact KSE@theeducationpeople.org
The Education People (TEP) is a company wholly owned by Kent County Council and was established to provide services and products to and on behalf of KCC. TEP supports the full age range from early years to young adults, offering a variety of services to help education professionals improve learning, wellbeing and children’s development. Providers can source training materials, resources and support via the company’s website (www.theeducationpeople.org). The product offer covers areas as diverse as school improvement to outdoor learning, safeguarding to school finance, supported employment to governor support, and equality and inclusion to early years and childcare.