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The Royal Mencap Society achieves the matrix Standard

First organisation to have internal employees trained to become internal champions   The matrix Standard is a unique quality standard for organisations to assess and measure their advice and support services, which ultimately supports individuals in their choice of career, learning, work and life goals. “Working towards the matrix Standard is no easy feat.  said Paul Bridle, CEO of emqc Ltd. “But having five internal champions also trained to ensure that Mencap has internal champions to  support the organisation in its journey towards keeping the highest standards is an extremely exciting development and one that we would encourage other organizations to follow. We have been very  impressed by the dedication, hard work and good practices of  Mencap. They are the first learning disability organisation to gain the matrix Standard and we are truly delighted to see the impact that their quality of advice and guidance has on the the lives …

Career Management Skills Survey

Career Management Skills Survey   The International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS) and Cascaid are the UK partners for an Erasmus + project (LEADER, Learning and Decision making resources).   The focus of the project is on career management skills (CMS) and particularly in defining and testing a CMS framework with our European partners.  Information about the project about the project can be found at   An initial part of the project is to collect views from practitioners and teachers as to their understanding of career management skills and resources and support which might be useful to them in delivering career management skills within their work. This information will be used to create online tools which we shall be testing out later in the project.   We would very much value your thoughts on this topic and would encourage you to complete the questionnaire which you can access here   …

Internal Champions Development Programme

We are delighted to announce that we have the all new Internal Champions Development Programme ready for you to attend. Below is the ticket booking form. Event management for matrix – Internal Champion Development Programme powered by Eventbrite

Updated guidance from DfE on Careers Guidance

NEW – Post-16 courses database: operational guide. An operational guide on how to submit and maintain data to a national database. This is part of the new expectation on all 16-19 education and training providers to submit information on all the courses they plan to offer to 16-19 year olds.   ·       UPDATED – Careers Statutory Guidance for Schools. The statutory guidance outlines why schools (and local authorities that maintain pupil referral units) must secure independent careers guidance for young people, what they must do to comply with their legal responsibilities in this area and the role of the governing body and head teacher in shaping the guidance and support offered by the school.   The guidance contains minor updates to the previous version issued in April 2014. Updates ensure that the document is clearer in relation to how schools should meet their duty, including what good practice looks like, and reflects areas that have …

What Customers have Said


As a relatively young organisation we were quite daunted with the matrix process at first. However the support and guidance we received from our Adviser was exceptional. It allowed us to consider what we were actually achieving as an organisation and equally key areas of concern for the future as we continued to grow. We embraced the advice we received and updated and changed a series of company processes and systems. This resulted in significant savings for the organisation in terms of financial costs and improved management of company resources and record keeping. It goes without saying we would strongly recommend both the matrix Accreditation system and consultancy expertise of Kathy Leahy.

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