1st June 2012
Helping hand for providers of careers advice
A new initiative has been launched to help organisations providing careers advice to constantly improve their services.
The Internal Champion Development programme aims to support a wide range of public and private sector bodies as they work towards the matrix Standard, a quality mark underpinning the new National Careers Service.
The standard is being delivered by leading assessment company emqc and its Managing Director, Dave Allan, believes the new initiative will provide a real boost for both accredited organisations and those working towards matrix .
“The new scheme involves in-depth training for staff within such organisations, providing them with the skills they need to prepare and implement action plans,” Dave explained.
“It will also help them to contribute to formal matrix assessments by collecting evidence under the guidance of an external mentor.”
As well as helping staff directly involved with matrix , the new initiative could also benefit other senior personnel, including non-executive directors or school governors.
Dave continued: “The programme covers a number of important areas, including sharing best practice, developing a deeper understanding of key issues and the importance of clear and accurate reporting systems.”
By April next year, all National Careers Service providers will need to achieve matrix accreditation. Providers could include schools, colleges, trade unions and voluntary organisations and the standard ensures they deliver the highest levels of service and the most appropriate advice to clients.
Dave added: “The Internal Champion programme will provide them with a real helping hand on the path to achieving the matrix Standard by equipping key members of staff with the knowledge and skills needed to drive continuous improvement throughout the organisation.”