The Royal Mencap Society achieves the matrix Standard

First organisation to have internal employees trained to become internal champions  

[leading]The Royal Mencap Society (“Mencap”) were today presented with the prestigious matrix Standard Award by Paul Bridle, CEO of emqc Ltd, for the information, advice and guidance Mencap’s Employment and Advocacy services provide to individuals with a learning disability in their choice of career, learning, work and life goals.  Five Mencap employees were also awarded their level five qualifications on the same day to become assessors – the first time this has happened in matrix’s history – at an event held at emqc Ltd offices in Nottingham.    [/leading]

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 of people with a learning disability. ”

There are 1.4 million people with a learning disability in the UK. Mencap works to support people with a learning disability, their families and carers by fighting to change laws, improve services and access to education, employment and leisure facilities. Mencap supports thousands of people with a learning disability to live their lives the way they want.

Jan Tregelles, chief executive of Mencap, said:

“Mencap is delighted to be awarded the matrix Standard which is the unique quality standard which will allow us to assess and measure our advice and support services.  I would also like to congratulate my five Mencap colleagues who achieved level 5 qualifications.  This was a huge individual commitment.   

Around 80% of working age people with a learning disability could work but less then 10% are in employment.  This is not good enough.  We all know how important working is both financially and also in  making people feel a valued and trusted member of a team.  Too many people with a learning disability do not get to do this.  We are dedicated to doing everything we can to address this problem.   I truly believe the matrix Standard will help us address this problem by making sure that we always offer people with a learning disability the best support and advice with their career, learning, work and life goals.“

Six, Mencap staff member who achieved level 5 qualificaiton, commented:

“I am delighted to have been awarded the level 5 qualification.  It took over three months to gain the qualification and was very difficult.  However, it is fantastic for this award to be celeberated in this way. I truly believe that through this qualification I will be able to champion at Mencap the very highest quality of support and advice for people with a learning disability for their career, learning, work and life goals.”

For further information or to arrange interviews, please contact the Mencap press office on 020 7696 5414 or media@mencap.org.uk

You can watch the awards presentation here: https://youtu.be/pmND_yk9P3A (Embedded below)

About Mencap

There are 1.4 million people with a learning disability in the UK. Mencap works to support people with a learning disability, their families and carers by fighting to change laws, improve services and access to education, employment and leisure facilities. Mencap supports thousands of people with a learning disability to live their lives the way they want.

www.mencap.org.uk

For advice and information about learning disability and Mencap services in your area, contact Mencap Direct on 0808 808 1111 (9am-5pm, Monday-Friday) or email help@mencap.org.uk

 

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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 athttp://www.leaderproject.eu

 

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 http://www.leaderproject.eu/cms-survey.html

 

Thank you for your help and support with this. If you would like to talk to us about the project you can contact us on the details below.

 

Siobhan Neary (iCeGS) s.neary@derby.ac.uk,

Vanessa Dodd (iCeGS) v.dodd@derby.ac.uk

John Kelly (Cascaid), jkelly@cascaid.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Updated guidance from DfE on Careers Guidance

NEW – Post-16 courses database: operational guideAn 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 SchoolsThe 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 changed since the last publication, for example the creation of the new careers and enterprise company, the SEND Code of Practice published last year and the new requirement on schools to include the use of good quality portals in delivering their wider duty on careers guidance from 2015/16.   
 
The updated guidance will be effective from September 2015.
 
·       UPDATED – Careers Guidance for CollegesThe guidance contains minor updates to the previous version issued in August 2014. Updates ensure consistency, where appropriate, with the updated schools statutory guidance.
The updated guidance will be effective from September 2015.
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£15 million to train next generation of quantum engineers

The government is today (23 March 2015) committing up to £15 million to train the next generation of quantum engineers who will build innovative new products like 6G smartphones.

The funding – via the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) – will be used to create a number of quantum technologies ‘skills hubs’ across the UK, which will work in partnership with industry to deliver training and career development programmes for PhD students.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said:

From cameras that can see through smoke to cracking down on internet fraud, quantum technologies are taking innovation to a whole new level and offer an unparalleled opportunity to shape the next generation of high-tech products that will improve our day-to-day lives.

This £15 million investment will ensure we have the flexible, highly-skilled workforce needed to turn these futuristic ideas into a reality.

Universities, Science and Cities Minister Greg Clark said:

Quantum technologies are set to transform the way we live, pushing the boundaries of knowledge which will benefit healthcare, communications and security.

Quantum skills will allow us to bring game-changing advantages to future timing, sensing and navigation capabilities, in a sector that could be worth more than £1 billion to the UK economy. That is why we are investing up to £15 million to train specialists with the right entrepreneurial and business skills to ensure we have the talent to keep us ahead of growing international competition.

The investment comes in response to today’s publication of a national strategy to stimulate growth in quantum technologies in the UK.

Launched by the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, the strategy highlights the billion-pound potential for the UK as a world leader in this field.

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Budget announcements for Skills

Announcements in the Budget include:

  • Apprenticeship vouchers: Government is putting employers in control of the funding for apprenticeships by introducing an Apprenticeship Voucher for the Government contribution to apprenticeship funding. The Voucher offers a simple to use approach for employers
  • Support for postgraduate research: a package of support for postgraduate research, including a review of how to broaden and strengthen support, building on partnerships with industry and charities, and income contingent loans of up to £25,000
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