The Education Act 2011 places schools under a duty to secure access to independent, impartial careers guidance for pupils in Years 9-11 from an external source without any additional funding.
Face-to-face support must be provided, where suitable, to enable young people to make successful transitions.
Under the Act, schools and colleges are now accountable for student progression, achievements against the new Key Stages 4 and 5 destination measures, reducing NEET and raising participation. They are also expected to make sure young people are aware of the full range of academic and vocational options.
In order to be seen as effective by Ofsted, schools have to demonstrate that their learners: 'gain a well-informed understanding of the options and challenges facing them... ensuring they are well equipped as they move through school and on into the next stage of their education, training or employment.'
In 2013, Ofsted published a thematic review of careers/IAG provision, assessing how schools are meeting their responsibilities.
A professional, personal approach
C&K Careers is well placed to help schools and colleges meet their statutory duties, Ofsted requirements and more besides. We have been delivering contracts for schools and colleges since 1995. We listen carefully to what they want, and use our experience and expertise to provide an individual solution that delivers the required results. Schools and colleges simply choose the services that are required.
- Currently, more than 50 schools, colleges and sixth forms already commission careers guidance exclusively from C&K Careers.
- Our careers advisers are all qualified to level 6 in IAG and experienced in working with young people in all learning environments. Plus, we are committed to the continuing professional development of all staff.
- Our information team, staffed by qualified, experienced specialists, produces highly regarded careers and labour market information.
- We offer specialist support to vulnerable young people, including learners with learning difficulties and disabilities, looked-after children, teenage parents and pregnant teenagers, young people with a Youth Offending Team order and those at risk of becoming NEET.
- We have comprehensive links with employers, training organisations, universities and colleges, and provide a vacancy matching service.
- Comprehensive tracking and reporting through our CCIS-compliant database evidences the impact we have on student outcomes, ensuring value for money.
- We will provide a free assessment of a school or college's CEIAG programme against our local Quality Standard Award, which is validated against the national Quality in Careers Standard (QiCS).
A partner you can trust
The quality of our work is recognised through independent accreditation by the matrix Standard, the Investors in Diversity and the Contractors Health & Safety Assessment Scheme, proof we are a reliable partner with the highest standards; and one of the reasons our customers return to us time and time again – more than 60% have been with us since 2007.
'An empowering approach ensures schools are enabled by their purchasing power, [to] select the IAG portfolio that meets their needs. Through thoughtful planning, effective implementation and reflective termly reviews, schools and colleges are receiving a service that is hugely valued.'
matrix report, January 2016.
A company that delivers results
- We improve participation in learning and progression at Key Stages 4 and 5.
- We reduce NEET and ‘Not-Knowns’ at the end of Key Stages 4 and 5, helping more students into education, employment and training.
- However, we do more than meet statutory targets – our goal is to make a positive difference to the lives of young people, enabling them to fulfil their ambitions, and achieve their career and learning potential.
"C&K Careers bring immense benefits to our school. Our careers adviser is fantastic. She inspires and raises the aspirations of our students and is an integral part of the school's progression and transition activities". matrix Report, January 2016.
“This academic year, as a school we have been empowered to shape the inputs of our careers adviser within the curriculum….The range of services now provided are exactly what we want to ensure young people are better informed to make decisions. We need to be sure we are getting value for money. I absolutely know that we are.” Headteacher, partner school
"The C&K Careers adviser works closely with me on career planning and future post-16 options for students with SEND issues, and she has achieved the best outcomes for the cohort I am in charge of.” Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Academy school
"We see your careers adviser as a valued partner in the delivery of careers and educational guidance within the college. Her contribution to our recent inspection was above and beyond, and very much appreciated.” Head of Careers, sixth form college
"Our C&K Careers adviser is highly respected by students, parents and staff, who appreciate her diligence, knowledge, interest and quiet perseverance. She is immensely helpful to the school in its pursuit of improvements.” Deputy Head, 11-16 school
"Does the C&K Careers service represent good value for money? In my view yes."
Careers Co-ordinator, 11-18 school
For further information:
Contact: Steve, Head of Services (Young People)
Call: 01484 225500
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