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We are very excited to meet our assessors and sub-licensees at the annual conference tomorrow.
Our Key Note speaker is Paul Chubb from the Quality in Careers Consortium, talking about the one national standard and the careers landscape.
Attendees will also hear from the Investor in Careers team on the updates we've made, discussions around assessing to a national standard and why institutions should chose IiC over others.
More news will follow after the event, but follow us on Twitter @IiC_CSW for updates tomorrow.
Investor in Careers Conference
IiC are pleased to announce the next Investor in Careers conference will be held in London on May 24th.
The conference is for all assessors and sub-licencees, offering a chance to be updated and share best practice. This year's speak will be Paul Chubb from the Quality in Careers Standard, giving delegates and update on the new single standard along with the best use of the Gatsby-8 in preparing a careers programme.
If you have any thoughts about additional topics or have specific question to raise then do get in touch: email@example.com
A new Newsletter!
IiC have started to publish a newsletter for all things Quality in Careers Standard related.
You can see the first copy here: http://mailchi.mp/67a566036c02/welcome-to-the-investor-in-careers-newsletter
A new team and a new era
Following a number of internal changes here at CSW Group, I wanted to write to introduce the new team. I will be looking after the Sales & Marketing of IiC, with Ed Whitefield leading on the assessments & processes, we will be ably assisted by Sandy Coggan, who will look after all the administration of the award. All our contact details are below so please do get in contact, even if just to say Hi.
Relationship Manager | CSW Group | 07810 656033 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Investor in Careers Assessor & Consultant | CSW Group | 07786 856234 | email@example.com
Bid Co-ordinator | CSW Group | 07876758108 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Update: The Quality in Careers Standard
Following a number of internal changes here at CSW Group, Investor in Careers can introduce the new team. Verity French will be looking after the Sales & Marketing of IiC, Ed Whitefield leading on the assessments & processes, administration will be ably carried out by Sandy Coggan.
The Quality in Careers Consortium have been working towards a national standard which will simplify the awards process and ensure all standards are held in the highest regard with uniformity across the country. IiC are delighted to announce that this will come into force on 31st March and Investor in Careers will be one of only 12 Licensed Awarding Bodies for this single CEIAG quality award, known as The Quality in Careers Standard.
CSW Group trading as Investor in Careers looking forward to continuing a positive relationship with our licence and award holders, continuing to promote, assess and accredit the quality in careers. We will retain our 20 year old brand going forward.
For more information, visit the Quality in Careers Standard website here http://www.qualityincareers.org.uk/news/new-press-notice-national-licensing.php
IiC Success for Leigh Academies Trust
Congratulations to the Leigh Academies Trust – and in particular to Lesley Tannock, whose dedication and hard work has seen four of the Trust’s schools already achieving the Investor in Careers Award in 2016. These schools are The Leigh Academy, Wilmington Academy, Stationers’ Crown Woods and Milestone Academy.
Lesley is committed to ensuring that all of the Trust’s schools – consisting of seven secondary schools (including a UTC and a special school) and seven primary schools – attain this national accreditation. The first three of these primary schools embark on our Primary standard this month. The Leigh Academies Trust will be the first Multi Academy Trust in the country to have secondary, special and primary schools all working to achieve IiC at one time.
Lesley is truly inspirational and her achievement with four schools is no small feat, particularly as one individual would normally work with a single school. We wish her and her schools every success for the future.
London Borough of Lambeth secures funding for IiC assessment
As a result of securing support from the European Social Fund, Lambeth Council is providing its schools with the opportunity to complete a CEIAG quality award. We are delighted to announce that they have selected IiC as their award of choice.
This initiative will involve 16 schools operating under a consortium approach, with the potential for primary schools to come on board in future.
Skills London 2016: A Round-up
On 9th and 10th December 2016, we were delighted to be part of Skills London 2016 – the city’s biggest jobs and careers fair for young people.
Over the two days, the event welcomed over 30,000 visitors to the ExCeL centre in London. There was a definite buzz around the Investor in Careers Award stand on both days.
Discussions were held with delegates from schools across the capital and the South East, who were interested in learning more about the benefits that embarking on IiC can bring and how the award makes a real impact to careers guidance programmes across the country. We wish the best of luck to Maruf and Nazmin from Lister Community School, who stopped by to tell us how pleased they were to be starting to work towards the first stage of IiC.
It was also great to catch up with current award holders like Chrissie Humphrys – CEIAG Co-ordinator at The Green School in Isleworth – who was keen to tell us all about the positive contribution that IiC had made to the school.
If you attended Skills London 2016 and spoke to us, or if you want to know more about how Investor in Careers can place your school at the cutting edge of CEIAG, please get in touch.
Investor in Careers at Skills London 2016
On 9th and Saturday 10th December 2016, Investor in Careers will be exhibiting at Skills London 2016!
Hosted at ExCeL London, Skills London is a two day event aimed at 15-24 year olds. By providing young people and their families with a chance to discover careers through interactive, inspirational activities and demonstrations, Skills London aims to help people to bridge the gap between what they enjoy doing and what they could potentially do as a career.
The event is London’s largest annual careers event, attracting more than 30,000 people each year. This is our first year at the show and we will be highlighting the positive impacts and benefits offered by attaining the Investor in Careers award, recognised as the leading award of its kind nationally and already the award of choice of schools across the capital.
Now celebrating its 20th year, IiC is the most widely used award of its kind nationally, with approximately 370 schools either currently holding or working towards achieving the award.
We look forward to catching up with our existing award holders who have demonstrated a commitment to providing impartial, independent careers education, information, advice and guidance to all young people. We are also looking forward to inviting others to embark on an award which really does make a positive and long-lasting impact on the vital careers guidance provided to tomorrow’s workforce.
We will be tweeting live from the event using the hashtag #skillslondon2016.
You can find us in the Staff Room/Teacher’s Lounge on Stall Three, so please do feel free to join us and learn more about how this award can place your school at the cutting edge of CEIAG.
Jackie Milliner Careers Co-ordinator at Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School.
We are an over-subscribed boys’ grammar school in Kent, with a mixed sixth form.
As a school we have always had a commitment to providing impartial and independent careers education, information, advice and guidance because we see the benefits of helping our students make informed choices about career paths and we want them to be economically productive citizens who ‘aspire, achieve, excel’. Achieving the quality mark for Investors in Careers (IiC) helps us to demonstrate our current and continued commitment to careers. We know our advice and guidance to students is very effective because students undertake GCSE and A level courses which are appropriate for them and achieve exceptionally well at the end.
Over 80% of Year 13 students go to university, but many do other things, showing the breadth of advice. Also 80% of Year 11 study in our sixth form, but some go elsewhere, an important indicator of impartiality.
Particular strengths for the school are the integrated Careers Education Programme, the commitment and support of senior management and staff that deliver careers education, information, advice and guidance on a daily basis through the curriculum, the tutorial programme, and other events.
We continue our commitment to develop, monitor and evaluate our careers provision for the benefit of current and future students, so that they are able to make informed decisions about their futures.
We are the first school in the Medway area to achieve this award and we are more than happy to share our good practice with other local schools and beyond so that they too can provide effective careers education, information, advice and guidance for the benefit of their students and work towards the IiC quality standard.
Quote from Kathryn Townend (Careers Co-ordinator, Hadlow College)
“As a college, we are thrilled to have achieved the Investor in Careers Award.
Undertaking this 3 staged award from November 2013 – December 2015 enabled my colleagues and I to develop our Careers Hub and the CEIAG provision on offer at Hadlow College in line with the exacting standards of excellence required by Investor in Careers.
Achievement of the Investor in Careers Award highlights our commitment to providing all students (FE, HE and RHS) and ex-students with a high quality, impartial careers programme.”
Record breaking Challney High School for Boys achieve IiC for the 4th Time!
Challney High School for Boys are the only school in Luton to hold the Investor in Careers Award. They first achieved the award on the 18th October 2006 and over the last 10 years have continued to improve and deliver a high quality CEIAG programme.
Challney have now regained accreditation for the fourth time and we congratulate them on this marvellous achievement.
Investor in Careers 20th Anniversary Award winners
Investor in Careers is 20 years old in February and to celebrate we have awarded Newstead Wood School, Kent with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Bedford Academy the award for Best practice in CEIAG.
Well done to both schools for demonstrating their commitment to providing pupils with a high quality careers programme.