OFSTED PRAISE FOR CAREERS SERVICE IN NOTTS
By mstretton | Friday, October 18, 2013, 16:05
DELIVERY of careers services across Nottinghamshire has been praised by Ofsted following its latest inspection.
John Yarham - Futures' chief executive
The National Careers Service, which is managed by Futures and delivered by a wide range of organisations across the county, was praised for boosting people's career prospects, helping them to improve their confidence, self-esteem and motivation.
Inspectors commended Nottinghamshire's network of professional careers advisers stating that they are experienced, well-qualified and use their skills to expertly support a wide range of customers who make good progress between careers advice sessions.
Advice and support from a network of qualified and professional careers advisers has already helped more than 2,400 people into work or learning across Nottinghamshire since April of this year.
Ofsted rated Futures' overall management and delivery of the National Careers Service as 'good' (grade 2) – the second highest rating possible. The service achieved this standard across all four criteria which were assessed.
John Yarham, Futures' chief executive, said: "I am extremely pleased that Ofsted have recognised the very high quality of the services that we offer.
"As an organisation enabling people to develop and realise their career aspirations, I was delighted that the report praised our advisers for expertly helping customers progress and achieve positive job and learning outcomes," John added.
Tim Richmond, Futures' board chairman, said: "The services Futures provide to support and improve the employment prospects of our clients are vital and it is wonderful for us to have Ofsted's independent view of the high standards achieved, which is a testament to the professionalism and commitment of everyone involved."
Ofsted's inspection of the National Careers Service takes place once every three years with focus placed on outcomes for learners, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, and effectiveness of leadership and management.
A team of inspectors visited National Careers Service providers across the East Midlands observing group and individual advice sessions while further inspectors spent time with the National Careers Service central team.
Further highlights of the Ofsted report included praise for senior leaders who have set and communicated a very clear strategic direction, the management of sub-contractors and the high proportion of customers who have gone on to start a learning programme or employment.
Emily Jones, Futures' regional operations manager, said: "The overall grade 2 is a great result for Futures and for the organisations we work with across the East Midlands.
"We were particularly pleased that a large majority of advice sessions observed were seen as good or outstanding.
"We work hard to make sure the help we offer is tailored to each of our customers' needs.
"This was recognised in the report which noted that advisers provide caring and considerate support and are particularly adept at motivating customers to consider new options for employment," Emily added.