Capturing the Moment- C&K Careers

Three years ago C&K Careers invested in training me to become a matrix Standard Internal Champion. During our recent Accreditation Review, I was able to work alongside the Assessor in planning the programme and conducting some of the interviews; “We found that through acquiring a deep understanding and involvement in the Standard, coupled with our all-year round commitment to it, we could bring even more rigour to the whole Assessment journey and so benefit  our company”
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Katren North, Head of Business Development, C&K Careers

  “Having an Internal champion means that so much of what we do on a daily basis is underpinned by the matrix Standard. We don’t need to worry about getting assessment ready. It is what we naturally always do!” “It is fabulous for staff to have the strength of their work externally recognised by the matrix Standard assessor  – and any areas for development are regarded as exciting challenges to drive us forward”. Author; Stuart McRill, Registered matrix Assessor    
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matrix cited in London Ambitions Report

On the 25th June, Excellence Squared CEO, Paul Bridle, attended the launch of the London Ambitions Career offer.  Boris Johnson gave a speech to the attendees reminiscing about his youth and finding the right path for work. The 80 page report, supported by the Major of London, London Enterprise Panel and produced by the London Council, sets out 7 key recommendations to transform the landscape of careers and employment support for young people across London. Within recommendation 3.1, the matrix standard is included as one of three national standards for schools and colleges to work towards.
3.1 – Access to impartial, independent and personalised careers education, information, advice and guidance on their local community. All London schools and colleges should work towards a quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance as an effective means of carrying out a systematic self-improvement review of careers provision, including online and face-to-face careers support for all young Londoners.”
Point two cites The matrix Standard:
“The national matrix Standard for information, advice and guidance – this can assist schools and colleges to demonstrate that they provide a high quality and impartial service. Schools and colleges can access an online register of organisations’ accredited to the matrix Standard.”
Our CEO had this to say;
“We are delighted that the matrix Standard has been included in the report, and we are ready to support schools and colleges with their journey through the matrix standard”.
If you would like to know more about this initiative, and download the report, please visit the London Ambitions website.  
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Pluss Achieved the Merlin Standard

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Following an external assessment by emqc Ltd in February Pluss are delighted to announce that we have been successful in achieving the Merlin Standard. The Merlin Standard been designed by DWP to recognise and promote sustainable excellence within supply chains. Merlin-logo--03Pluss is a social enterprise that helps people with Disabilities and Health conditions into employment. As a key part of our work, we deliver Work Choice, the DWP’s specialist disability employment programme, across the South West, West of England and West Yorkshire, with support from sub-contractors including Workwise – Calderdale Council, Pentreath, Shaw Trust and Skills for Work – Bradford Metropolitan District Council. Pluss was assessed on the four key Merlin Principles of Supply Chain Design, Commitment, Conduct and Review with a total of 50 criteria being evaluated in all. Lead Assessor Andy Richardson reported that “Key to Pluss’ success are its strong values that drive both strategic direction and operational practices. Many of the Supply Chain Partners commented that they enjoyed working with Pluss because of these values and operating principles as they were very closely matched to their own. These values in turn invoke a sense of respect and trust throughout the supply chain and underpin many of the other strengths” Pluss’ commitment to continually innovate and drive change for the benefits of disabled people looking to find work was noted “The production of the “Right Job – Right Support” is an excellent example of how the changing needs of customers and wider stakeholders are being considered at a strategic level.” Pluss CEO Martin Davies said “We are fully committed to the principles and goals of the Merlin standard, and achieving this accreditation is evidence of our good practice in developing and managing our supply chain and has only been achievable due to the excellent partnerships we have across our supply chain. We would like to give especial thanks to all of our supply chain partners for their on-going work and support in achieving excellent outcomes for our customers. We look forward to continuing grow and develop our valued relationships in the future.”
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