Schools and colleges recognised for focus on employment skills for students

Three Cambridgeshire schools and colleges were recognised for the excellent careers guidance they give to students to enable them to develop the employability skills they will need for future success, by achieving the careers education, information, advice and guidance quality award ‘Investing in Quality.’

Cambridgeshire Councillor Simon Bywater, Chairman of the Children and Young People Committee presented the awards to teachers and young people from Neale-Wade Community College in March and Hills Road Sixth Form College and The Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology, both in Cambridge, on Friday 10 November at Shire Hall, Cambridge in recognition of their quality provision.

Eight more schools and colleges are also working towards the award.

Cllr Bywater said: “These three schools and colleges have demonstrated that they are providing careers education, information, advice and guidance which is well planned and delivered to help students to make informed choices about their future.

“We are fortunate in the county that several academy trusts and colleges are employing guidance advisers, but this is only part of what schools and colleges need to do to ensure that all young people are prepared, resilient and have the skills to move through an often unpredictable career journey. This award demonstrates that careers advice and guidance is robust and supports the learning and development of students.”

“As part of the three-year award we offer an annual visit to encourage continual improvement by presenting healthy challenges and sharing ideas.  Careers advice and guidance is vital for all students and I hope to see other schools and colleges in Cambridgeshire taking their lead. 

Schools and colleges have a duty to provide good quality, independent careers guidance for their students and evidence of this is required by Ofsted (the Office for Standards in Education).

The Government recommends that all pre and post-16 learning providers should work towards a quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance as an effective means of carrying out a self-review and evaluation of their programmes.

The Cambridgeshire CEIAG Quality Award Investing in Quality is a licensed awarding body for the national ‘Quality in Careers’ standard. Cambridgeshire County Council is one of only 12 awarding bodies in the UK. 

Cllr Simon Bywater (far right) with award winners