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Unfair reflection of National Careers Service’s impact on young people

To say, as TES’ report does that the National Careers Service doesn’t benefit young people’s prospects is far from the truth - “National Careers Service has 'no positive impact' on employment” (April 21 2017). Not least, it’s misleading as it refers to a pre-2014 evaluation since when massive changes have been made to the service. If young people were not benefitting from it Ofsted would not have rated…

Read more | Apr 21, 2017

Community Grants in Northamptonshire - Third Round

Third round of grant money available for community groups which support people into jobs and training in the Northamptonshire area.

Read more | Apr 13, 2017

Futures Advice approved for new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP)

Futures Advice, Skills and Employment has been included on the new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP)This gives Futures the green light to deliver apprenticeships to levy-paying employers from May.The register has been published by the Department for Education (DfE) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) as part of its new Apprenticeship Reforms. All organisations on the register completed…

Read more | Mar 17, 2017

Futures Advice appoints training expert as new commercial director

Futures Advice Skills and Employment, the first National Careers Service provider in the country to be judged as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, has appointed Sandra Cowley as its new commercial director.Sandra brings a wealth of experience to the organisation, having held key senior roles within the Further Education sector over the past 17 years – most recently as Director for Business Development & Communications…

Read more | Mar 13, 2017

Nottingham 'proud' of Futures' Ofsted success

Congratulating Futures Advice on its 'Outstanding' Ofsted rating for the delivery of the National Careers Service in the East Midlands, Councillor Sam Webster (Nottingham City Council's Portfolio Holder for Education, Employment and Skills) said: “It's good news for Nottingham that Futures has been recognised by Ofsted as the first “Outstanding” provider of the National Careers Service.“We are particularly…

Read more | Feb 21, 2017

National Careers service in East Midlands rated Outstanding by Ofsted

Futures Advice, Skills and Employment - the organisation responsible for the National Careers Service across the East Midlands - has been rated Outstanding by Ofsted. The Nottingham-based careers guidance experts are the first ever National Careers Service prime contractor to have achieved this rating. As part of its assessment, Ofsted looked at the: effectiveness of leadership and management quality…

Read more | Feb 21, 2017

Central Eastern careers service rated Good by Ofsted

The National Careers Service (NCS) in Central Eastern England, which is delivered by the not-for-profit social enterprise Futures Advice, Skills and Employment, has been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted.This is Ofsted’s first inspection of the service since Futures Advice, Skills and Employment began its three-year contract in October 2014. In partnership with a range of other specialist organisations, Futures…

Read more | Feb 14, 2017

Use your online identity to your advantage

Today is national internet safety awareness day. And while the focus of this is primarily aimed at raising awareness of protecting your identity online, and remaining secure, it’s also important to reflect on what can be found out about you on the web. Today’s digital landscape is more complex than ever before. It is re-shaping the way we work, consumer behaviour, the delivery of services, the potential…

Read more | Feb 07, 2017

NCS Northampton Replacement Delivery

Under our arrangement with the Skills Funding Agency we are seeking to refresh and revise a previous National Careers Service arrangement. We are keen to receive subcontracting applications from our network of approved suppliers who have previously indicated their ability to work primarily in the Northamptonshire region. Subcontractors must be able to offer delivery within the area and providers with…

Read more | Jan 31, 2017

New year, new job?

The New Year is a great time to start looking for a new job because so many people are doing the same, meaning a lot of new opportunities open up at this time of year. However, it also means there’s a lot of competition for roles.Follow our tips on how to get ahead of the game and increase your chances of getting on that shortlist:1. Have a planStart with a clear goal by deciding what type of job you’re…

Read more | Jan 04, 2017