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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

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

Local businesses organise free Christmas dinner for Hyson Green community

Over 100 Hyson residents will enjoy a community Christmas meal on Thursday 22 December thanks to the support of local businesses.A three-course meal, and party games, will be served at the Vine Community Centre in Hyson Green. on Thursday 22 December for those who might not otherwise have a Christmas dinner this year.The event is organised by Sam Burke, an employee at Futures Advice, Skills and Employment,…

Read more | Dec 21, 2016

Nottingham careers guidance experts wins United Nations contract

United Nations Refugee Support unit staff will benefit from careers guidance training thanks to Nottingham-based career development experts, Futures Advice, Skills and Employment.The training, which starts in the New Year, will be delivered to UN staff in Budapest by Futures’ Professional Development Centre in partnership with Liane Hambly Associates. UN staff will work towards a Level 6 certificate…

Read more | Dec 13, 2016

Intensive careers support is a life-changer for youngsters from low-income families

As leading careers guidance experts, we recognise the findings of the recent Social Mobility Commission report into post-16 educational choices and transitions, which finds that pupils from low-income families are much more likely to drop out of education after their GCSEs and far fewer study A-Levels.The research, undertaken by Education Datalab, provides an up-to-date understanding of post-16 educational…

Read more | Dec 08, 2016

Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 available to boost skills and employment in Northants

Voluntary and community groups that support people who need help preparing for work or training in Northamptonshire could be eligible for a grant of up to £20,000. Organisations with a turnover of less than £300,000 per annum are eligible to apply for the grants which are jointly funded by the European Social Fund and the Skills Funding Agency. The funding supports projects that help engage and progress…

Read more | Nov 24, 2016

Future remains bright for Nottingham’s school leavers

Nottingham City continues to maintain a strong performance tackling levels of NEET (not in education, employment or training) among 16-17 year olds. Nottingham continues to have low NEET levels amongst all 16 to 18 year olds and at 4.4 per cent it is significantly below the national England average of 7.1 per cent. Also very encouraging is the number of ‘not knowns’ which stands at 1.2%. Compare this…

Read more | Nov 14, 2016