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Key to the success of our work is the many highly successful partnerships we have forged with councils, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), local businesses, schools, training providers and many other organisations that share our belief in the importance of high quality careers advice and training. We recognise that joining forces with others can have an extremely positive effect on improving people’s lives and increasing their options for social mobility.

The success of our partnership working was highlighted in our recent Ofsted inspection and was key to the ‘Outstanding’ rating we received.

For us, it makes sense that combining skills, experience and resources will create a better service for the customer. In its report, Ofsted recognised this and said that our:

“Seamless support helps customers gain their desired job or learning outcome”.

Providing a comprehensive service

We have strong partnership arrangements in place which enable us to provide a joined-up, comprehensive service to customers, including working closely with employers across the region to support them with their apprenticeship needs. For many employers, we handle the entire apprenticeship recruitment process: from advertising the vacancy, shortlisting and appointing to all the HR/back office support such as payroll and appraisals.

We also invest considerable time in our relationships, such as with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), to ensure that we add value to the support they provide to job seekers. In key areas of the region our teams are embedded within Jobcentre Plus sites, enabling us to be on hand to assist and signpost customers and avoid them being passed from one organisation to another.

Our relationship with the DWP is also key to the success of Nottingham Jobs – a unique partnership within the sector that has enabled us to help unemployed Nottingham City residents back into work and employers to find the staff they need quickly and easily.

Establishing close relationships

We also have:

  • Long-established relationships with local colleges, employers and learning providers to keep us focused on local priorities and opportunities and ensure customers can make appropriate and informed decisions about their next steps.
  • Strong partnerships between Futures’ and prison staff, working in prisons across the East Midlands and Central Eastern regions to provide high quality careers advice in custody (the National Careers Service (In Custody) project).
  • Close working relationships with LEPs around the employability and skills agenda, one example being our partnership work with D2N2 LEP. In this, we work to ensure both we and the Careers and Enterprise Company deliver the D2N2 Employability Framework, through the Careers Inspiration agenda.
  • The attention to detail and focused approach to managing sub-contractors which is key to developing ongoing relationships and getting the buy-in of partners.
  • Been rated as ‘excellent’ last year (the highest score that an organisation can achieve) by the national assessment of supply chain/sub-contractor management – Merlin.

Complementing our skills

Our governance structure is designed to complement the skills of the leadership team and bring in external expertise, oversight and critical analysis. Between the leadership team and the board, we have a wealth of experience in education, the careers sector, economic growth, business and local government.

Sharing a passion

Our advisory board is comprised of an influential and experienced group of individuals who represent key partner organisations. They share a passion for developing joint initiatives which will improve the employment prospects of local people and stimulate economic growth.

Focusing on our aim

Our partnership working plays a crucial part in ensuring we provide high quality careers advice to our customers.Through the provision of tailored and quality support, our work continues to raise people’s aspirations, which in so doing, has the capacity to truly transform lives.