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17th Oct 2013

Adviza has been selected as finalists for four of the six 2013 Career Development Institute awards for our work with young people and adults:

Best Practice in Delivering Career Development Services to Young People

In response to the Careers Guidance Duty on schools from September 2012, Adviza developed a highly successful Careers Guidance offer to schools which delivers quality and value for money. We have invested heavily in our delivery team, training every member of staff to QCF level 6 and delivering refresher courses in labour market information, careers guidance theory and reflective practice. We have full membership to the ICG/CDI and rigorously adhere to their professional standards and aims. Our services to schools are bespoke; tailored to the needs of each institution, offering services such as information sessions to school staff; discounted careers resources and software, out of hours 'webchat' service and a health check/evaluation and social impact assessment enabling schools to review and continuously improve their careers programmes.


Careers Educator of The Year

One of our careers advisers, Ros Carr, has been nominated as Careers Educator of The Year for her exemplary work as careers adviser and coordinator at Burnham Grammar School. Ros ensures her support is tailored to the needs of the students and actively involves both staff and students in building a service they want and need. Ros is actively focused on tackling traditional stereotypes, offering students real-life work experiences, engaging with local employers and supporting students through the notoriously difficult and stressful UCAS application process! Ros is also an active member of a local group of school staff who meet to discuss careers education issues and share good working practices.
 

Best Practice in Career Development Services for Adults

We have been nominated for this award because of our Work Fit project which we are delivering via contract to Jobcentre Plus in Reading to single parents who have been out of work for a significant time (often 5+ years) and whose children have started school. The project's aim is to change their own and their families lives for the better - to improve fitness, wellbeing, employability and ultimately to move them into sustainable employment. We have delivered two courses to date with three planned for the rest of the year, working with a total of 70 unemployed single parents.


Most Innovative use of Social Media

Adviza has introduced remote guidance sessions using two web-based technologies; WebEx (a video conferencing product through which young people can receive face-to-face guidance from an adviser wherever they are) and Webchat through which 'virtual advisers' offer online Q&A sessions. This compliments the work that is undertaken via twitter and facebook; the Adviza twitter account has over 1,170 followers and our advisers speak directly to young people via their facebook pages: within the last year our Berkshire advisers had social media contacts with over 2130 young people and over 60 had webchat interventions. 344 NEET young people who had a direct social media contact in the last year subsequently progressed into a work or learning outcome.
 

Below are just some of the great comments we have received from students and schools about the services for which we have been nominated:

"The support I have received from (Adviza) has far exceeded my expectations. They are genuinely passionate about giving me as much guidance and support as I needed, enabling me to make an informed decision at what has been a significant and challenging crossroad in my career and future" - Dale, college student

"I found your service very useful and gave me lots of help. I would use this service again because you provided what I was looking for in a format which I understood and the representative was very professional" - Niamani, school pupil

"As Lorraine's parent, I can report that we have received the most excellent service from yoursel(ves). You engaged with us from the very first day we visited the college, ensuring that we were aware of and could avail ourselves of every facility and all the help available to us...we can truly say you have been so much more than just a service to us" - Guy, parent of college student

"I understand from the Head that having you around has made a real difference at Burnham Grammar - thank you." - Deputy Head at Burnham Grammar to Ros Carr

"The careers guidance service we receive from Adviza is consistently professional, student centred and efficient, and best of all is flexible to our needs. I would highly recommend it." - PSHCE Coordinator, 11-18 Grammar School, Slough

"...I found the event immensely rewarding  and valued the opportunity to share with the students not only our own experiences of preparing to enter further education and...the job market but also to provide what we hope were useful insights into what employers look for when appraising candidates." - Joe Galsworthy, European Director of Marketing, Dell

"We are very happy with the service and our adviser and will use him to see more students face to face - that is a huge strength of the service." - Head of Careers, 11-18 school, Oxfordshire.

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