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17th May 2017

Jobseekers across the Thames Valley are receiving good quality careers information, advice and guidance says Ofsted.  In their recent inspection of Adviza's National Careers Service provision, Ofsted rated the charity Good in all areas.

Adviza has held the National Careers Service contract for Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Swindon, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire since September 2014.  Its advisers provide careers advice and support to around 19,000 adults each year in 85 sites across the region including JobCentre Plus offices, libraries, colleges and community venues.

Ofsted rated Adviza Good in all four areas of the inspection: effectiveness of leadership and management; quality of information, advice and guidance; personal development, behaviour and welfare; and outcomes for customers.

The report said that Adviza’s National Careers Service advisers and its partners use their extensive knowledge of local job opportunities and courses to improve customers’ chances of finding work and/or training.  The inspectors also found that advisers are particularly good at recognising when customers need additional, specialist support (for example for supporting mental health problems, debt management, housing and funding, and support networks for lone parents).  Also that advisers are particularly effective in helping jobseekers improve their self-esteem and build confidence to seek employment.

Sandra Reynolds, Performance Manager for the contract said: “I am proud that the inspectors could see how our advisers really care about our customers and that the vision and values of the organisation shone through”.

Katharine Horler, Chief Executive of Adviza said: “As a charity, it is particularly pleasing that the inspectors highlighted the effectiveness of our advisers to motivate jobseekers and give them the confidence to move forward.”

The National Careers Service provides free information, advice and guidance for adults (19+) including help with CVs, applications, interviews, courses, job searching, apprenticeships and more. 

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