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Hampshire careers guidance awarded high Matrix standard

Hampshire’s young people can be sure they are getting top quality careers advice from Hampshire Futures, after the service achieved the Department for Education’s Matrix Quality Standard for a third time.

Welcoming the announcement, Councillor Roz Chadd, Hampshire County Council’s Deputy Leader and Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services, said: “Matrix sets the bar for high quality information and advice services such as those delivered by Hampshire Futures, part of Hampshire County Council’s Skills and Participation Service. Securing this accreditation yet again is a reflection on the exemplary work the dedicated and skilled staff do every day.

“This standard should continue to assure young people, education settings, parents and carers that the careers advice we offer is impartial, independent, of the highest quality and relevant to young people – supporting them to make positive choices for their future learning, training and employment.”

The assessment report describes the way information, advice and guidance is delivered as ‘exemplary,’ and praised the service’s objectivity, impartiality, client focus and aspirational nature.

Staff described their work as being about supporting the student to be the best they can be, giving them all the tools to make informed choices and raise or bring out their aspirations.

A young person moving from home education to college commented: “He [the advisor] helped me to believe that I am going to have an amazing education, brilliant friends, and a fantastic life!”

Hampshire Futures staff are currently on hand for any young person who needs help in deciding their next steps towards a career or in education and training after receiving their post-16 or GCSE results.

Hampshire Futures offers young people the following services:

  • Face-to-face careers information, advice, and guidance

  • Group sessions covering areas such as decision making, post-14, 16 and 18 choices, employability and apprenticeships

  • Work related learning and enterprise activities

  • Work experience placements

  • Quality-assured, self-led online resources at Hampshire Futures Careers Information Service.

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