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Last Call for Assessment Services Ltd Awards Entries
July 31, 2018
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How to enter: 

  • Visit our Awards 2018 online http://assessmentservices.com/awards/
  • Identify the category/categories for entry
  • Write a narrative explaining how you demonstrate the criteria (not exceeding 1,000 words)
  • Submit your entry to Assessment Services Ltd by  Friday 10.08.18
  • Shortlisted organisations will be informed by Friday 07.09.18
  • Awards dinner will take place on Monday 01.10.18 in the evening

The Awards Dinner will be held on the evening of Monday 1st October 2018, where winners will be recognised for the outstanding success in one of the following categories:

  • Using Standards to Improve Performance
  • Using Standards to Support Change
  • Effectively working with Communities/Partnerships to Improve Performance
  • Customer Service Excellence Award – Building a Customer-Focused Organisation
  • Merlin Standard Award – Working with Effective Supply Chains
  • The matrix Standard Award for defining, delivering and improving the Information, Advice, and Guidance to their customers
  • The Families First Quality Award for defining, delivering and improving the information for families

There is no limit to the number of categories that can be entered, although only one entry per category will be accepted.  There is no set format for entries, however, each entry must not exceed 1,000 words.

Good luck

Your matrix 3-year Accreditation Review Assessment Journey
July 16, 2018
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Is your matrix 3-year accreditation review assessment due this year – then the following flowchart might be helpful.

Assessment Services recommend you consider the below action points when preparing for your accreditation review assessment.

You may wish to complete a Self-Assessment, to ensure there are no gaps in your evidence and consider any changes that have taken place within your organisation in the last 36 months.

If you are happy with your progress and are ready to book your assessment review, advance on to the online booking form – http://matrixstandard.com/online-booking-form/ but before you do, please see below the key points to consider when booking your review assessment;

  • Be aware of your accreditation review date to ensure your preferred assessment dates due by the anniversary date.
  • Allow 12 weeks for your preferred assessment dates, in order to give us sufficient time to work with you to plan your reassessment.
  • Please remember we cannot formally confirm and book your onsite dates until all fees are paid.
  • Booking your assessment in advance (i.e. 3months before your review date) means you can secure your Assessors’ availability.
  • If you have had major changes take place within your organisation since your last Continuous Improvement Check, and you are unsure how this impacts your accreditation, then please do contact us or your Assessor for support.

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matrix Standard Guidance Documents
June 11, 2018
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The following guidance documents are available to download from the matrix website.

 

 

 

 

 

Is Your matrix Review Assessment Due This Year?
May 9, 2018
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….If so please ensure you complete your booking form in good time.

To give your matrix Assessor time to work with you to plan your reassessment, and for all fees to be paid before the start of the evidence gathering visit, your online booking form needs to be submitted at least 12 weeks before your 3-year anniversary date at the very latest. This is the date that appears on your matrix certificate.

For your reference, our booking form can be opened by clicking the following link: http://matrixstandard.com/online-booking-form/

Of the 72 organisations who had a matrix assessment during March 2018, 90.3% confirmed that their matrix assessment was value for money.

Here are just a few of the feedback comments received from these organisations: Read more

Careers Strategy: Making The Most of Everyone’s Skills and Talents
February 19, 2018
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Through the different recent policy documents, the value of high quality Careers Education and Information, Advice and Guidance is highlighted, along with the different approaches that can be used to help achieve this – the Gatsby Benchmarks, Quality in Careers Standard Quality Award and the matrix standard for information advice and guidance services.

This case study document  – published by Assessment Services Ltd highlights how the matrix Standard, the only Quality Standard designed, developed and implemented by the Government for Information Advice and Guidance, can support and compliment the Gatsby Benchmarks and Quality in Careers Standard.

 

matrix Join the IEP Employability Trailblazer Group
February 13, 2018
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We are delighted to announce that Assessment Services Ltd who manage the assessment process for both the matrix Standard and the Merlin Standard have joined the IEP Employability Trailblazer Employer Group to assist in the process of developing the new standards for Employability Practitioners and Lead Employability Practitioners within the Apprenticeship Trailblazer.

Assessment Services will be joining the Trailblazer Employer Group in an advisory capacity to help provide guidance that will assist in the assessment process and help to ensure the group deliver quality standards that will improve standards in the employability sector.

Read More Here

Your matrix Review Assessment
October 26, 2017
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Continued accreditation under the matrix Standard provides national recognition of the quality of the service you deliver, as well as providing improvements and development ideas to support you in driving your business forward.

To maintain matrix accreditation, your organisation and its service will need to have a review every 3 years.

Preparing for your 3-year accreditation Review

You may wish to complete a Self-Assessment, to ensure there are no gaps in your evidence and consider any changes that have taken place within your organisation in the last 36 months.

If you are happy with your progress and are ready to book your assessment review,  CLICK HERE to access the online booking form – but before you do, please see below the key points to consider when booking your review assessment;

  • Be aware of your accreditation review date to ensure your preferred assessment dates due by the anniversary date.
  • Allow 12 weeks for your preferred assessment dates, in order to give us sufficient time to work with you to plan your reassessment.
  • Please remember we cannot formally confirm and book your onsite dates until all fees are paid.
  • Booking your assessment in advance (i.e. 3months before your review date) means you can secure your Assessors’ availability.
  • If you have had major changes take place within your organisation since your last Continuous Improvement Check, and you are unsure how this impacts your accreditation, then please do contact us or your Assessor for support.

 

 

 

matrix Accreditation Confirmed as a Requirement by ESFA
October 9, 2017
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The Contract T&Cs produced by the ESFA for the current round of procurement of Apprenticeship Training Delivery for Employers not using the Digital Account (Non-Levy)  includes a requirement for organisations to achieve accreditation against the matrix Standard.

The outcome of the Tenders submitted at the end of August will be released at the end of November. The following is an extract from the Contract:

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Is Your matrix Review Assessment Due….
September 15, 2017
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….If so please ensure you complete your booking form in good time.

To give your matrix Assessor time to work with you to plan your reassessment, and for all fees to be paid before the start of the evidence gathering visit, your online booking form needs to be submitted at least 12 weeks before your 3-year anniversary date at the very latest. This is the date that appears on your matrix certificate. For your reference, our booking form can be opened by clicking the following link: http://matrixstandard.com/online-booking-form/

Of the 50 organisations who had a matrix assessment during August, 90% confirmed that their matrix assessment was value for money. Here are just a few of the feedback comments received from Training Providers.

“I wanted an assessor who became part of the team, not a God for us to fear, our Assessor was brilliant…professional, relaxed and provided excellent meaningful feedback, including forward guidance.” Training Provider

“We found the experience an excellent time for reflection and self-assessment as well as development suggestions to maintain progress as a company.” Training Provider

“We had a very positive report, which also contained observations which will add focusing future improvements” Training Provider

“We are satisfied with the benefits we have gained as we are now putting this into practice, upgrading of systems.” Training Provider

 

Have you Booked your matrix Review Assessment Yet?
July 27, 2017
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June was a busy month for the matrix team: 48 organisations booked their matrix three-year review assessments for later in the year and 65 organisations had their three-year assessment visits during the month.

Of the 30 organisations surveyed in June, 24 (86.7%) confirmed that their matrix assessment was value for money. Here are just a few of the feedback comments received.

“Following the assessment, there are a number of improvements we have identified that we can make to our IAG service.” – College

“Great process, hones the organisational approach to best practice.” – Adult Learning Centre

“The whole process has resulted in a much improved IAG service, as well as boosting the confidence of delivery staff and volunteers.” – Training Provider Read more

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