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Handbook of Career Advice Skills from VRC and the IEP
August 22, 2018
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VRC Ltd with the support of the IEP is offering the Handbook of Career Advice Skills, free to use. Constructed through a five-country, three-year research and testing project, the Handbook is for all people whose work includes helping disadvantaged people find employment. 

The Handbook provides learning materials, processes and quality controls to improve the skills and performance of employment advisors. It can improve employment guidance and enhance customers’ ability to get work. With it, and alongside your existing services or training, you can create flexible courses suited to your organisation, your customers, employers and your employment goals.

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Consultation Survey – Employability Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard (Level 4)

As you may be aware in January 2017, the Institute of Employability Professionals (IEP) was approached to discuss, building on previous conversations, the development of an Apprenticeship Trailblazer.

After just over a year of meetings, debate and hard work we are now able to consult, as widely as possible, with the sector about our Standard, developed by the Employer Group (ETEG). This is not only ‘good practice’ it is a requirement, prior to submission, to the Route Panel at the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA). Not only will we have to demonstrate that we have consulted widely but that we have listened and taken on board comments, making changes to the Standard where necessary.

We have developed an ‘Employability Practitioner’ Standard (Level 4). We would greatly appreciate it if you could respond to the survey questions, providing feedback on what we have developed using your industry knowledge, experience and expertise. It is expected that the survey will take no longer than 10 minutes and in many cases less time will be required.

Please find the link to the online survey here

For those partners who are able to organise Focus Group(s)/Consultation Forums then the hard copy is available here

N.B. Focus Groups/Consultation Forums
We will enable ETEG Members and those in Strategic Partnership organisations to pull together people from their services and meet to debate and discuss answers to the questions. This should provide response richness and will, likely, deliver more thought out, challenged and overall useful feedback although we expect that these Forums will be limited in number due to available resources within the sector. Read more

Channel 4 Introduces TV Sector Guide on Employing Disabled
March 14, 2018
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The  IEP has reported that Channel 4 has produced a pioneering guide to employing disabled people which has been specially tailored for the TV industry.

The guide offers companies in the broadcast sector a range of practical advice on employing disabled people including how to find disabled talent, how to make a company more attractive to disabled people and ways to offer support to disabled employees.

The guide explains basic information such as what is meant by ‘disability’, guidance around language and some simple do’s and don’t’s and also offers focussed advice on how an employer might make adjustments for specific conditions such as hearing impairments,
mental health conditions or dyslexia and dyspraxia.

Employing Disabled Talent – a guide for the TV sector was commissioned by Channel 4’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer and Board Diversity Champion Dan Brooke who said: “The representation of disabled people in our industry is still woefully low.

“We want to help people in the TV sector; we want to help our suppliers and partners understand the value to be had in employing disabled people and give them practical guidance to help them feel more confident in doing so.” Read more

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.

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Employability Apprenticeship Trailblazer Hits New Milestone with EOI Submission
January 23, 2018
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An article by Claire Illingworth MIEP ACIP, People Development Consultant at Seetec and Chair of the Employability Trailblazer Employer Group (ETEG)

We are one step closer on our journey to develop new standards for Employability Practitioners and Lead Employability Practitioners within the Apprenticeship Trailblazer. After almost a year of discussion, debate and great levels of collaboration with colleagues in the ETEG, our Expression of Interest was submitted to the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) on the 16th January. The IfA will now consider our submission and we should hear within the next 6-8 weeks about what we need to do next. 

The journey to this point has delivered quite a lot of learning and it all started with the launch meeting in March last year.  This was the first time we had key sector employers around the table, all having had a previous or continuing relationship with the IEP, coming together to agree that what we wanted to do was to develop new standards for the Employability sector.  Read more

ViewPoint: The Employability Trailblazer by Scott Parkin
December 15, 2017
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The following article by Scott Parkin FIEP | FRSA, Chairman, Institute of Employability Professionals (IEP), first appeared in The Skills, Employment & Health Journal.

As the only professional membership institute presenting frontline employability professionals, the IEP are committed to the development of the employability profession and its wider skills and advice sector. We strongly feel that the development of our profession should encompass a shared understanding about the skills, training and qualification standards/ frameworks which are accessible by all those responsible for helping people move toward and into work.

We are extremely pleased, therefore, to be at the forefront of the new Trailblazer initiative aimed at setting standards for the profession that will build better services, delivering better outcomes. The Employability Trailblazer has gained real momentum following the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy and has provided an opportunity for us, as a sector, to consider and reflect on the day-to-day challenges faced by our frontline employees, now and in the future, and to ensure that wherever frontline staff are operating, they are given the same chance to share learning and access resources so that everyone is equipped with the same high level of expertise.

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