Below is a list of the new NCS areas and contractors (notice the subtle geographical changes – south central area has disappeared altogether and Cumbria is part of the service in the NE).
There will now be a period of transition activity to make sure there is a continued high-quality service for the remainder of current contracts, and to ensure that the new contractors are in place and ready to deliver the National Careers Service from 1 October 2018.
- National Careers Service East of England and Buckinghamshire and National Careers Service East Midlands and Northamptonshire to be delivered by Futures Advice
- National Careers Service London and National Careers Service West Midlands to be delivered by Prospects
- National Careers Service North West to be delivered by Growth Company
- National Careers Service North East and Cumbria to be delivered by EDT
- National Careers Service South East to be delivered by CXK
- National Careers Service South West to be delivered by Adviza
- National Careers Service Yorkshire and Humber – further information will be provided in due course
Futures has re-secured the prestigious National Careers Service contracts for the East Midlands and East of England regions, supporting adults with their career options, worth a combined total of £23,509,698.00 over the next three years.
Having delivered the National Careers Service in the East Midlands since its inception in 2012 and more recently delivering the service in the east of England as well, Futures, the experts in supporting people with jobs, skills advice and training, is delighted to announce its retention of the two contracts. It has supported over a quarter of a million adults with careers advice and guidance in that time, with a further 191,970 now scheduled to receive support over the next three years.
The not-for-profit business will now continue to deliver the service across both regions for the next three years, following a Government-run competitive tender process.
The National Careers Service provides personalised careers information, advice, and guidance services to all adults, via individual and group face-to-face sessions, over the telephone, through digital and social media platforms, with particular emphasis on people who may need more help in developing their career management skills and progressing in work or learning.
Over the last five years the National Careers Service has demonstrated consistent improvement in quality across all aspects of the service. It has provided locally tailored information advice and guidance and supported customers to achieve positive outcomes particularly for those who are most disadvantaged in the labour market. Read more
These documents set out the rules for funding and associated evidence needed for the National Careers Service area-based contracts which apply from 1 April 2018.
The overall quality of the service continued to be rated highly by telephone and face-to-face customers, with over nine in ten (93%) agreeing that it was good. Read more
National Careers Service advisers can provide you with information, advice and guidance on skills, learning and work. Explore the different ways to get in touch with an adviser.
Webchat: Chat with an adviser using webchat (8am to 10pm, 7days a week).
Phone: Call 0800 100 900 to speak to an adviser (8am to 10pm, 7 days a week). Calls are free from landlines and most mobile numbers. Find out more about call charges and freephone numbers.
Email: Email your question or query and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
The following link takes you to the NCS website where you can find information for your area, such as local job market information, local events, case studies, regional economic aims, local careers offices, and work experience opportunities.
To access the web page Click Here
The Skills Funding Agency is responsible for the commissioning, contracting and performance management of the National Careers Service (https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx).
All contractors operate as one service using a single brand, tools and IT infrastructure which facilitates signposting and referral between the telephone, face to face and web channels in response to customer needs.
The telephone channel delivers information and advice over the telephone, web chat, email and web forums. There is a separate supplier for the young people’s careers helpline and the adult careers helpline. Bi-lingual advisers are also available in eight languages: Farsi, French, Gujarati, Polish, Punjabi, Somali, Sylheti and Urdu.
Face-to-face advice is delivered through eleven prime contractors in twelve geographical areas. They are responsible for the engagement of sub-contractors, ensuring that they deliver the brand values and service.
- West Midlands – Prospects
- South West – Prospects
- London – Prospects
- Yorkshire and Humber – Careers Y&H
- Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Warrington & Staffs – Economic Solutions
- Liverpool City Region, Cumbria & Lancashire – Economic Solutions
- North East – CfBT
- South Central – CfBT
- South East – CXK
- Thames Valley – Adviza
- Central Eastern – Futures Advice
- East Midlands – Futures Advice
For more information Click Here