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:
….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 submittedat least 12 weeks before your 3-year anniversary dateat the very latest. This is the date that appears on your matrixcertificate. 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
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
Solvo Vir, a specialist provider of apprenticeships and training, has been awarded the matrix Standard in recognition of the high standard of information, advice and guidance it provides.
The accreditation reflects the quality of information the firm was judged to provide to learners on its programmes and to its own staff, supporting them in their choice of career, learning, work and life goals.
The matrix assessment took the form of a rigorous two-day audit including interviews with staff at the firm’s offices in Sale, Manchester. Assessors also spoke to Solvo Vir’s funders and learners, covering four key areas: Leadership and Management, Resource, Service Delivery and Continuous Quality Improvement.
The assessor’s report noted many positive comments from the firm’s learners. The fact that the Solvo Vir staff have industry experience was particularly appreciated, as one learner stated, “Because they know the different routes and which qualification would help me.”
Solvo Vir Managing Director, Carl Smith says: “The matrix Standard is an industry-recognised quality mark and a fantastic achievement after 10 months of hard work and commitment. We aspire to achieve excellence in all areas and the matrix accreditation is a great way to confirm our high standards for our employees and learners. I am very proud of the team.
“It also comes at a time when companies affected by the Apprenticeship Levy are looking to private training providers who are on the register for provision. The recognition is very fresh and highlights the level of excellence we are operating at right now. It’s the first step on our journey to OFSTED outstanding.”
If your matrix 3-year assessment review is duewithin the next 6 months you need to be thinking about submitting a booking form so that your matrix Assessor can begin to work with you to plan your review assessment. To access the booking form Click Here
If you are unsure of when you 3-year anniversary date is, please check the date on your matrix certificateor give Assessment Services a call on +44 (0)20 3880 5059 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and the team can check for you. It is important that your review assessment takes place as close to your anniversary date as possible.
If you have members of your team who are new to matrix, then they may find our next matrix webinar interesting. It is on 27th June at 6pm – to register Click Here
Below is just a snapshot of the feedback we have received from customers who have had their 3-year review assessment in the last 6 weeks.
As you will be aware your organisation’s matrix certification has to be renewed every three years.
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:
If you have any questions about your 3-year review assessment, then please do not hesitate to contact your matrix Assessor, or Assessment Services via the email, email@example.com, or by calling us on 020 3880 5059.
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