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What Is The Richter Scale?

The Richter Scale is one excellent way to measure soft outcomes and distance travelled.

This is a user-friendly tool based on a set of sliding scales which are designed to measure soft indicators and distance travelled.

The Richter Scale® is a simple motivational assessment designed to measure soft indicators and distance travelled.

The tool itself is an A4 size hand-held board with ten headings down the left-hand side and a magnetic slider for each heading. This slider can be moved along a scale of 0 to 10, enabling the user to scale how they feel about each topic.

The process is empowering for the individual, encouraging them to see the ‘bigger picture’ and realise how different aspects of their life impact on each other. With the interviewer, the individual can explore possibilities, make informed choices and take responsibility for their own goals.

A larger group might want to follow the Richter Scale and purchase the resources, or a smaller group or project might want to sue the general idea to develop your own tool for the people you work with.

For More Information Visit: http://www.rickterscale.com/


The “Outcomes Star”
May 15, 2018

Sometimes it can be difficult to measure what we typically call ‘soft’ outcomes – and the “Outcome Star” is one way in which this difficulty might be overcome.

The “Outcome Star” is a visual, graph or map in, as the name suggests,  the shape of a many-pointed star.

Each point of the star represents a different scale and these are used to measure the change when working with people. There are a number of different versions of the star depending on the people you are working with and what your project aims to achieve. There are numerous Stars you can develop to measure outcomes relevant to you. For example:

  • Community development
  • Worklessness
  • Progres towards the labour market
  • Youth work
  • Mental health
  • Wellbeing
  • Confidence

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Personal Independence Payment Customer Journey Films
April 26, 2018

DWP has published 5 short videos to help give people an overview of the process of claiming Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

As part of the government’s commitment to continuously improving our services, today (26 April 2018) the Department for Work and Pensions has launched 5 short videos to help give people an overview of the process of claiming Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

The videos offer more choice to people who may prefer to consume information about PIP through online channels, as and when they want it.

The films aim to support claimants at each stage of the PIP claim. They provide a clear and simple overview of the process – so that people understand what to expect at each step of the way and what they need to do when making a claim.

Each can be watched as a standalone film or together in sequence. So, whether someone is thinking about making a claim for PIP and wants to find out more before they decide, or if they need some more information about how long things may take and what they need to do next, the films can provide guidance.

These videos are in addition to the range of support going through the claims process, such as GOV.UK information and the PIP Enquiry phone line on 0800 121 4433.

What the videos are about
1. Is PIP for you or someone you know?

This film focuses on the steps before the claim and an overview of who might be eligible. Read more

Data Protection: Toolkit for Schools
April 25, 2018

The Department for Education has published guidance to support schools with data protection activity, including compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). 

To prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force in May 2018 all organisations handling personal data, including schools, need to have the right governance measures.

This guidance will help schools develop policies and processes for data management, from collecting and handling the data through to the ability to respond quickly and appropriately to data breaches.

As this is new content DfE are asking schools and other interested parties for feedback. These responses will then be used to improve and update the guidance.

Please send any comments by 1 June 2018 to data.modernisation@education.gov.uk with the subject heading ‘GDPR toolkit feedback’.



20 Top LinkedIn Tips
April 16, 2018

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network, with a mission to connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful.

The following 20 top tips, first published in http://www.marketingdonut.co.uk might be of value to customers seeking a new role or thinking of establishing their own business.

To get started with LinkedIn you need to set up both a personal profile and company page – but then what?

Luan Wise explains what to do next.

  1. Make sure you are presenting yourself in the best possible way – with a good profile photo, a strong headline, and all the key sections filled in.
  2. Personalise your URL, and include it on your business card, in your email signature and as a link from the ‘About’ information on your website.
  3. LinkedIn is not a place for pitching, so remove any bullet-pointed lists about your services and add rich media links that highlight your work instead. Video and documents can be added to the summary and experience sections of your profile.
  4. Make sure your contact details are clearly visible on your LinkedIn profile. Make it easy for people to get in touch with you. Include your phone number and email address as part of your summary section call to action, as well as completing the contact section fields.
  5. Check your settings and privacy. Ensure you know what information you are sharing with your network before you update your profile or post any content. Are you happy for your network to see all of your connections, for example?
  6. Go through that box or drawer of business cards you’ve been collecting at networking events and meetings, and add them to your LinkedIn network. Read more
Video: GDPR Guidance for Schools
March 24, 2018

Iain Bradley from the DfE explains how schools can review and improve their handling of personal data.

Computing Disciplines in Canada: A Quick Guide for Prospective Students and Career Advisors
November 16, 2017

The field of computing has expanded rapidly over the past 10 years, and students need more information about the field and its related careers.

In reality, there is no single computing discipline but at least five. Including different sub-specialities, there are dozens of possible computing educational paths for prospective students.

This guide, produced by Mount Royal University in Canada and funded by CERIC, outlines the five computing disciplines identified by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and how the disciplines relate to specific job titles and tasks. Information about additional training and specializations are also provided along with links to Canadian occupational information resources.

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Sharing expertise to improve local commissioning in employment and skills
October 4, 2016

Sam Windett, Head of Policy and Communications, Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) shares her views on local commissioning.

In an increasingly complex and fragmented employment support and skills landscape, with government funding reducing and the role of local bodies expanding, getting commissioning right at a local level has never been so important. The opportunities are huge – services can be better tailored to the needs of local residents and businesses – but the challenges are immense. The employment support sector is seeing a rise in complicated procurement arrangements and never-before-tried processes. Whilst undertaken with the best intentions, local commissioning can be easily undermined by simple mistakes such as ill-judged design decisions or a lack of dialogue with local providers.

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Example IAG Service Guidance Booklet
August 29, 2016

Founded in 1903, the Workers Education Associationhttp://www.wea.org.uk/ –  is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education in England and Scotland. The WEA is a charity dedicated to bringing high-quality, professional education into the heart of communities. With the support of nearly 3,000 volunteers, 2,000 tutors and over 10,000 members, they deliver friendly, accessible and enjoyable courses for adults from all walks of life.

They have produced an IAG service guidance booklet for Branches, Partners, Tutors, Organisers and Administrators. It highlights that everyone in the WEA provides information and advice of some kind during the course of their work, whether this is to colleagues, to members of the public or to students. Collectively this work is often referred to as ‘Information, Advice and Guidance’ (IAG). The IAG we deliver in the WEA adheres to the matrix  standard.  http://matrixstandard.com/ 

In the guidance booklet, they set out and explain:

  • The IAG Services’ Values, Aims and Objectives
  • The role of the IAG Service
  • Guidance for Tutors and their role within the IAG Service

To access the guidance document  Click Here

The Careers & Enterprise Company Activity Toolkit

The Careers & Enterprise Companhttps://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/ is an employer-led organisation that has been set up to inspire and prepare young people for the fast-changing world of work. They  aim to help motivate young people, support them in making informed choices about their future and help them achieve against those choices.

Thier role is to take an umbrella view of the landscape of careers and enterprise, supporting programmes that work, filling gaps in provision and ensuring coverage across the country.

The company is committed to being evidence-based, building on ‘what works’, and taking a pragmatic view of regional variations in the careers, enterprise and employment landscape, adapting its approach as required.

They are supporting Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) https://www.lepnetwork.net/ to establish an Enterprise Adviser Network across the country. It’s a simple model that’s easy to manage and one that is agile, flexible and easily scaled to meet local demands.

The Enterprise Adviser Programme will create a network of brokerage between employers and schools, giving greater consistency and coverage than exists today. It aims to motivate young people, support them in making informed choices about their future and help them achieve their full potential, both in and out of school.

Employed or funded by Local Enterprise Partnerships, (LEPs), Enterprise Coordinators (ECs) will direct and manage a network of up to 20 Enterprise Advisers (EAs) who will each be matched with a school in their local area. Both the ECs and EAs will be drawn from the local employer community and each regional cluster will have a governance board with relevant local parties represented.

To access the Careers Enterprise Co Activity Toolkit Click Here