Approved List of Providers for the Provision of Careers Guidance Services to Schools

Approved List of Providers for the Provision of Careers Guidance Services to Schools

Careers Guidance From April 2012, careers, progression and information, advice and guidance (IAG) support services will be delivered to young people differently by a number of key partners and stakeholders
Contract Ref
LCCEDUC0044
Title
Approved List of Providers for the Provision of Careers Guidance Services to Schools
Description
Approved Provider list: Careers Guidance From April 2012, careers, progression and information, advice and guidance (IAG) support services will be delivered to young people differently by a number of key partners and stakeholders. Schools (all references to schools include academies, SILCs and PRUs) and other learning providers will play a greater role in providing or securing careers guidance and IAG services for learners . Schools, from September 2012, will have a legal duty to ensure pupils have access to impartial careers guidance, independent from the school, which should promote the best interests of the person to whom it is given. Schools are seen to be best placed to make decisions about the kind of support that will meet the needs of their pupils and will be free to exercise their professional judgement in determining arrangements for careers guidance that best suit the needs of pupils in years 9 – 11. Careers guidance and related services will be procured and paid for by schools, directly from providers. The Approved Provider List for Careers Guidance is being developed to help schools choose a provider of careers guidance that offers best value for high quality careers guidance and related services. The list will undertake the first stage of procurement for schools and make it easier for schools to make like-for-like comparisons. The list does not guarantee business to any listed providers, and schools are not required to procure services only from the list Who might be a provider of careers guidance on the Approved Provider list? Some providers may be large organisations with lots of experience of delivering guidance services to young people in a learning environment, other providers may be established companies diversifying into careers guidance or newly established small enterprises, agencies or individual consultants with experience in the field but without direct experience of trading. What will be required of an approved provider for careers guidance This is changing market and changes to national arrangements for careers guidance and transition support for young people mean that not all quality measures that are expected to be in place will be so by the end of 2011. Providers will be expected to provide evidence that they meet any nationally relevant standards emerging beyond that date as part of the annual review process. These future requirements may include: The proposed national quality kitemark for careers guidance providers Evidence that careers guidance professionals meet the Careers Profession Alliance professional standards for careers advisers and careers educators Requirements for inclusion on the approved list from January 2012 are Evidence of relevant experience (question 5) Evidence of local capacity to deliver services (question 4) References (question 1) Finances (section 2) Safeguarding arrangements which meet LCC and Leeds Safeguarding Board standards (question 3) Offering relevant services (question 5) Appropriate record keeping (question 5) Process for a provider to join and remain on the approved list 1.The provider will download and complete a PQQ and submit to LCC 2.The PQQ will be assessed against identified criteria 3.Once the application is considered to meet the criteria, the provider will be invited to attend an interview and make a presentation to a panel drawn from the Careers Guidance Quality Group. 4.Following acceptance on the list, providers will be expected to provide an annual self evaluation, update evidence of meeting emerging quality standards and attend a quality review meeting with representatives from the Careers Guidance Quality Group. 5.A provider may review and change their offer on the approved list 6.Schools will be asked to feed back annually to Leeds City Council on provider performance. This information will be made available to providers in a report, which will be published. 7.In the event of adverse feedback from list users, providers will be expected to develop a plan for improvement which will be agreed and monitored by the Careers Guidance Quality Group. 8.Providers will remain responsible for their own contractual and business relationships with schools. 9.Providers are expected to participate in developmental activities, adapt practice to keep up to date with local and national policy and ensure staff have access to appropriate training and continual professional development, including use of the Insight database. Contractual arrangements Contractual arrangements will be between the school and the service provider. Leeds City Council will provide a standard ABC contract to be used for this purpose but will not have any involvement in contractual arrangements or in mediating in case of dispute. The school will be advised to attach the agreed schedule of services to the contract as delivery plan in an appendix. The approved list will remain open for providers to join at any time. Providers should note that being an ‘approved provider’ does not guarantee any work but is a tool to enable schools, as new commissioners, of these services to achieve best value. Please register for this scheme and download the documentation via the SCMS website (scms.alito.co.uk)
Extension Terms
none
Response Required By
Tue 31 July 2012 at 12:00
Nature of Contract
Approved List
Contract Start Date
Mon 02 January 2012
Contract End Date
Contract Duration (months)
24

 

For further information please contact:

Contact
Amrat Soor (Leeds City Council)
Phone
0113 2475090
Address
Civic Hall Calverley Street Leeds