Recognition of Quality Award (RoQA)
The Recognition of Quality Award (RoQA) is managed by Essex County Council and is a nationally validated quality kite mark that has been in operation since the late 1990s and is designed to assess the quality of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG), Work Related Education (WRE), Education to Business links or Business to Education links. However, the most popular awards are CEIAG or WRE.
- Education establishments choose the award they would like to progress, and once they have signed the agreement they are issued with the latest Principles and Criteria (P&C) which include:
- Impartiality (supports CEIAG)
- The average completion for each award is 18 months - two years with an expectation that schools will embark on a reaccreditation process within 2.5years to ensure continued improvement. In addition schools will also reflect on their programme annually with the Audit.
- Establishment's build a portfolio of evidence to meet the P & C. The portfolio can be either 'hard copy' or an 'E' portfolio. The 'E' portfolio is supported through a website called the 'EAPDC'. An E forum has been developed within the 'E' portfolio to enable all members of RoQA to access the site resources and support each other through the award and the ongoing development of their CEIAG programme.
- The framework has recently been reviewed to ensure it meets new national policies and also the local needs.
If you would like further information or advice, please contact Tracy Eve on 03330 130935 or email@example.com
Employability for Life Charter/Charter Plus
The Employability for Life Award (EFL) offers young people the opportunity to understand and develop their skill set to support them into employment or education. To achieve the award involves young people gathering the evidence from all their school, extracurricular projects and activities outside of the school environment. This evidence is then used to produce a portfolio, against the EFL Framework, that will promote their Employability Skills. Young people who have attained the award have taken their portfolio to interviews with employers, education programmes or apprenticeships. The Charter is suitable for Pre 16 students and the Charter Plus supports Post 16 students. ECC and the EFL Steering Group will support in the moderating of folders to ensure they meet the required standards. On achievement of the award, ECC will issue certificates for the students. This award and further support is offered to school free of charge to support the development of employability skills in young people.
If you would like more information or to run the Award in your establishment, please contact Tracy Eve on 03330130935 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see below for our brochures and forms relating to the EFL Charter and Charter Plus
EFL Charter Plus Handbook (for Post 16 Students)
Apprenticeship Promotion and Brokerage Hub
The Hub aims to raise awareness of apprenticeships as a progression route for students in year 11, 12 and 13, in the Basildon and Brentwood areas, and support them in securing an apprenticeship vacancy.
By engaging with local employers and training providers we are able to match students with good quality apprenticeships and increase the number of opportunities available locally.
Services available to schools and students are
· Awareness raising events
· Group work sessions (CV writing, interview techniques, application form completion etc)
· On-going support and one to one sessions (interview preparation etc)
· Distribution of weekly apprenticeship vacancy bulletin
For more information about how the Hub can support your careers education programme please contact email@example.com or call 03330 139858.
We can also provide information to students outside of Basildon and Brentwood, please contact the above for information.
Summer 2017 Events:
ESB Education and Industry STEM Programme
Responding to cross-sector needs and skills shortages, the programme links businesses to schools through a range of activities and events, from industry-led projects to masterclasses.
Please note that we currently at capacity and at this time cannot accept any new schools onto our programme. However, please register your interest here so we can keep your school in mind should a place become available.
Careers and Enterprise Network
What is the Careers and Enterprise Network?
The Careers and Enterprise Company has been launched by government to prepare and inspire students for the world of work. Schools and businesses have the opportunity to become part of a national network which is currently active in 36 out of 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships. The network aims to link every secondary school and college across Greater Essex with managers and directors from the seven priority sectors identified by the ESB.
How does the network work?
Local employers, acting as Enterprise Advisors (EAs), will volunteer with the senior leadership team of a school for eight hours a month and develop an employer engagement plan or strategy. They will provide counsel to a school and work to sharpen a school’s current career strategy with the support of an Enterprise Coordinator. We are working with Southend and Thurrock to provide a Greater Essex approach.
For more information on the Careers and Enterprise Network please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ESB Careers Fact Sheets
Our careers fact sheets are fun, exciting and insightful booklets, designed to inform students and their parents about the key sectors in Essex. Built from critical information from our Evidence Base, our research is brought to life in a fun, vibrant and interactive format where people of all ages can learn about the wonderful local opportunities on offer.
These fact sheets cover the seven priority sectors of Greater Essex as identified by the Board: Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, Care, Construction, Finance and Insurance, Health, IT, Digital and Creative and Logistics. As well as a host of valuable LMI, these careers fact sheets each have a competition where participants could win one of seven £30 Amazon.co.uk gift vouchers.