Connexions Sandwell has been awarded the prestigious matrix (corr) Standard for the high level of careers information, advice and guidance they provide to young people aged from 13-19 years, and up to 25 years for people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
The matrix Standard is the international quality standard for organisations that deliver information, advice and/or guidance (IAG) either as their sole purpose or part of their service offering.
Roger Chapman, head of the matrix Service for The Growth Company, said:
“This is a fantastic achievement for Connexions Sandwell and I would like to congratulate the team on their success.
“We believe that at the heart of high-quality advice and support services are strong leadership, excellent service and a focus on continuous improvement, all underpinned by effective use of the resources available.
“The matrix Standard is designed to benchmark organisations against best practice in these areas.
“With their accreditation success, Connexions Sandwell is working to provide the best possible support to their clients.”
Erroll Blackwood, careers strategy manager at Connexions Sandwell, said:
“Connexions’ key contribution to this aspiration is to ensure that all young people aged 16-18, and up to 25 years if they have SEND, are able to gain employment, training and/or education, through effective and professional, advice and guidance (IAG) which prepares them for their future lives.”
Councillor Karen Simms, cabinet member for Best Start in Life, praising the achievement, said:
“The Connexions Sandwell team is a key player in ensuring as many young people as possible in the borough have a positive destination after school.
"I am extremely proud of the team who through their tenacious and committed work have achieved the matrix Standard in these challenging Covid times.”
Sandwell Council Leader, Councillor Rajbir Singh, adding his congratulations, said:
“It’s great to know that our young people are getting the best possible advice and support as they move forward into employment, training or further educational opportunities.”