Matrix re-accreditation achieved at Bracknell & Wokingham College

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Matrix re-accreditation achieved at Bracknell & Wokingham College

26 June 2017

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College top of the class for careers advice and guidance!

Bracknell & Wokingham College is proud to announce that it has been re-accredited against the Matrix Standard for the next three years, the maximum period possible.

The Matrix Standard is the international quality standard for organisations that deliver information, advice and guidance (IAG) as part of their service offering. It helps providers to improve their services by benchmarking against best practice and it offers accreditation to those that meet the full standard. “The quality of the Careers Advice is a real strength. Careers sessions are in depth and frequently last over an hour. Staff are well qualified and maintain their expertise and knowledge through networking and memberships.”

The matrix quality mark demonstrates that the College offers the highest quality IAG services, which ultimately support learners in their choice of course, career, learning, work and life goals. “Students described how the staff had advised them on a broad range of career options, as well as different pathways, and also employability. They gave examples of how both HE and vocational routes had been referenced, and the importance of building skills and experience alongside qualifications.”

Gaining this prestigious mark of excellence involved a week-long assessment; during which a matrix assessor interviewed staff, students and partner organisations and assessed the college’s procedures for giving guidance.

Jon Samson, Student Services Manager, was delighted with the outcome of the assessment:

“Thank you to all those that participated and helped us achieve this nationally recognised accreditation!”

The report highlights the effectiveness of the information, advice and guidance service that Bracknell & Wokingham College provides. It draws attention to the continually developing strategic plan to grow the business, empower delivery staff, and of the process to develop an infrastructure to support future developments. The assessor noted that “the focus on employability is a key strength, the development of the employability passport and work experience for all full time students have been are particularly significant. Students spoke about receiving information and advice related to employability - for example the need to gain experience through volunteering or part time work, job search skills, interview coaching and personal presentation.”

The Matrix assessor's report identifies some of the college’s key strengths including, “sessions are easy to book and students are seen promptly. Students said – “I can’t believe there is anyone here who wouldn’t know about the Careers Advice service. It’s really easy to book an appointment – you can just go to the Student Services desk”.

The report continues with the following statements, “the availability of the Careers Advice service is well publicised and access is easy – this starts prior to students enrolling in the College; is a part of fresher’s events and induction; is referenced in the Student Handbook and advertised in the newsletters and on posters around the College.”

The Matrix Assessor was impressed with the various ways the college chooses to communicate with its students and the general public; with the use of Facebook and Twitter, the Principal’s blog and regular reports sent to students and parents to let them know what is happening around the college.

The report also confirms the college’s ethos of students working towards their future and of helping them to stretch themselves to be all that they can be.

Anyone who is wondering what career step to take next can access the college’s advice and support for free! Call 01344 868600, come and see us at our Church Road Centre or email study@bracknell.ac.uk or visit www.bracknell.ac.uk.

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