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Posted By Heather Ette, 07 February 2018

matrix Join the Employability Trailblazer Group

The IEP are delighted to announce that Assessment Services Ltd who manage the assessment process for both the matrix Standard and the Merlin Standard have joined the Employability Trailblazer Employer Group to assist in the process of developing the new standards for Employability Practitioners and Lead Employability Practitioners within the Apprenticeship Trailblazer.

Assessment Services Ltd is an international company with over 20 years of experience in assessment and accreditation, assessing a range of standards in different industry sectors. They will be joining the Trailblazer Employer Group in an advisory capacity to help provide guidance that will assist in the assessment process and help to ensure the group deliver quality standards that will improve standards in the employability sector.

Kathy Leahy, matrix Standard Contract Manager (pictured above) said “The importance of having competent staff is absolutely integral to the delivery of high quality information, advice and guidance, whether in employability or any other area. We welcome the development of recognised standards in the employability sector and look forward to working with the IEP and the Employability Trailblazer Employer Group towards this aim”.

IEP Chairman Scott Parkin FIEP said “The matrix Standard is a unique quality standard for organisations to assess and measure their advice and support services, which ultimately supports people in their choice of career, learning, work and life goals. As the Guardians of the matrix Standard, Assessment Services’ experience and knowledge will be hugely beneficial to the development of our new standards and we are really excited to have them on board.

“We are also committed to the sharing of knowledge and best practice across the sector and beyond and so we are providing access for the Merlin and Matrix Assessors to IEP information and services.

“The Expression of Interest for the new standards for Employability Practitioners and Lead Employability Practitioners was submitted to the Institute for Apprenticeships on the 16th January. They will now consider the submission with a response expected in early March 2018. The next steps following this will be to develop the final Standards, the Assessment Plan and to agree the End Point Assessment process so still much to do and to support with but much progress to date.”

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