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Posted By Heather Ette, 24 January 2018

IEP and Careers England sign new partnership agreement to deliver joined up support to the wider sector

The Institute of Employability Professionals (IEP) and Careers England Ltd are delighted to announce their joint partnership to provide learning resources, support and continuous professional development (CPD) for professionals working in employability and careers support roles.

Careers England Ltd is the sole trade association for organisations involved in the provision of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) products and services in England for people of all ages. In a typical academic year Careers England members provide face to face careers support to just under three quarters of a million individuals in England. The members of Careers England Ltd comprise the majority of prime and sub-contracted deliverers of the National Careers Service. They also deliver careers guidance services for local authorities, schools and colleges across England. Careers England works closely with key stakeholders such as the Department for Education, The Careers & Enterprise Company, The Career Development Institute (CDI) and Higher Education Institutions such as the iCeGS at the University of Derby and IfER at the University of Warwick.

The IEP is the membership body for all employability professionals. The IEP is dedicated to supporting the people who support others gain work, progress in work and retain work.

The IEP’s purpose is empowering individuals to perform to a professional standard, championing employability as a recognised profession, securing employer recognition and creating a network of opportunity.

The joint agreement has seen the respective membership organisations sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together on strategic partnerships with a range of stakeholders, partners and government departments to raise the profile of their joint memberships and to seek national joint representation on areas of mutual interest. The MoU will also support the development of the Employability Apprenticeship Trailblazer and disseminate the new standards across the joint memberships after its launch.

IEP Chairman Scott Parkin FIEP said “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Careers England. Through our work with the Employability Apprenticeship Trailblazer we are building new links with a broader range of organisations across the employability profession and we are developing a much better understanding of how we can work together to create a more joined up and co-ordinated approach to delivering our services. Careers England have a wealth of resources which are available to IEP Members including research that backs up the case for good careers and employability skills to be developed for all. We are looking forward to working with our new partners to help achieve our joint aims and vision.”

Careers England Executive Director Steve Stewart said “There was once a time when Careers England did Careers and the IEP did employability. Today is very different – organisations that are involved in the world of preparing people for employment actually do both and that’s because that is what our clients need. The coming together of Careers England and the IEP is logical. There is a mutual dependency from both sectors on each other and indeed many organisations have a foot in both worlds. Our joint partnership will strengthen the benefits we can offer to all our members and ultimately the people we serve.”

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