New National Careers Service contracts start today
From today (Wednesday 1 October), Prospects, the education, employment and training company, will deliver the new National Careers Service contracts in four areas across the UK, three as prime contractor.
In April this year Prospects retained the London contract and also expanded its coverage to include provision of the service in South West and West Midlands, all as prime contractor. As part of the Careers Yorkshire and Humber consortium Prospects will also continue to provide the National Careers Service in South Yorkshire. As the prime contractor, Prospects will also provide the In Custody element of the National Careers Service in its delivery areas and across the whole of Yorkshire and the Humber. This service helps offenders in the resettlement phase to prepare for release and supports them ‘through the gate’. This will include moving into training, learning and jobs, thus ending the reoffending cycle.
The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance for jobseekers and those in work aged 18 and older to manage their career and progress into learning, training and work opportunities. The new delivery model will continue to be provided by qualified careers advisers and will embrace digital technology alongside the familiar face to face service.
Ray Auvray, Chairman of Prospects, said:
“I am delighted that Prospects has been chosen to continue to deliver this important service and in two additional areas. The new areas include the South West where we currently provide a range of services including the Work Programme and the West Midlands where we are a large subcontractor. As the leading provider of careers information, advice and guidance across England, we know how important quality, impartial careers advice is for helping people to find fulfilling jobs which offer the potential to progress to become long-term careers. We look forward to supporting more people into work and learning through the National Careers Service.”