Careers South West Ltd is the leading provider of Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) services in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset and is one of the region’s top performing companies with a strong reputation for pursuing excellence and quality as well as providing value for money.
The Company is wholly owned and controlled by four local authorities: Cornwall Council, Devon County Council, Plymouth City Council and Torbay Council.
Our mission statement is ‘Helping Society Work’ and we do this by:
- Providing an impartial, all age careers information, advice and guidance service to help engage all our customers in learning and work, raising aspirations, improving life chances and personal outcomes
- offering services to organisations that meet the needs of their workforce and clients and provide them with sustainable outcomes
- managing a variety of contracts across the whole of the South West region which support both young people and adults’ transition between education, training and work.
services for young people
Careers South West provides independent and impartial information, advice, guidance and practical help for those aged 13-19. In certain circumstances we also help those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities up to the age of 25.
We have qualified, professional advisers working in locations across Cornwall, Plymouth, Torbay, Devon and Somerset.
Advisers help young people find up-to-date information about careers, jobs, education courses, volunteering, training opportunities and other personal support so that they see all the options open to them.
Annually we support over 140,000 young people to make informed decisions about their future. We actively market our services to schools and colleges in order to both assist them in delivering their statutory duties under the 2011 Education Act and to enhance the delivery of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEiAG).
In Cornwall we provide transition support for young people aged between 13 – 19 years, up to 25 if they have a statement of special education needs or an Education Health Care Plan. Since changes to our funding in April this year our Commissioners have asked us to work with specific vulnerable groups to help with their transitions. These are care leavers and children in care, young carers, young people working with the Youth Offending Service, young people with a statement of special educational needs or Education Health Care Plan and those educated otherwise who are at risk of NEET. As a result we now offer an appointment system which enables us to meet with young people closer to their homes rather than expecting them to come to us. We have also expanded our Adviser on line services to support young people who do not fall into the vulnerable groups.
We continue to work in every education establishment across Cornwall delivering services as above.
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