Leeds City Council has announced igen as an approved provider of careers guidance services to schools in Leeds.
Following a tendering round igen has been selected for the Leeds Approved List of Providers for the Provision of Careers Guidance Services to Schools.
From September 2012 schools will have a legal duty to ensure their pupils have access to independent and impartial careers guidance. Schools are seen to be best placed to make decisions about the kind of support that will meet the needs of their pupils. Schools will be free to exercise their professional judgement in determining arrangements for careers guidance that best suit the needs of their pupils in years 9 – 11.
Schools can procure independent careers guidance and related services directly from providers.
In response to the need for schools to procure independent impartial Careers Guidance , Leeds City Council has developed the Approved Provider list for Careers Guidance to support schools to choose a provider that offers high quality careers guidance and related services.
igen has been delivering careers guidance and personal development services to young people and adults in Leeds for over 16 years and has a deep understanding of both careers guidance and the skills needs and opportunities of the local economy.igen delivers Connexions Targeted Support to young people across Leeds, Next Step careers advice to adults from igen’s Training and Advice Centre on Eastgate, and Foundation Learning and The REAL programme for unemployed young people. Reducing youth unemployment is a priority for Leeds City Council.
igen is at the forefront of careers information, advice and guidance in England. igen Chief Executive Steve Higginbotham, who is also the Immediate Past President of the Institute of Career Guidance, said:
“We are delighted to have been accepted onto the Leeds Approved Provider list. igen is a Leeds based company that has supported the city in its growth and development over the past 16 years. We work with Head Teachers to develop bespoke services which meet the needs of schools and young people and look forward to working with schools, academies and colleges in Leeds to meet their individual requirements and deliver the highest quality service that young people in Leeds deserve”.