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Futures celebrates National Careers Service contracts win

John Yarham, Futures’ Chief Executive

Futures has re-secured the prestigious National Careers Service contracts for the East Midlands and East of England regions, supporting adults with their career options, worth a combined total of £23,509,698.00 over the next three years.

Having delivered the National Careers Service in the East Midlands since its inception in 2012 and more recently delivering the service in the east of England as well, Futures, the experts in supporting people with jobs, skills advice and training, is delighted to announce its retention of the two contracts. It has supported over a quarter of a million adults with careers advice and guidance in that time, with a further 191,970 now scheduled to receive support over the next three years.

The not-for-profit business will now continue to deliver the service across both regions for the next three years, following a Government-run competitive tender process.

The National Careers Service provides personalised careers information, advice, and guidance services to all adults, via individual and group face-to-face sessions, over the telephone, through digital and social media platforms, with particular emphasis on people who may need more help in developing their career management skills and progressing in work or learning.

Over the last five years the National Careers Service has demonstrated consistent improvement in quality across all aspects of the service. It has provided locally tailored information advice and guidance and supported customers to achieve positive outcomes particularly for those who are most disadvantaged in the labour market.

Through effective partnership working with employers, further and higher education providers, local partners and the third sector, the service will continue to play a direct, enabling role in connecting people to learning, technical education, apprenticeship, higher education and work opportunities.

John Yarham, Futures’ Chief Executive, responsible for delivery of the National Careers Service in this region, said:

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“The team deserves huge congratulations for delivering an impressive service, worthy of retaining these contracts, which was also recognised in our Outstanding grade from Ofsted last year.”

Michelle Wright, Operations Director at Futures, said: “Successfully retaining the delivery of the National Careers Service contracts in these regions is a real boost. It’s also a testament to the hard work and commitment of the teams who have been delivering the service over the recent years.

“I’m so proud of the service we have delivered to hundreds of thousands of adults in our regions. We look forward to continuing to deliver this service and building on the many other programmes we have already established with individuals, employers, schools and colleges.”

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