Impartial information advice and guidance (IAG) is fundamental to our mission and strategic plan. Our mission to equip people with the knowledge and skills to succeed in life and work can only be achieved by helping students to make informed decisions that are right for them as individuals. If they are helped onto the right path from the beginning, they will be more likely to achieve high quality outcomes in terms of learning, aspirations and future careers.
IAG is provided through a range of online services (website, Moodle, social networking), offline materials (prospectus, information leaflets, posters, advertising) and information events (course information, interview days, open days). This is mostly information on courses, qualifications, funding, transport, support and progression pathways.
Our support teams work closely with teaching teams to provide IAG throughout the student journey, from initial meeting through interview days to enrolment and induction.
• 86.8% of students who responded to our annual survey agreed that advice college staff provided them about their future career and employment was useful.
• 88.7% of students who responded to the annual survey agreed or strongly agreed that advice college staff provided them about applying for further study was useful.
The College achieved the Matrix Standard in August 2014 and was re-accredited in August 2015, when feedback noted that ‘it is evident that considerable progress has been made and that KMC has gone from strength to strength’. Key strengths were identified as:
• Marketing and promotional activities are dynamic and in tune with how young people access information
• Staff within the College who are responsible for teacher training, student support, admissions and marketing have all achieved a qualification in IAG. The new CEIAG Advisor is an internal appointment which means that she not only has land based expertise, but also a thorough understanding of KM and the local area.
• Progress and targets for every student is held in one place meaning all personnel working with that student are able to provide targeted and relevant IAG. Students can use the information collected to inform CVs and job applications
• The college has a well-developed Moodle site, electronic ILPs (eILPs), sophisticated management information (MIS), good quality and engaging website, and engagement with social media
• Course delivery and qualifications are linked to employment opportunities – for example in Animal Care where specific pathways have been created. new career maps have been produced which link different level qualifications to job opportunities.
For full details of the Matrix Standard for information, advice and guidance, click here.