The matrix standard is a unique quality mark designed to recognise effective, professional high standards of information, advice and guidance to current and potential students, employees and external partners such as schools, parents, carers, employers and the community.
For the fourth consecutive tri-annual assessment The Cheadle and Marple College Network have received a very positive and complimentary quality accreditation report relating to the internal and external information advice and guidance (IAG) interventions across all aspects of College activity.
The accreditation carried out be an external Awarding Body follows rigorous criteria encompassing all types of information, advice and guidance interventions.
Within the matrix Report the highly effective leadership and management and recently introduced House system were praised as were the range of student support, communications with parents / carers, liaison with feeder schools and progression providers and the range of employer contributions and opportunities on offer to students.
The report quotes “the support here (The C&M College Network) is unrivalled” “IAG is part of everyone’s job”
The assessment confirms The Cheadle and Marple College Network commitment to ensuring that every customer receives the highest standards of service. Responses are quick to remedy any deficiencies and standards of service are regularly monitored against performance targets to ensure continuous quality improvement.
The Work Experience Quality Standard is a nationally recognised accreditation awarded to organisations who are assessed as meeting high levels of commitment, preparation and delivery of work experience. The Gold Standard is the highest of three standards and is awarded where there is evidence of exceptional performance, planning, monitoring and support for students and employers.
The C&M College Network have historically been at the forefront of establishing a work placement programme for all students. A dedicated Employer Engagement Team organise over 750 individual work placements with external organisations and employers each year. Our work placements are organised to meet individual need. We use the term “placement” as we offer more than an experience of the world of work. Our collaborations have helped students secure employment, make career choices, excel in their current studies and enhance HE applications. Employers collaborate with us on an ongoing basis due to our professional standards, preparation and monitoring.
The C&M College Network were one of the first Colleges and organisations in the Northwest to be awarded the Gold Standard in March 2014 and have maintained the standard since.
The Cheadle and Marple College Network is a Disability Confident employer and ensures equality through all aspects of human resource activity from vacancy promotion, recruitment, selection, personal development and performance review. Whilst applicants must meet any essential criteria, selection is based solely on merit, qualifications, skills, ability and potential.
Opportunities for disabled people to work across the organisation and at different levels of the structure are considered and, where appointed, reasonable adjustments and appropriate resources are made available to aid an individual.