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Q&A's about the Employability Chartermark

The following are the educational establishment who have been awarded the Employability Chartermark.

Why has the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership developed the Employability Chartermark and why is it needed?

There is a national need to effectively support young people entering the labour market, ensuring that they have the skills, attributes and attitudes need to improve their employability. One of the Local Enterprise Partnership’s explicit objectives is to deliver a well-motivated workforce with skills to meet business needs. This objective has been one of the key drivers associated with the creation, development and promotion of the Employability Chartermark.

What are the Criteria? 

Through the Chartermark educational Institutions and business are committed to ensuring young people are works ready by providing:

  • An effective system of advice and guidance
  • Direct exposure to the work environment
  • Specific and tailored learning support in key areas including preparation of CVs, applications forms, interviews and attitude to work
  • Direct involvement of businesses in career briefing, development of the curriculum and mentoring of students, in particular those who are at risk of falling out of education training or employment

How will it be assessed?

Educational institutions and businesses will be awarded the Employability Chartermark by meeting the 12 quality standard criteria and a final independent assessment before gaining the Award.

Which are the 12 practice indicators?

  1. Commitment form - to be signed by Head teacher and Chair of the Board of Governors
  2. Indicators, guidance, logo (commitment) - sent to committed Institutions


  1. Audit  - online self assessment tool comprising 12 indicators, to be completed by institution and submitted
  2. Phase 1 Action Plan -  generated by ECM team and sent to institution lead, following the completion of the online audit 
  3. 1 on 1 visit  -  discussion of action plan, implementation and timescales
  4. Phase 2 Audit – Institution review progress online against Phase 1 Action Plan. Phase 2 Action Plan created showing evidence of continuous improvement against indicators. Action plan generated by ECM team and sent to institution
  5. School submit Phase 2 review - Action plan generated by ECM team and sent to institution lead along with request for assessment form 
  6. Assessment form  - Competed by institution lead and returned to Norma Jaggon-Barrett  or Gill Carter
  7. Assessment form passed to Independent Assessor - Assessor to liaise with Institution leadto set up assessment date
  8. Assessment Report - written by assessor following assessment visit and sent to ECM team, who will forward to ECM lead
  9. Presentation Event - award and logo (achieved)


  1. Re-assessment every 12 months

Is there a financial cost?

As part of the LEP continued support and commitment to assisting West of England Educational Institutions to achieve the Chartermark, institutions engaging in 2015 will only be asked, at the point of assessment, to cover the cost of their final assessment and presentation plague.

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