The Kent Guidance Consortium is the government funded Information, Advice and Guidance Partnership for Kent & Medway.
We are a partnership of HE Institutions, FE colleges, Adult Education Providers, Adult Careers Guidance Services, Job Centre Plus, and other statutory, community and learning organisations in Kent & Medway.
Originally founded in 1995 to design and implement guidance standards for local institutions and agencies giving guidance to adults, the KGC successfully bid for IAG pathfinder funding in 1999. We are now funded direct from the Learning & Skills Council Kent & Medway.
Our aim is to deliver information, advice and guidance about learning and work close to where people live and work.
There are Community Learning Advisers across Kent and Medway who make contact with local groups and organisations to offer support in encouraging people to take up learning. They play a key role in helping organisations to network at local Community Learning Forums. They also identify learning needs, and then arrange, where possible, for learning providers to put on courses locally. They are teamed with Community Learning Mentors who provide advice and guidance to individuals and give progression guidance to community based learners.
Partner membership of the Kent Guidance Consortium is offered to community and voluntary groups to improve their capacity to provide good quality information and advice about learning and work to adults in Kent and Medway. Training is offered to staff and volunteers in signposting and referral, underpinned by sets of library resources available to be located in community settings.
There is also a Workforce Development team, dedicated to providing free advice and information about training opportunities and career development for employed people. The team can offer advice on how firms can access free help for staff to improve literacy and numeracy skills, as well as advice to employers and their employees about further education and training programmes available through local training providers, colleges and universities. Individual career development plans including psychometric testing of aptitudes, abilities and work preferences can also be arranged.
If companies are in the unfortunate position of having to make redundancies then our team can help by providing free redundancy counselling and a range of services to help people move quickly into another job or training programme.
The programme of Professional Development Seminars is open to all members of the Consortium. In addition, Open College Network programmes have been developed in Kent & Medway accredited by the Qualifications & Curriculum Authority, to provide professional development for community workers and tutors in IAG Skills. A number of the Level 2 & 3 courses are currently running at local partner colleges and adult education centres. A training needs analysis toolkit for community workers and a basic skills resources pack for personal and career development have been written.
All Information, Advice and Guidance provision is underpinned by the national Matrix quality standards, and where appropriate, voluntary and community based organisations are supported in achieving them.
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