DCG was assessed for the international quality standard on the support it provides across all its colleges at The Roundhouse, Joseph Wright Centre, Broomfield Hall and Ilkeston Community College as well as community settings.
The assessor’s report particularly commended the cross-college approach to IAG, its strong approach to inclusion and its commitment to raising aspirations in local communities.
It stated: “It was evident throughout the assessment that managers and staff are very focused on the needs of individual students and bring a professional, impartial and objective approach to their work.
“The development of effective pathways into employment and education were consistently reported and evidence of student feedback and discussions with careers guidance partners reinforced this.”
Roger Chapman, Head of the matrix Service for The Growth Company said: “This is a fantastic achievement for DCG and I would like to congratulate the team on their success. We believe that at the heart of high-quality advice and support services are strong leadership, excellent service and a focus on continuous improvement, all underpinned by effective use of the resources available.
“The matrix Standard is designed to benchmark organisations against best practice in these areas. With their accreditation success, DCG is working to provide the best possible support to their students.”
Helen Jefferson, Director of Services for Students said: “IAG is at the heart of everything that we do – focusing on careers not courses to ensure that all of our students have a clear pathway to their future goals.
“The award of the matrix Standard is well justified as the team has helped thousands of students of all ages and circumstances over the years to fulfil their goals – whether that is to go onto university, an apprenticeship, into work or setting up a business.
“With this accreditation, students can be confident that they will continue to receive an excellent standard of information, advice and guidance support.
Find out more about the matrix Standard.