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Matrix Standard accreditation for Enable

We are proud to announce that Enable has been accredited the matrix quality standard for information advice and guidance.

Matrix certificate

What is the matrix Standard?

It is the international quality standard for organisations that deliver information, advice and/or guidance (IAG). Either as their sole purpose or as part of their service offering.

The matrix Standard is the Department for Education’s (DfE) standard for ensuring the quality of the delivery of high-quality information, advice and guidance. The DfE supports the matrix Standard as the quality framework for accrediting information, advice and guidance contracts including the National Careers Service, its subcontractors and other services delivered on behalf of the Education Skills Funding Agency.

It helps providers to improve their services by benchmarking against best practice and it offers accreditation to those that meet the full standard.

For more information visit here.

Enable’s matrix report

Last week (12th January 2021) Enable were visited, virtually, by our assessor. The assessor spoke with many of our colleagues regarding the practises within Enable, as well as speaking to some of our delivery partners, members and learners.

He found a number of positives for Enable including:

  • Enable provides clear leadership for it’s consortium members with very good direction, communication and decision making. Enable has an excellent reputation for delivery and very good learner outcomes.
  • Partners interviewed consistently praised the quality of delivery and the high standard of support for members. Partners cited the professionalism and enthusiasm of staff and their positive attitude.
  • There was much evidence of progression, especially for learners whose self-belief had been low. Access to Higher Education which uses the Advance Learner Loans effectively is an exemplar of improving opportunities and creating excellent progression, derived through high quality IAG.
  • Enable’s responsibilities are discharged effectively and consistently with regard to safeguarding and health and safety. Enable’s approach to the coronavirus lockdown demonstrated absolute commitment to safe working practices and procedures that ensured risks were minimised and learners would feel safe and be safe.

Future improvements

Since our last review by matrix, we have improved our IAG. We have updated our website, improved and increased our use of social media. We have ensured that our learners are aware of the opportunities available to them upon completion of their course, and we have offered Continuous Professional Development (CPD) opportunities for our staff, delivery partners and members.

We will continue to look for ways to improve our communication with our members, followers and learners. In order to do this effectively we require feedback from our learners, members and business partners that we work with.

If you have worked with us, please contact us and share your experience.

What our learners had to say in the matrix standard report:

“I would not have made it to university without Enable. I was given really thorough advice at the enquiry stage of applying for my Access to HE – History course and I’ve been given lots of help. Even though I started in November I know what I have to achieve up to June and I’ve had offers from two universities.” – Access to Higher Education learner

“I had some difficulty finding the right Access course but was referred to Enable and it has really suited me. The materials on line are great and the support from my tutor has been excellent. Early on she recognised I’d need structure to help me manage my work commitments and the course and it’s all worked out well. I’ve had three unconditional offers from universities so I’m very pleased.” – Access to Higher Education learner

“I’ve had help managing my dyslexia and there has been no problem on my apprenticeship. In fact other learning difficulties I have were all discussed at the beginning and help provided. My anxiety could have been a problem but my tutor is always there to help me and give me reassurance. At the
beginning of my apprenticeship I was really nervous about answering the phone but now I am confident and can deal with most enquiries from the public thanks to the help I’ve had from my tutor/assessor. During lockdown I had a family bereavement and my tutor helped me through that.” – An Apprenticeship learner

“I was volunteering in a community centre when a tutor from Enable met me and told me about apprenticeships for older people like me. I had a look and applied and got an apprenticeship. The support has been great from Enable and I tell others about the opportunities they have. Before, I thought I was going to do little in my career, but it’s working out well.” – An Apprenticeship learner

If you would like to tell us about your experience of learning with Enable, please contact us and let us know your thoughts.

All feedback will be treated anonymously, unless you state you are happy for your name to be used.

Adult Participation in Learning Survey 2019

Learning and Work Institute recently published:

Learning has positive benefits for individuals, communities and the wider economy. Increasing and widening access to learning is crucial to future prosperity, fairness and social inclusion in the UK. Despite the strength of this evidence, the UK has seen a recent decline in the number of adults participating in learning and training . If we are to engage more adults in learning, it is vital that we understand patterns of behaviour, and adults’ motivations and their barriers to their engagement.

For over 20 years, Learning and Work Institute (L&W) has undertaken an annual survey of adult participation in learning. The survey, which draws on data from a national representative survey of 5,000 adults across the UK (or Great Britain in 2019), provides a rich evidence base on who participates in learning, their motivations, barriers, and benefits experienced.

This report presents the findings from the 2019 survey, which was funded by the Department for Education (DfE).

Participation Survey Report 2019

East Midlands Charity Awards 2020

Recently published in Voluntary Centre Services Newsletter:


After a successful launch, East Midlands Charity Awards are back to celebrate in 2020!
East Midlands charities and not-for-profit organisations now have an opportunity to be celebrated and recognised for their outstanding contributions to their communities. The awards have been created to shout about all the great things charities have been doing in the East Midlands. After working on numerous charity and community events, Phoebe Benta has taken up the mantle of hosting the event for the 2nd year. With 14 categories all free to enter, the awards welcome entries from Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire.


  • To promote and raise awareness and profiles for our charities and not-for-profit organisations
  • To honour, recognise, celebrate and promote outstanding professionals and best practices within our charities.

Awards for Charities 

  • East Midlands Charity of the Year
  • Small Charity
  • Big Impact Fundraising Event
  • Best Social and Digital Media
  • Fundraising Team of the Year
  • Volunteer Team of the Year

Awards for Individuals

  • Young Charity Ambassador of the Year
  • Volunteer Manager of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Charity Director of the Year
  • Charity Trustee of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Outstanding Charity Support – (by Small to Medium Size Company)
  • Outstanding Charity Support – (by Large Company)

Nominations Open – Monday 6th January
Entry Deadline – Friday 3rd April
Judging Process – W/C 5th April
Shortlist Announcement – Tuesday 14th April
Awards Presentation and Dinner  – Friday 12th June
Our celebration evening is the perfect opportunity to bring together patrons, volunteers and colleagues for a fun and rewarding event. We want to hear your story!

For the latest updates follow @EMCharityAwards #EMcharityawards
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