Directions IAG Ltd is an independent Careers Information, Advice and Guidance Company, established in July 2011.
We provide impartial careers guidance services to schools, academies and colleges and are recognised as one of the leading providers within Essex.
Directions has achieved matrix quality standard accreditation for our Careers Information, Advice and Guidance service.
Directions offers a tailor made service to meet your requirements and support you to fulfil the Gatsby Benchmarks and Statutory Guidance (October 2018).
All advisers are qualified to level 6/7 and will support your students to raise aspirations and plan for the future.
Directions can help you gather, collate and analyse future plans and destination data to help maintain or reduce NEET outcomes.
To find out more about how we can work with you, please see below
“Careers guidance has been available to me since Year 7 and I’ve used it at different stages of my school career. The Adviser has supported me as I’ve changed my mind over the years about what to do. She always had information on how to narrow down my search, plus she gave me new ideas. She’s so friendly and has been massively helpful with researching university courses.”
“Wendy has been a great support to both myself and students at Hylands School, and is full of up to date knowledge and guidance. Wendy has arranged external agencies to help with Interview skills for the sixth form students as well as discussions on apprenticeships, college and university options. She is always willing to meet with students either on a one to one basis, or as a group.”
''As part of our College plan to develop CEIAG, I was looking for ways of being able to deliver 1:1 guidance interviews for all our Year 11 cohort. 'Directions' had been recommended to me by another school in the area and so I made contact with Deborah to see what 'Directions' could offer. Within weeks we were able to agree and put in place our plan for guidance interviews. The resources and experience that 'Directions' brings to this aspect of CEIAG has been invaluable, as has the 'sound board' they provide for many of the other initiatives we have introduced. Their manner with the students is professional, encouraging, challenging but supportive and feedback from the students has been wholly positive. Thank you 'Directions' for helping us to improve the provision we offer our students.''
“Having used the services of Directions for a few years now, we are incredibly pleased with the organisation as a whole and in particular our careers adviser, Emma. As an organisation, Directions is incredibly professional, and they are always on hand to support the school in any way they can. Emma has become an integral part of our school and is well known and respected by our students and staff. She provides excellent support and guidance to our students through guidance interviews and plays a key role at many school events. We would have no hesitation in recommending Directions as an impartial IAG provider.”
“I arrange the Careers Interviews for Shenfield High School students. We love Emma’s ‘can do attitude’. Emma has become respected by our students and staff, word has got round over the years Emma has been with us and students actually ask to see her as they know they will get something from their interview that will really help towards their future decisions.” #WeLoveDirections
“I just wanted to write to thank you for speaking to my Year 11 son at Moulsham High School recently. He came home very enthusiastic (and it takes a lot to get him enthusiastic). You have helped him with ideas and options that he could choose. The careers action plan has also helped us as parents with useful websites that we can go on to assist him to find the most suitable option for him. He has only recently decided banking is the route he wants to take and now feels he has lots of options.”
“Louise continues to be an integral part of the Careers Team and plays a key role in the strategy development, planning new initiatives and steering us through the complexities of the new statutory guidance, the Gatsby Benchmarks and QiCS. We value Louise’s experience, expertise and knowledge and this is reflected, time after time, when speaking with our young people. We also appreciate her commitment to the Academy demonstrated by her adaptability and flexibility to accommodate our changing requirements.”
“Moulsham High School has a long-standing relationship with the Directions Careers service. Students in Years 9-13 meet with Jane – our Directions Careers Adviser, to obtain expert advice on what options they might choose at GCSE, to look at what pathways they might choose Post-16 and what lies in wait beyond A Level. For our students, these sessions have been invaluable in providing impartial advice and in enabling students to broaden their horizons and prepare for the world of work. Our careers information, advice and guidance programme is intent on improving pupils preparation for the world of work, enhancing their social mobility and increasing educational attainment and engagement The careers advice provided to our young people by Directions is an integral part of that programme, ensuring that students take on an increasing responsibility for honing and adapting their skills in response to the modern workplace.”
"Chelmer Valley High School has been working with Directions for a number of years and has a very positive and collaborative relationship with the team at Directions IAG Ltd. Tom is an integral part of our careers provision here at CVHS and provides independent careers guidance to our year 10/11 cohort as well as ensuring that any year 12s who ask for extra support and advice are catered for. He is an excellent communicator, flexible regarding his time, understands the schools requirements and his careers knowledge is exemplary. CVHS are very lucky to be working with Directions and we consider Tom to be an asset to our expanding careers programme."
“St Helena relies on Directions to provide impartial careers advice and guidance, in line with Gatsby Benchmark requirements. We have always been impressed by Laura’s dedication and commitment to supporting our young people. Student feedback relating to one to one careers interviews with Laura has always been positive, with students stating that they feel well informed and prepared to consider post 16 options. Without the backing of Directions, the St Helena Careers provision would not be as strong as it is, and for that we are thankful.”
“Directions has played an integral role in the provision of high quality careers advice within Ormiston Rivers Academy. Louise has supported our students throughout their time within the school and is a valued member of the school community.”
“Emma has been supporting Heybridge Co-operative Academy (HCA) for three years and has become an invaluable member of the careers team. Emma holds a monthly surgery supporting pupils with whatever they need, whether it be a careers action plan, interview skills, a CV or support with an apprenticeship application. As well as first class information, advice and guidance, Emma will always go over and above what is expected of her and send hot off the press news and updates that she feels are relevant to the needs of our pupils. Being a pupil referral unit, pupils often find it difficult to engage with new people or refuse to have conversations about their future. However Emma makes the pupils feel at ease and will often focus and support with overcoming barriers. Emma never limits young people’s options and ensures the pupils receive aspirational, qualified, informed and impartial information advice and guidance."
'We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Lynne Pembroke and Directions IAG Ltd for their outstanding work supporting students in our local area. Their in-depth knowledge and expertise as Careers Advisers to the local Academies meant our company was able to fill a work placement vacancy very accurately and very quickly. We are absolutely delighted with the student who is now an integral part of our team, and look forward to the opportunity of offering more work placements to enthusiastic students going forwards. We can't thank Directions IAG Ltd enough for all their help, and we have no hesitation in recommending them to any business or organisation (large or small), that is looking to offer a work placement vacancy to our local students.”
Clearly, Directions has been a key part of our strategy to deliver Independent IAG and this process has been identified as good practice through our recent (Ofsted) inspection. Many thanks for your ongoing help and support - your input has positively impacted on Writtle College students
“Alec Hunter Academy has had a long-standing working relationship with Directions since 2011 when the Connexions service was disbanded. Our adviser is considered an integral member of the Alec Hunter team and is fully committed to providing students with a programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance that is completely impartial. Our adviser is involved in the planning and running of many career based skills days, which take place throughout the year including the highly successful annual Braintree Careers Fair, and is well known to all students within the school. I would not hesitate in recommending Directions to any other school seeking independent careers guidance.”
“The students at Notley High School find the service Directions provide extremely useful, as do their parents. Jane from Directions is a familiar face around the school and the students feel confident to speak with her during interviews, meetings or at options evenings.”
“The advice and guidance our students receive is outstanding and is supported by a very good understanding of, and commitment to, the school as a whole. This is further enhanced by our adviser’s engagement with a whole range of activities in school for different year groups. Her depth of knowledge and impartial advice are highly valued and her positive approach to students and colleagues ensures that she is seen as an integral part of our provision.”