RGG Associates

Erica Rowell
RGG Associates Limited
The Willows, Melbourne,
York, YO42 4SX
Telephone: 01759 318380
Mobile: 07976 937162
Email: erica@rggassoc.co.uk

Claire Grimwood
RGG Associates Limited
50 Riplingham Road,
Kirkella, Hull, HU10 7TR
Telephone: 01482 657003
Mobile: 07816 196073
Email: claire@rggassoc.co.uk

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RGG Associates Ltd.
Directors: E. Rowell, C. Grimwood
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The Willows, Melbourne,
York, YO42 4SX
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Careers Consultant from the University of York gains her Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance & Development

18th April 2019

York University In October 2017 RGG Associates were approached by the University of York to train two newly recruited members of staff from Careers and Placements to gain their Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development. 

Pip (pictured) joined the University in 2017 from AVIVA where she worked as an executive recruiter. Tom Banham (Head of Careers and Placements) and Kelly MacDonald (Employability Manager) were keen to trial a trainee model and the opportunity to develop a clear talent from within the organisation as well as bring a fresh perspective to the existing Careers Consultant team. Recruited at the same time the other candidate, Charlie King, works as Placement Co-Ordinator within the Department of Politics. Both candidates embarked on the Level 6 Diploma with Erica Rowell from RGG Associates in the Autumn of 2017. Although the contextual base of the knowledge aspect of the qualification was adapted to suit the HE environment, as usual the Level 6 included the completion of some academic assignments, workshop attendance, professional discussion and observations in the workplace.  Pip has achieved her Level 6 ahead of schedule and has consistently received excellent feedback on both her academic work and her practice from her assessor. Pip’s colleague from the Department of Politics will soon be joining her as a graduate of the Level 6 Diploma with RGG Associates.

Pictured are (left to right) Wayne Campbell newly appointed Academic Registrar for Student Services University of York, Pip Rackstraw Careers Consultant, Erica Rowell Director of RGG Associates  and Tom Banham Head of Careers and Placements University of York.

The Careers & Enterprise Company

11th April 2019

The Careers & Enterprise CompnayTwo RGG Associates Careers Leader courses have now been completed by 25 delegates and the feedback has been very positive. 

The delegates have enjoyed the opportunity to spend time together in the training workshops sharing ideas as well as concerns and they have all enjoyed lively debates on topics such as using leadership skills to gain support from SLT, and introducing new resources and ways to use LMI with students. The networks created by the courses are continuing to develop as delegates use group email to contact each other and share resources.

The courses are quite intensive – they last between 16 to 18 weeks with quite a tight turnaround for written work. But on the whole delegates said that they preferred to ‘get on with it’ and the tutors are always prepared to negotiate an extension to a deadline if necessary.

The online tutorials have worked well as delegates have been able to arrange these around their work schedules and the professional discussions that are carried out to complete a number of the assessment criteria from the level 6 units are a popular way of submitting evidence.

Overall delegates found it helpful to have the time to review and to consider fresh ideas and perspectives which can be incorporated into their careers programmes. Many of them in their feedback particularly enjoyed the session on leadership and management where we discussed strategies to ‘lead’ and ‘manage’ without necessarily being in a position of authority. 

Quotes from Careers Leaders reflective logs which are completed after every workshop:

‘However, there is no doubt this training course has developed me significantly in my increased knowledge of the theories that underpin much of what we do and it has provided me a secure base of expertise to advise others within our school.’
Deputy Head North Lincolnshire Academy

‘I got quite a lot out of this session. The group is starting to know each other more, especially as we got the opportunity to do some group work. I don’t think that I was fully on board about doing the qualification at the start and agreed to do it as I’d had a change of job role but I am now starting to see the real value of the qualification and it is developing me more as the careers leader and getting me to question the activities that we do, the learning outcomes and what can be done to improve the programme for our students.’
Careers Leader Secondary 11 – 18 school Humber region

Two further courses are being delivered over the spring and summer terms and a further two are starting in the Autumn term. Please contact Erica Rowell erica@rggassoc.co.uk or Claire Grimwood claire@rggassoc.co.uk for further information or book your place via the Careers and Enterprise Company website. https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk

New Careers Strategy

CDI13th December 2017

Claire was delighted to be present at The CDI Conference on 4 December to witness Anne Milton MP announce the Careers Strategy “Making the most of everyone’s skills and talents”.

It was really positive to hear Anne Milton talk about “Guidance must be impartial and delivered by qualified practitioners, putting the needs of the individual first” explained Claire.” We have already spoken to many schools this week wanting to train their staff to Level 6 so they are able to provide the “in house” careers guidance. There has also been an increase in the enquiries from schools wanting to train the Careers Lead in the 3 unit “Level 6 Certificate Careers Leadership” after the announcement of the Strategy”.

For further information please contact Claire Grimwood claire@rggassoc.co.uk
or 01482 657003 / Erica Rowell erica@rggassoc.co.uk or 01759 318380

New Training Topics for Autumn 2017 One Day Workshops on:

Training for groups of 6 -12 at your premises of Individuals
in mixed groups in Newcastle and Hull

Claire Grimwood claire@rggassoc.co.uk or 01482 657003
Erica Rowell erica@rggassoc.co.uk or 01759 318380

New Book Launch

CPD25th November 2016

On 25th October Erica attended the launch at the University of Derby International Centre for Guidance Studies of a book called ‘CPD for the Career Professional’ by Siobhan Neary and Claire Johnson.

Erica was asked to review the book by publishers Trotman and her endorsement can be read on the back cover. At RGG Associates we totally agree with the endorsements and think that this is an excellent book especially for our learners who are completing the Level 4 Diploma in Careers Information and Advice and the Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development.

Contact Claire Grimwood Claire@rggassoc.co.uk
or 01482 657003

Strategies for Working with Disengaged and De-Motivated clients

Over the last couple of months Erica has been delivering workshops on ‘Strategies for Working with Disengaged and De-Motivated clients’ for a number of our clients in Yorkshire and the North East. The workshop was enthusiastically received by delegates who commented:

“The strategies were very useful – I think that I can implement this in my day to day work with clients” (Local authority family support adviser)

“I liked the strategies and the ways to increase client commitment – I’ve found this training very motivating” (careers adviser)

“Really enjoyed the opportunity to spend time to hear/discuss ideas and ways of doing things with others” (Training Provider adviser)

“I thought Erica’s presentation was engaging, informative and fun”
(National Careers Service adviser)

To book this workshop please contact Erica@rggassoc.co.uk or claire@rggassoc.co.uk

Strategies to develop a Personal Brand for your clients

Wednesday 13 April 2016
Centre 88, Saner Street, Hull HU3 2TR

Personal branding is your legacy: the way others remember you through your actions, expertise and emotional connections.

This one day course explores how you can help your clients to recognise their need for a personal brand to help them secure employment or a career.

This course is suitable for all advisers working with school leavers and young people, clients seeking work and those looking for a career change.

The interactive training will inspire your interviews and give you resources to add to your professional practice tool kit.

Cost per Learner £75 (exc VAT)

Contact Claire Grimwood Claire@rggassoc.co.uk or 01482 657003 to book your place.

New training for Yorkshire area

Strategies for Working with Disengaged and Demotivated Client

TUESDAY 1 MARCH 2016 9.30-4.30

This full day CPD training course considers the barriers that clients have to engaging in learning, training or work. Techniques and strategies taken from a variety of coaching, mentoring and other educational sources are reviewed for delegates to add to their career guidance ‘tool kit’. This workshop is ideal for NCS practitioners and school careers advisers wanting to add to or update their skills in working with challenging clients.

Contact Claire Grimwood Claire@rggassoc.co.uk or 01482 657003 to book your place.

RGG Associates Alumni

You TubeAfter 15 years of training hundreds of advisers from local authorities, private companies, charities voluntary organisations and schools the staff at RGG Associates have compiled an Alumni mailing list to ensure that all ex learners have access to CPD opportunities to maintain their competence in advising.

Further to the success of the first “adult” interview resource uploaded to Youtube, a second interview with a “young person” is also available to view here or through You tube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rwiTRVmPkg. These resources  should encourage reflection on practice.

As well as reflection, there are currently 5  training courses available for CPD which will be run after Christmas:

Please contact Erica or Claire if you would like to be included in the Alumni list, join these courses or run your own.

Award Success for CfBT staff and RGG Associates Learners

CfBTTwo RGG Associates learners won “learner of the year” awards at the recent CfBT Advice and Guidance staff conference held in Newcastle.

Careers advisers Lyndsey Day and Kevin Monaghan who have just completed their level 4 and level 6 careers information, advice and guidance qualifications respectively, have been recognised by RGG Associates and CfBT for their dedication and commitment to continuous professional development. CfBT currently deliver the National Careers Service in the North East and South Central regions and run various youth careers advice contracts throughout London.

All National Careers Service advisers working for CfBT Advice & Guidance hold at least a level 4 qualification in information, advice and guidance, with many holding or working towards their level 6 qualifications; RGG Associates have an ongoing training and development programme they run for CfBT staff in the North East.

CfBT Business Improvement Coordinator for Training Christine Liddell said: “It’s great to recognise and celebrate the fact that our staff are so committed to their professional development; the quality of the teaching and learning facilitated by RGG Associates really shines through.”

RGG goes Live on YouTube

You TubeRGG Associates have uploaded to YouTube resources to provide Careers professionals with the access to quality  continuous development materials.

The first resource is a short video of an ”Advice and Guidance Interaction”. This recording has proved an excellent resource for learners studying Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance & Development who are new to Career work. Using further resources supplied by RGG Associates the “Advice and Guidance Interaction” has helped learners identify interviewing models and different interviewing skills.

Learners who are more experienced and have achieved the Level 4 Diploma in Advice and  Guidance previously comment that the Advice and Guidance Interaction reminds them of the skills they should be using and gives confidence in their practice.

The clip can be found at You Tube or watched below.

RGG Associates are developing short webinars to be available in the late autumn. If anyone wishes to access these please contact Claire or Erica on info@rggassoc.co.uk

Upgrading Level 4 Diploma In Careers Information & Advice to Level 6

CDI LogoThe CDI have changed their policy regarding membership from 1 July 2015. They are now accepting for conditional entry to the register QCF Level 4 Diploma in Career Information and Advice plus completion of the three specified QCF Level 6 units on Career guidance theory, Reflect on and improve professional practice and Use career and labour market information with clients. These are the units which form the “Level 6 Careers Guidance Theory Certificate” completed by advisers who previously achieved the Level 4 Diploma in Advice and Guidance /LDSS.

RGG Associates have been successfully training the Level 6 Careers Guidance Theory Certificate since the introduction of the Level 6 qualification in   2012. Training can be provided in groups or through one to one coaching sessions. The Certificate can be completed in 4- 6 months and requires completion of 3 assignments and an observation of an interview in a careers environment.

3 go to National Careers Guidance Show3 go to National Careers Guidance Show

RGG staff are always updating their LMI and the National Careers Guidance Show in Leeds was the ideal opportunity to do this. “The seminars are really informative and with the change in Government policies it helps me to keep up to date with all sectors of Career guidance” explained Louise Harding “The importance of keeping my LMI up to date is imperative when advising Careers advisers especially those working towards the Level 6 LMI and Career related information unit (6)”

RGG Associates will be releasing their new programme of one day training in March which includes sessions on maintaining LMI and Career related information. Follow us on Twitter to received up to date information

Success at the CDI Conference

Success at the CDI Conference

Claire and Erica represented RGG Associates at the CDI conference in Stratford Upon Avon by facilitating a short workshop on Group work skills. The workshop was attended by 15 delegates and received excellent feedback as they introduced experienced advisers to new and innovative ideas to reinvigorate their group work sessions.

The”bite sized” sessions are now being offered to organisations to encourage CPD for their staff in limited time slots.

“The bite size training is working well for us at it is motivating advisers who are providing group work to vulnerable clients” explains a local NCS sub contractor ”The shorter training sessions are very financially effective and affordable”.

Please contact Claire or Erica for further details.

Congratulations to Humbercare


Humbercare, a Hull based Housing charity, celebrated 5 of its management team achieving the QCF Level 5 Management this month. All the successful learners attended training days and face to face tutorial sessions with Claire Grimwood from RGG Associates. Richard Mc Kinnon , Chief Excecutive expressed his thanks to RGG on the company facebook page” Thank you to RGG Associates and in particular Claire Grimwood for the continues support and training for staff”

Deadline for Level 6 Cluster Units

CDI LogoRGG Associates are reminding all their customers that The Careers Development Institute (CDI), in their Career Progression Framework, agreed to conditional entry until May 2014 with a Level 4 qualification (gained in a Careers setting) plus achievement of 3 units from the Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance & Development:

This deadline for completing the 3 units is May 2014 so all training must be agreed and started by November 2013 to meet this deadline. RGG Associates have been awarded direct claim status for the Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development and the Level 4 Diploma

OCR award RGG Associates Direct Claim status
for the ‘new’ Careers qualifications

RGG Associates have been awarded direct claim status for the Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development and the Level 4 Diploma in Career Information and Advice by our awarding body OCR. This is a real achievement to be awarded this so soon after the qualifications were launched as it testifies that not only have we had a large throughput of learners but that our level and consistency of assessment and coaching has been of a high quality. Well done to the assessors and internal verifiers working on with these qualifications.

Erica Rowell, Director RGG Associates

RGG Associates goes to the Olympics

Erica at OlympicsSurely That's Not Big Enough!

Erica Rowell of RGG Associates will be giving information advice and guidance for the next two weeks not to her usual QCF candidates but to spectators visiting London 2012.

Erica has been chosen from 250,000 hopefuls to become a Games Maker for London 2012. Last year she applied for one of 70,000 volunteer places at the Olympic Games. After an interview in Newcastle and a number of training sessions in the capital she will be packing her bags with her smart uniform to work at Greenwich Park on the equestrian events.

Those of you who have met Erica will know that she is delighted to be working where the horse events are taking place, but she won’t have much time for spectating as she will be expected to check tickets, show the audience to their seats and generally help and support spectators to make sure their visit to the Games is a memorable one!

If you are working with Erica in the autumn she is sure to have some interesting and probably funny stories to tell about her adventures with London 2012!

New role for RGG Director Erica Rowell

Erica has taken her role as Lead Internal Verifier for RGG one step further and become an External Verifier for the Awarding Body OCR.

She has undertaken training with the awarding body and accompanied experienced external verifiers on their visits to quality assure QCF training centres. Her final task was to lead a visit to a centre observed by an experienced EV.

Erica said, ‘I was quite nervous before the visit as its usually me observing our candidates doing guidance interviews, but once I met everyone at the centre I really enjoyed discussing their candidates and the qualifications they offer. Even the electronic report writing wasn’t as daunting as I had expected!’

Erica will now be allocated QCF training centres throughout the country to quality assure on behalf of OCR. She will also undertake the external verifier qualification through OCR.

Level 4 Diploma in Career Information and Advice Success

Anna BarsonWell done to Anna Barson of East Riding of Yorkshire Council who completed her Level 4 Diploma in Career Information and Advice earlier this month.

Anna works as an Organisational Development Officer and has responsibility for apprentices training with the council. She said of the qualification that it has helped her to support the apprentices when discussing their career options.

The unit on using labour market information with clients was especially useful Anna said as looking at workforce trends and developments with the apprentices was key to their success in the job market.

Investors In People Success

RGG Associates have successfully achieved the IiP accreditation this month. The assessor for IiP, Chris Moore, commented in his report: “it was clear that there is a strong team ethos within RGG. This is recognised as vital to business growth and reinforced through the commitment of the directors to maintain contact with its wider network of associates.

The company is not afraid of a challenge and recognises that if it is to deliver new services and not compromise on quality it needs to maintain these links.” Both The University of Hull, Kingston Recruitment and Agencia congratulated RGG Associates on the achievement , through “Linked in“

MIND Success

Sue Giblin and Jane Lloyd

This morning two learners from MIND received their certificates from Claire Grimwood after achieving their Level 3 Certificate in Advice and Guidance .

Jane Lloyd, the information officer and Sue Giblin a housing officer were delighted on completing the award which used evidence from their daily routines of interviewing clients and facilitating group cooking sessions.

Writing a Good CV Training

RGG Associates again responded to an organisational’s request for bespoke training this month and provided 40 National Careers Service staff with training on how to encourage their clients to complete effective CV’s.

“The sharing of our practice was really useful” said one candidate” Talking to colleagues form other hubs, discussing their methods and examples provided really good feedback”.

The training lasted for half a day and looked at the different ways career guidance can help CV building with clients.

“Role playing exercise where we judged example CVs from the point of view of an employer – I would like to incorporate this activity into my own CV workshops”

was a valid comment made by a learner who facilitated several workshops weekly with unemployed clients.

“This training was written specifically for an identified training need in an organisation,” explained Erica Rowell.

Success for RGG

RGG Associates have been chosen as one of the three finalists for the Start up Business of the Year Award in the Hull Daily Mail Business Awards 2005.

The winner will be announced at an awards presentation dinner on 24 November 2005 in Hull at the KC Stadium. Claire Grimwood, director of RGG Associates said “We are delighted to be recognised for this award. 18 months ago RGG Associates was a dream but now we are a strong successful company”

Level 6 Diploma at Best

Jerry WoolnerJerry Woolner, Managing Director of Best Training (Lincs) recieves his certificate from Claire Grimwood for completion of unit 3 of the Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance and Development. Jerry attended one of the first cohort of learners undertaking the Level 6 diploma in the country led by Erica Rowell of RGG Associates.

"It was an interesting and thought provoking course" explained Jerry" we looked at several careers theories and then related these to our clients and interviews". Jerry is now working towards completing the full diploma. Good Luck Jerry!

First Level 6 Careers Diploma certificates received

After a successful External verifiers visit on 4 August 2011, three learners have received their certificates for the Careers Guidance Unit at Level 6. The learners from Christ Church Resource Centre, Bridlington, Best Training, Grimsby and Linkage Trust, Grimsby had all attended a one day training session and provided a written assessment. The External verifier commented that all the work was of a high standard and congratulated Erica Rowell on developing a worth while qualification. Further courses will be running in the Autumn in Hull and West Yorkshire.

Level 4 PTLLS Course starting 21 September in Hull

After the successful completion of 4 Level 4 PTLLS courses, with 100% completion rate, RGG Associates have been asked to facilitate a further course in Hull.

This is the higher level PTLLS Courses aimed at experienced tutors working with post 16 students in a learning environment and evidence of teaching practice will be required during the training to gain the award. It is a “fast track course” aimed at those practitioners who have already gained experience of facilitating training sessions and group interview sessions

The course content will include:

The training will be held at The Octagon Centre, Hull and all training will start at 9.30am.

The cost of the qualification is £345 exc Vat per person.

Please e mail or call on 01482 657003 to book a place. Numbers limited to 10.

If you are interested in developing your experienced guidance staff this course is excellent for raising awareness of the links between theory and guidance practice. Delegates should have a minimum of level 4 Advice and Guidance qualifications to get maximum advantage from this course. Please contact us to discuss a bespoke training workshop for your staff.

Level 4 PTLLS Course starting 21 September in Hull

RGG Associates have just completed 4 courses in Hull successfully taking a total of 35 learners through the award with an achievement rate of 95%. Theses courses were partially funded by the Skills Enhancment Fund. Although this funding has now ended we are still able to provide this course to any groups of learners who want to achieve a level 4 foundation teaching award. See customer feeback for comments from the course participants.

Career Theory Training Workshop

In April RGG Associates delivered a workshop to provide experienced guidance practitioners with the career theory units from both the Level 4 Diploma in Career Advice and Information and the Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development. Delegates were asked to provide pre-course work which was used as discussion during the workshop and as the basis for evidence to achieve the units. They also had to complete a written assignment. Currently over 50% of the group have completed their unit portfolios which are awaiting final verification from the External Verifier. Other members of the group are actively working with their assessor to complete the work required. See customer feedback for delegates' comments about the course.

Skills Enhancement Funding helps personal development

Natalie CoxNatalie Cox, NLT Training, Scunthorpe has achieved both the Level 3 and Level 4 Advice and Guidance. "I completed the level 3 and then after 6 months decided I needed to develop my advice and guidance skills further especially my case load management so I registered for the level 4" . Both qualifications were 100% funded by the Skills Enhancement Fund.


For further information about our services or courses available
please contact Erica or Claire or send us an email enquiry anytime.