ADULT education provider New Directions has succeeded in maintaining its national quality accreditation.

The Matrix standard for information advice and guidance services was renewed following a three day assessment in which staff, clients and partner organisations were interviewed.

New Directions, part of Reading Borough Council, provides a mix of academic and vocational courses for adults at locations around the borough.

The service also manages the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) project on behalf of the council to tackle the causes of poverty, promote social inclusion and drive local jobs and growth.

The Matrix report says care is taken to ensure clients considering accredited courses are embarking on the right qualification at the right level although the final decision is with the learner.

Staff monitor the progress of students through the course and identify when any extra support is required.

It was noted that learners are supported with any additional needs, such as being referred to partner organisations for help with clothing.

Over the last three years, 60 per cent of clients on placements went on to gain employment.

The assessor also suggested ways New Directions could continue to improve an already high quality service.

Councillor Ashley Pearce, lead councillor for education, said: "Congratulations to everyone at New Directions for maintaining their Matrix whole-service accreditation which reflects the hard work and commitment of the team.

"Attaining this standard highlights the top quality adult learning offered by New Directions to help individuals achieve their personal aims and aspirations, whether they wish to gain employment, improve their skills or become part of the community."