Meet the team: Introducing Michele Squire

Meet Michele who manages the national Quality in Careers standard delivered by Ixion, part of Shaw Trust.

Find out about Michele’s love for music and why she is passionate about raising the standard of careers education for young people.

Michele Squire

“I enjoy working for Shaw Trust as every week brings me new challenges which I have to overcome.”

Tell us about your role!

I manage the national Quality in Careers standard for the organisation which supports schools and colleges to attain a recognised award for the quality of the careers education provision they provide. The standard is recognised by Ofsted and the careers enterprise company which raises an organisations profile. We also offer the Ixion gold award which recognises those organisations who go above and beyond the national standard and is a separate award delivered by Ixion, part of Shaw Trust.

What were you doing before you joined Ixion, part of Shaw Trust?

Before I joined Ixion, part of Shaw Trust I worked for Prospects which was acquired by Shaw Trust and I have been involved with the Quality in Careers standard for over 35 years. I am a trained careers adviser and it was from my passion in this role that led me to working on quality standards.

What motivates and inspires you in your work?

I am motivated by seeing the impact of good quality Career Education Information Advice and Guidance being delivered in schools and colleges which helps students make informed decisions. Also, I have seen the long term impacts of poor quality CEIAG being delivered in organisations, which leaves students feeling lost and with no direction. I enjoy working for Shaw Trust as every week brings me new challenges which I have to overcome and built good relationships with institutions who return to us to complete the Quality in Careers Standard process again.

What are five words that describe your time at Ixion so far?

Challenging, rewarding, enjoyable, intense and organised.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to play badminton once a week and I am a Wolverhampton Wanderers season ticket holder. I love music as my husband is a DJ and we go to gigs when we have time at weekends.  Also, I enjoy travelling, walking including card and jewellery making.

What is your favourite animal?

My favourite animal is a cat as in another life I would be looked after well and still be independent.

Photo of a cat lying down and looking at the camera

What song represents your time at Ixion?

Rag’n’Bone Man – I am only human and have so much time in a day to achieve my goals.

Listen to our Career Development Professionals podcast

In this episode we spoke with Michele Squire about the Quality in Careers standard to find out how good CEIAG in schools is important and how it supports students to develop their career. We also discuss how careers guidance has changed over the last decade and how the Education act placed schools under a duty to provide careers access for students.

If you have the skills and experience to support learners to reach their goals visit the Shaw Trust jobs website, and filter the organisation to Ixion. Or click here to meet more of our team!

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