Introducing the Quality in Careers Consortium & the Quality in Careers Standard which nationally validates England's CEIAG Quality Awards
The Quality in Careers Consortium welcomes you to our website through which we aim to make accessible all key information about the Quality in Careers Standard (QiCS).
The Standard exists to provide national validation for England's range of Quality Awards for Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG). It is these CEIAG Quality Awards which provide quality assurance of CEIAG in schools, colleges and WBL Providers. The Quality in Careers Standard ensures that each of the Awards is of the same national standard.
Everything you see in this website is public.
How did the Quality in Careers Standard come into existence? By way of background, the starting point was the Careers Profession Task Force of 2009/10. The Formal Report (October 2011) recommending the establishment of the QiCS was prepared by a project group, convened by Careers England and involving leading experts in the field. You can read the report here as it sets out the consultation process, which led to the final recommendations and proposed the details of what the Standard would require of Quality Awarding Bodies - together with the procedures for the administration, assessment and awarding of the Standard. These recommendations were accepted by Dame Ruth Silver on behalf of the Careers Profession Task Force.
Supported by Careers England, the Quality in Careers Consortium (and its Consortium Board) was established in 2012. The written constitution for the Consortium established it as an Unincorporated Association. It is the Consortium which owns and oversees the Quality in Careers Standard. This link takes you to the more detailed sub-section of the Consortium and its Board.
The Consortium Board has approved the Guide to the Standard, the Self-Assessment booklet, and the full set of supporting materials setting out the national validation procedures (and the appeals process if required) - all of which are hosted here. Annual reviews have taken place of these materials - the latest version of the Guide is the June 2016 update.
The Quality in Careers Standard is, therefore, overseen by the Consortium Board.
Paul Chubb, formerly Executive Director for Careers England, acts both as Organising Secretary for the Consortium Board, and as Director for QiCS.
The Consortium Board has also established the required small team of expert assessment report writers/national validation panel advisers (whose brief CVs are hosted here).