Welcome

Introducing the Quality in Careers Consortium & the Quality in Careers Standard – the national CEIAG quality award

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 - the national quality award for Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG) in schools, colleges and WBL Providers.

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 Quality in Careers Standard 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.

Initially 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 Quality in Careers Standard is overseen by the Consortium Board.

Therefore, the Quality in Careers Standard began as national validation of England’s individually named CEIAG quality awards. But, it has now replaced those as the single national quality award for CEIAG. The providers of the earlier individually named awards are now Licensed Awarding Bodies for the Quality in Careers Standard. You can read more of the history of the CEIAG quality awards and the new Quality in Careers Standard arrangements here.

The Consortium Board approves and regularly updates the Guide to the Standard, and the set of supporting materials setting out the national accreditation procedures - all of which are hosted here. The latest version of the Guide is the March 2017 edition.

Paul Chubb acts both as the Quality in Careers Director and as Organising Secretary for the Consortium Board.

The Consortium Board has also established the required small team of expert assessment report writers/National Licensing Panel advisers.

The context in which Quality in Careers exists

The Quality in Careers Standard sits today in the context of the Education Act, 2011. This Act placed the duty to 'secure access to independent careers guidance' for their pupils and students upon schools (from September 2012 for pupils aged 14 to age 16), and then from September 2013 upon schools for pupils aged 13-18 and upon FE Colleges and Sixth Form Colleges for students aged 16-18.

In respect of 'independent careers guidance', it is important to remind ourselves that the 2011 Act defines 'independent' in this way:

Careers Guidance provided to pupils at a school is independent for the purposes of this section if it is provided other than by:

  • (A) A Teacher Employed Or Engaged At The School, Or
  • (B) Any Other Person Employed At The School

The Act therefore requires Schools to be commissioners of careers guidance not providers of it (that's not to say they will not provide some of it, but the new statutory duty is to secure external careers guidance in addition to whatever a school provides internally).

It is also worth reviewing what the OECD definition of 'careers guidance' covers, as this is referred to by the Department for Education in its guidance on what the statutory duty includes:

"Career guidance refers to services and activities intended to assist individuals, of any age and at any point throughout their lives, to make educational, training and occupational choices and to manage their careers.

The activities may take place on an individual or group basis, and may be face-to-face or at a distance (including help lines and web-based services)."
(OECD, 2004)

Our Advice to Schools, Colleges & WBL Providers:

  • Schools, Colleges and WBL providers looking to achieve a quality award for their overall CEIAG programme of activities, which is professionally-driven and content specific, are invited to look at the Quality in Careers Standard and its list of Licensed Awarding Bodies
  • There are already over 1100 Schools, Colleges and WBL providers across the nine regions of England who either hold or are working towards achieving the Quality in Careers Standard
  • We recommend Schools, Colleges and WBL providers to start the journey of improvement today and begin working towards the Quality in Careers Standard by reviewing the Licensed Awarding Bodies we have appointed. Learning providers are free to choose the Licensed Awarding Body they wish to work with.
  • Schools, Colleges and WBL providers are recommended to look at the seven National Accreditation Criteria for the Quality in Careers Standard as set out in the Guide to the Quality in Careers Standard. This link takes you to the Guide in which you will find the full set of National Accreditation Criteria. These will make it clear precisely what is required of learning providers and therefore what Licensed Awarding Bodies will assess in terms of overall CEIAG in Schools, Colleges and WBL providers.

News on Quality in Careers developments will be regularly posted on this website. Please direct any questions or comments on Quality in Careers directly to the Quality in Careers Director, Paul Chubb via pac@qualityincareers.org.uk

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