Welcome to the Quality in Careers Consortium’s website.
We’re pleased to provide key information about us and the Quality in Careers Standard – the national quality award for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) in secondary schools, colleges and other learning providers.
The context in which we operate is set out in the latest Statutory Guidance (October 2018) from the Department for Education to schools on fulfilling their statutory duty. This builds heavily upon the Gatsby Benchmarks for “Good Careers Guidance”. The Statutory Guidance “strongly recommends” all secondary schools to work towards and achieve the national Quality in Careers Standard: here’s the link to the Statutory Guidance.
Background: how did the Consortium & the Quality in Careers Standard come into existence?
The starting point was the Careers Profession Task Force of 2009/10 which recommended national validation of England’s (then) 20+ individually-named Quality Awards for CEIAG.
Here’s the formal report (October 2011) recommending the establishment of Quality in Careers. It was prepared by a project group convened by Careers England involving leading experts in the field and all of the previously individually-named CEIAG Quality Award providers.
The Quality in Careers Consortium was established in 2012 as an Unincorporated Association.
The Standard & the Consortium today
This link takes you to more details of the Consortium – including its Constitution and its Consortium Board.
The work of the Consortium initially (2012-16) concentrated upon national validation of England’s then individually-named CEIAG Quality Awards. Once this was completed, in 2017 the Quality in Careers Standard replaced those individual awards becoming the single national Standard.
With effect from April 2017, the previous providers of the individually-named Awards ceased to award these and became Licensed Awarding Bodies for the national Quality in Careers Standard.
(i) “Investor in Careers” became a brand of the legal entity which is the Licensed Awarding Body CSW Group;
(ii) “Career Mark” became a brand of the legal entity which is the Licensed Awarding Body Complete Careers; and
(iii) “Inspiring IAG” became a brand of the legal entity which is the Licensed Awarding Body Positive Steps
– all three of these Awarding Bodies use their brands to describe their approach to the delivery of the Quality in Careers Standard.
A more detailed history of the former CEIAG Quality Awards and the Quality in Careers Standard is available here.
Today the Consortium owns the national Quality in Careers Standard. Its Consortium Board oversees and governs its implementation.
The Board approves and regularly updates the Guide to the Standard, and the supporting materials setting out the national assessment and accreditation procedures – all of which are hosted here.
The Board has appointed a Quality in Careers Director who also acts as the Organising Secretary for the Consortium. It has established a small team of Professional Advisers who act as assessment report writers and as national Licensing Panel “Professional Advisers”.
In 2019 the Consortium amended its Constitution to enable it to contract legally with the Department for Education to receive funding. It did so by entering into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Career Development Institute for it to become the ‘enabling host legal entity’ for the Consortium. Details of this MoU are here. The amended Constitution of the Consortium is here.
For 2019-20 the DfE provided important grant funding to the Consortium – news about this is here.
And for 2020-21 the DfE has provided further funding – news about this is here.
Further news on Quality in Careers developments is regularly posted on this website. Please direct any questions or comments on Quality in Careers via our “Get in Touch” link.