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 single national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) in secondary and special schools, colleges and other learning providers.
The context in which we operate is set out in the latest Statutory Guidance (January 2023) from the Department for Education to schools on fulfilling their statutory duty, and its guidance to colleges. The Statutory Guidance builds heavily upon the Gatsby Benchmarks for “Good Careers Guidance”. The DfE “strongly recommends all secondary schools and colleges” to work towards and achieve the national Quality in Careers Standard. Here’s the link to the DfE’s updated 2023 Guidance: Careers guidance and access for education and training providers – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
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 Task Force’s 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. 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 quality award. 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 (see footnote below).
A more detailed history of the former CEIAG Quality Awards and the Quality in Careers Standard is available here.
The Consortium & the Standard today
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 also established a small team of Professional Advisers who act as assessment report writers and as national Licensing Panel ” TEAM OF PROFESSIONAL ADVISERS-1.12.22“.
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. The DfE has provided important grant funding to the Consortium in 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 and 2022-23.
In June 2021, the Consortium also launched its offer, to Awarding Bodies providing quality awards for careers education in primary schools, of National Endorsement for their award.
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.
From April 2017, the Consortium agreed that three Awarding Bodies could retain their well-established brands to describe their approach to the delivery of the new single 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.