What is the Quality in Careers Standard?

The Quality in Careers Standard is the national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) in schools, colleges and work-based learning. It is fully aligned with the eight Gatsby Benchmarks for "Good Career Guidance" and fully complies with the Department for Education's 'statutory guidance'.

To gain the national Quality in Careers Standard, you must provide sufficient current evidence to demonstrate that you meet all the national quality assessment criteria in your overall CEIAG provision.

Only with external assessment of the quality of CEIAG, through the Quality in Careers Standard, can you be confident that you are providing the quality of the best for all your students/learners.

You can read more about the national assessment criteria in our Guide to the Standard. And you can view schools, colleges, and other providers who currently hold the Standard here.

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How does the Quality in Careers Standard operate?

The Quality in Careers Standard is owned by the Quality in Careers Consortium. It’s governed by an independent and authoritative Consortium Board.

The Consortium has appointed a number of Licensed Awarding Bodies to act on its behalf across the country (throughout England – and some also offer services in Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands). Awarding bodies are authorised to award the Quality in Careers Standard; some operate nationally, others are more regionally/locally based.

Schools, Colleges and Work-based Learning Providers are free to choose a Licensed Awarding Body. Their direct contact details are in the Useful Links below. Accreditation certificates authorise successful learning providers, for a period of up to 3 years, to use the Quality in Careers logo and the words “Nationally accredited by the Quality in Careers Standard”.

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