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, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) in schools, colleges and WBL Providers.

Everything you see in this website is public.

The latest Statutory Guidance (January 2018) from the DfE to schools on fulfilling their statutory duty builds heavily upon the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks for "Good Careers Guidance", and "strongly recommends" all secondary schools to work towards and achieve the national Quality in Careers Standard: here is the link.

Our Advice to Schools, Colleges & WBL Providers

Schools, Colleges and WBL providers looking to achieve the national quality award for their overall CEIAG programme of activities, are invited to look at the Quality in Careers Standard and its Licensed Awarding Bodies

Already over 1100 Schools, Colleges and WBL providers, across the nine regions of England, either hold or are working towards achieving the Quality in Careers Standard - and a growing number are now working towards the Standard in Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

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, and by contacting one or more directly.

Learning providers are free to choose the Licensed Awarding Body they wish to work with. This link takes you to the page of contacts for Awarding Bodies.

Schools, Colleges and WBL providers are also 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.

This link takes you to schools, colleges, and other learning providers who currently hold the Standard

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. 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.

The Consortium owns and oversees the Quality in Careers Standard. The Standard is overseen by the Consortium Board. This link takes you to the more detailed sub-section of the Consortium and its Board.

The Standard & the Consortium today

As you can see, 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.

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

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

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 Paul Chubb via pac@qualityincareers.org.uk

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