Quality in Careers Standard

Dr. Barrie Hopson, chair of the Quality in Careers Consortium, established to oversee the national validation of England's specialist quality awards for all four aspects of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) announces today the 8th CEIAG Quality Award to meet the exacting national validation criteria of the Quality in Careers Standard (QiCS).
Dr. Hopson said "In the context of today’s increasingly complex labour markets for young people, and to assist employers to ensure our nation is economically successful, this is a crucial time for CEIAG for all young people across England".
To help schools and colleges to enhance the quality of their overall CEIAG provision, all of England's 12 specialist CEAIG Quality Awards are fully committed to work towards QiCS national validation. Six panels were held across the country in 2013, the seventh in March 2014, and the eighth took place in Stoke on Trent on Friday 11th July.
I am delighted to confirm that the "Stoke on Trent CEIAG Quality Award" is now the 8th CEIAG Quality Award in England to meet the overarching national validation by the Quality in Careers Standard.
The Stoke on Trent Quality Award is another outstanding example of how a CEIAG Award can significantly help both to raise and then maintain the profile of CEIAG in schools and colleges. The Stoke on Trent demonstrated to our validation panel an ‘excellent collaborative approach in supporting schools to enhance their overall CEIAG provision’.
It means that the following 8 specialist CEIAG Quality Awards now meet the over-arching national validation standard. These are:
1. Career Connect (Greater Merseyside)
2. Career Mark ( Futures)
3. C & K Careers Quality Standard (West Yorkshire)
4. Inspiring IAG (Greater Manchester)
5. Investor in Careers (Careers South West) 2
6. Prospects Award in CEIAG (Prospects Services)
7. Recognition of Quality Award for CEIAG (Essex County Council)
8. Stoke on Trent CEIAG Quality Award (Stoke on Trent Local Authority)
Each of these specialist, dedicated CEIAG quality awards aims to ensure that providing CEIAG of the highest quality should be the goal for everyone working with young people across the country in our schools, colleges, work-based learning and in specialist careers guidance organisations."
Project Leader for QiCS, Paul Chubb, commented:
"This is further encouraging news to be able to celebrate – we now have 75% of the 12 CEIAG Quality Awards in England validated against the national criteria of QiCS.
As Dr. Hopson says above, these are the most challenging times both for young people as they progress towards their late teens and early 20s, as well as for the CEIAG professionals striving to help all young people to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to take control of their future learning and work, and to secure their economic success.
For me, the Quality in Careers Standard is a real beacon of hope for every young person. With these 8 Awards now demonstrating that they meet our 16 national validation criteria, this will assure not only young people and their families but also the nation’s employers that, where their local school or college holds one of these Awards, it has in place the essential foundations which CEIAG needs to prepare young people to make best use of the careers guidance which they will receive.
Stoke on Trent’s Award also shows very clearly the benefits of embedding employer contributions to CEIAG effectively into a quality assured Careers programme.
We now look forward to the remaining 4 Awards, which are already working through their applications, coming forward for national validation in the coming months.
The Quality in Careers Standard is becoming firmly established in the fabric of this new era in which schools and colleges have the statutory duty to ‘secure independent careers guidance’ for all of their students.
As the House of Commons Education Select Committee is calling for further evidence this summer (deadline is 19th September) of the impact of the change of duty to rest with schools, it is worth remembering that the Select Committee (1), in January 2013, recommended that all schools should be required to work towards a dedicated CEIAG Award which is nationally validated by QiCS.
1. The House of Commons Education Select Committee Report is summarised in the Careers England Policy Commentary accessible here: http://www.careersengland.org.uk/documents/Public/Policy%20Commentary%20... 3
After the disturbing Ofsted Thematic Survey (2) of career guidance in England’s schools found that 3 out of 4 schools was NOT discharging their duty effectively, we continue to advocate strongly that this recommendation from the Select Committee should urgently be implemented by the Department for Education.
2The Ofsted Survey is summarised in the Careers England Policy Commentary accessible here:http://www.careersengland.org.uk/documents/Public/Policy%20Commentary%20...
The evidence from the 8 national validation panels we have held across the country is that Quality Awards raise the quality of CEIAG provision, and - crucially in today’s economy - ensure that (amongst other matters) all of the valuable contributions of employers to careers education and guidance are properly and effectively integrated into a planned CEIAG programme.
With over 1100 schools and colleges voluntarily working towards or holding a dedicated CEIAG quality award already, we commend - to every Head Teacher/College Principal and school/college governing body - our belief that the statutory duty on schools and colleges to secure independent careers guidance for pupils and students (which covers years 8 through to post-16 since September 2013), will be most effective when these three elements coexist in a school or college:
Its overall CEIAG programme is quality assured against one of the dedicated Quality Awards available and that Award should meet the QiCS national validation.
The school/college builds upon its internal programme by securing specialist careers advice and guidance services from an external provider, close to the labour market and therefore able to assist young people to make informed choices – such a provider should meet the accepted ‘industry standard’ for advice and guidance on learning and work, the ‘matrix Standard’.
The externally secured provider of careers guidance should employ professional careers advisers who are occupationally competent to professional standards – as determined by the Career Development Institute".
1. Further Details Are Available From: Paul Chubb, Project Leader for the QiCS. Tel: 07976 575536, paul.chubb@careersengland.org.uk
2. The Career Development Institute is working towards establishing a new national framework of qualifications for career development work with all age groups, part of which includes the establishment of a new national Register of careers professionals qualified to the equivalent of QCF (Qualifications and Credit Framework) Level 6. The Career Development Institute became the united professional body for the careers professions on 1st April 2013. For details please see www.cparegister.co.uk and www.thecdi.net
3. Full details of the QUALITY IN CAREERS STANDARD are on the Careers England website: http://www.careersengland.org.uk/quality.php?page=introduction 4
4. The Quality in Careers Consortium Board currently comprises:
 Dr Barrie Hopson (succeeding Dame Ruth Silver) as Chair
 Association of Colleges (AoC) nominee = Joy Mercer, Director of Policy (Education)
 Association of Employment & Learning Providers (AELP) nominee = Stella Turner (on behalf of the AELP Board of Directors)
 Association of School & College Leaders (ASCL) nominee = Duncan Baldwin, Deputy Policy Director /Karleen Dowden, lead on careers guidance and apprenticeships
 CEIAG Expert Invitee = David Andrews (CEIAG Consultant)
 Career Development Institute (CDI) ‘careers adviser’ nominee = Jan Ellis (CDI Chief Executive)
 Career Development Institute (CDI) ‘careers educator’ nominee = Sue Barr
 Careers England (CE) nominee = Virginia Isaac, member of the CE Quality Task Group
 Higher Education Liaison Officers’ Association (HELOA) nominee = Nathalie Mortimer (UK Vice Chair)
 National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) nominee = Sion Humphreys, Assistant Secretary (Secondary)
 QiCS Project Leader = Paul Chubb (also Organising Secretary for the Consortium and acting as Executive Director, Careers England)