Quality in Careers Award

“The Government recommends that all schools should work towards a quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance as an effective means of carrying out a self-review and evaluation of the school’s programme…”
DfE Statutory Guidance (March 2015)

A Quality Award in Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG), is designed to accredit good practice and encourage development in schools, academies, colleges, special schools and smaller units.

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Nationally validated by the Quality in Careers Standard (QiCS), we work in partnership with Prospects, a Licensed Awarding Body authorised to act on behalf of the Quality in Careers Standard Consortium to assess and accredit schools, colleges and work-based learning organisations against the national CEIAG quality award.

If accredited with this award, a school or college can feel confident it’s meeting national requirements and good practice guidelines.

Why does Quality Assurance in CEIAG matter?

  • Current DfE Statutory Guidance recommends all learning providers should work towards a national quality award validated by QiCs as an effective means of evaluating a school’s programme.
  • Working towards a Quality Award gives CEIAG, employability and enterprise a higher profile and increases the involvement of senior managers and governance.
  • It helps institutions continuously improve their careers work and ensures positive outcomes and destinations for all learners.
  • Holding a nationally validated CEIAG award demonstrates to those outside the school (for example OFSTED) that a high standard has been reached.

What does the Prospects Quality Award in CEIAG cover?

Evidence must meet the performance criteria for nine units:

A. Policy and Management
B. Review and Evaluation
C. Planned Programmed of Careers Education
D. Information
E. Experience of the World of Work
F. Individual Guidance, Personal Planning and Transition Support
G. Work with Parents and Carers
H. Equality and Diversity
I. Learner Voice

What will it cost?

Initial registration is £900.00 (plus VAT). Assessment is £500.00 (plus VAT).

In addition, most schools need between two and five days of consultancy support to prepare for the assessment. Prices are available upon request. Accreditation lasts for three years and usually takes between 9 – 12 months to complete.

We encourage careers coordinators who want to demonstrate the quality and value of their CEIAG provision to get in touch and find out more about the Prospects Quality Award in Careers Standard for their institution.

If you would like to know more please contact Michelle Taylor on 07717 360114

The DfE recommends that schools should work towards a CEIAG Quality Award which is nationally validated by the Quality in Careers standard.

The DfE Statutory Guidance for sixth forms and colleges states that these education establishments can’t get a good or outstanding rating unless CEIAG provision is good. (Updated April 2017)

…a very successful outcome of the hard work and commitment required to provide high quality advice and guidance to a wide range of students and a professional benchmark to support any inspection process.
Careers Co-ordinator and Head of Careers