The Quality in Careers Standard

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The Quality in Careers Standard is the national quality award for careers education, information and advice and guidance in schools, colleges and work based learning. It is fully aligned with the Gatsby Benchmarks and fully complies with the Department for Education’s Statutory Guidance.

Ideas4Careers works in partnership with two awarding bodies Career Mark and Prospects, who are both licensed with the Quality in Careers Standard Consortium. Both Career Mark and Prospects offer a ‘Quality Award’ that fully assesses the CEIAG programme of an organisation. At Ideas4careers we work with organisations to support them in the process of working towards the standards as set out by their chosen Quality Award and the subsequent  external assessment.

What advantage does working towards The Quality in Careers Standard hold?

  • Gives you a framework for evaluating and improving upon your CEIAG programme
  • Promotes your profile and impact as a Careers Leader
  • Recognises your commitment to your students’ futures
  • Raises motivation, attainment and aspiration
  • Supports preparation for Ofsted
  • Encourages employer engagement

What does working towards The Quality in Careers Standard involve?

If you decide you want to work towards a The Quality in Careers Standard award, you can register your commitment to undertake the award with Ideas4careers. Upon registering, organisations are typically given 18 months to build a portfolio of evidence outlining how they meet all of the standards referenced against the Gatsby Benchmarks. Once completed, an onsite visit to your organisation would be carried out by an assessor who will typically look to meet with the Careers Leader and the wider CEIAG team to see if your organisation is fully compliant with the Gatsby Benchmarks.

We offer consultancy support to schools to walk you through this entire process from the point of registration to getting you ready for the onsite assessment.

If you are interested in finding out more about working towards a The Quality in Careers Standard award we are offering interested organisations the opportunity to have a free 30 minute consultation with one of our trained assessors. To register your interest or for queries about the award, please complete the form below.

To find out more about support for The Quality in Careers Standard or to request a 30 minutes free consultation to discuss your requirements please complete the form below or call us on 07717 360114.

…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.
Sophie McKenna, Careers Leader, Holgate Academy