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 Complete Careers and Prospects, who are both licensed with the Quality in Careers Consortium. Both Complete Careers and Prospects offer the single national Quality Award (the Quality in Careers Standard) 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 national standards as set out in the Quality in Careers Standard 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?

Upon registering with a licensed awarding body, 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 and other career-related learning outcomes as set out in the Guide to the Standard.  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 standards.

What do schools say?

“We are absolutely delighted with and hugely encouraged by your assessment of our careers provision and are looking forward to reading the recommendations in your report so we can move forward with increased confidence, motivation and anticipation.  This has been an extremely rewarding and beneficial learning experience and to achieve the full award would be the icing on the cake.’”
Careers Leader, Stoke High – Ormiston Academy

…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

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 the Quality in Careers Standard award please fill out the form below or call us on 07717 360114.