Quality in Careers Standard

Securing High Quality in Careers

We all want the very best futures for our sons and daughters, so parents need to be assured that schools and colleges provide top quality careers support.

In March 2017 Career Connect became the first careers organisation in the country to achieve Licenced Awarding Body status for the Quality in Careers Standard.

The Department for Education Careers Strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents (DfE, December 2017) and the subsequent Statutory Guidance (Last updated by the DfE, 16th October 2018) ‘strongly’ recommends all schools achieve the Quality in Careers Standard. For more information, please refer to these documents below:

Ministers at the Department for Education have revised Statutory Guidance to recommend that all schools achieve the Quality in Careers Standard. The Standard uniquely accredits the four components of Careers Education, information, Advice and Guidance:

  • Careers Education
  • Careers Information
  • Careers Advice
  • Careers Guidance

Therefore, if a school or a college holds the national Quality in Careers Standard, parents and young people’s future employers can be assured that it provides its students with careers support of the quality of the best. Why? Because Quality in Careers requires schools and colleges to demonstrate to an external independent assessor that their programme of careers education, enterprise and employability (including work-related learning opportunities) for all their students:

  • Has strong leadership from the Head Teacher/Principal, the senior leadership team, and the governing body;
  • Provides effective training for staff involved in planning and delivering the programme.
  • Employers, as well as further and higher education providers, must be involved in the programme to open up and increase students’ understanding of a wide range of options, routes and providers of apprenticeships, colleges and universities.

The Quality in Careers Standard requires learning providers to demonstrate that their careers programme will:

  • Educate, prepare and inspire young people as they make decisions about their future learning and work choices,
  • Improve their motivation and aspiration,
  • Develop their career learning skills, knowledge and attributes, and
  • Increase their understanding of work-based issues such as prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination and equal opportunities.

So, by achieving the national Quality in Careers Standard, parents and young people’s future employers can be confident that the careers support provided by schools, colleges and WBL providers will help every student to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to take control of their future.

To find out more about how to achieve the Quality in Careers Standard, please contact Kath Wyke, Assessment Lead at Career Connect:

Quality in Careers Standard website:

The Guide to the Standard:

Information for Schools and Colleges:

Gatsby Benchmarks:

For further information on the Quality in Careers Standard please visit:

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