Quality Assurance

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Quality assurance is high on our agenda.


As an awarding body we quality assure the next generation of career practitioners through the QCG and QCGD training routes.

UK Career Development Awards

In 2013 we launched the first UK Career Development Awards. The UKCDA has now become firmly established in our annual calendar and offers a great opportunity to celebrate excellence and highlight the innovation and best practice of both individuals and organisations.

This year we are promoting ten individual awards across three major categories:

  • Four individual best practice awards
  • Three best practice: a careers programme in a special school; innovative employer engagement activity and company CPD programme
  • Three research and technology awards, including a new award for the best careers information/jobs website

The UK Career development Awards will be presented at a special Awards Dinner on Wednesday 6th March 2018, at the Queens Hotel, Leeds.

Career Assured

In 2014 we launched Career Assured, a new quality assurance framework designed to assess the degree to which CEIAG products meet the requirements of users and career development professionals. The achievement of the Award will demonstrate that the product meets a minimum standard of quality against clear and transparent criteria.

The Career Assured framework has been designed to provide an ongoing support and review process for organisations embarking on and continuing the journey of developing and publishing CEIAG resources. We also intend that it should become a recognised symbol for users; an endorsement of product quality and integrity.

National Quality Standard(s) for CEIAG in schools and colleges

There are three components to assuring the quality of CEIAG for young people in schools and colleges:

  1. The national Quality Standard(s) for the school’s or college’s programme of CEIAG
  2. A UK-wide quality standard for the providers of career guidance services
  3. Professional qualifications for career advisers providing career guidance

The statutory basis for this arrangement is different in each of the four nations and, partly as a consequence of careers policy being the responsibility of the devolved administrations, the arrangements for assuring the quality of the provision for young people also differ.

The page on Quality standards for CEIAG in schools and colleges provides a brief summary of the arrangements in the four UK nations, with links to other websites and pages that give more detailed information.