Why employers value this
Holding the seven mandatory units of the Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development shows employers that your professional practice is underpinned by a graduate level of understanding of careers guidance and development theories and models. It also demonstrates that you have the skills and knowledge to deliver personal career guidance interviews to clients of all ages, use career and labour market information and establish and use a professional network. All of this is underpinned by reflective and ethical practice and knowledge of the different contexts in which career guidance and development takes place.
The choice of optional units demonstrates to employers that you also have graduate level knowledge and skills in a range of career development areas, e.g. group work; supporting specific client groups and use of digital technology.
Employers appreciate the fact that employees are able to train whilst in employment and that their professional practice is assessed in the workplace. For those Level 6 candidates who choose to join the CDI as student members, employers also know that they understand the CDI Code of Ethics and how to adhere to its principles.
Some employers can also access funding for this qualification through the Higher Apprenticeship: Career Development Professional.