From 13th March 2017, there will be a single national CEIAG quality award for England – the Quality in Careers Standard. The 12 current providers of CEIAG quality awards will cease awarding their individually-named awards and will each become Licensed Awarding Bodies for the Quality in Careers Standard. Just as schools choose which exam board to use, they will now choose which Licensed Awarding Body to use when they set their sights on achieving the Quality in Careers Standard.
On 6th March, Robert Halfon (Minister of State for Higher Education, Skills, Apprenticeships and Careers) gave this response to a written question in Parliament:
"The Government recommends that all secondary schools should work towards a quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance as an effective means of carrying out a self-review and external evaluation of the school’s careers programme. This is stated in the statutory guidance for schools, which underpins their duty to secure independent careers guidance. The national validation, the Quality in Careers Standard, ensures that each of the awards is of the same national standard and assists schools to determine an appropriate quality award to pursue. The Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy carried out an inquiry into careers education, information, advice and guidance at the end of 2016 and recommended that Government should encourage the bringing together of the twelve different awards recognised by the Quality in Careers Standard into a single award. The Government welcomes recent work, led by the Quality in Careers Consortium Board, to simplify the awards. The Board has reached agreement with the current 12 independent awarding organisations to migrate from national validation to a simpler National Licensing system. The 12 award providers will cease to award their individually named award. They will become Licensed Awarding Bodies for the single national careers quality award which will use the copyright brand, “The Quality in Careers Standard”.
Read the press release from the Quality in Careers Consortium Board here.