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National Occupational Standards for career development professionals

The Career Development Institute (CDI) is leading the revision of the National Occupational Standards (NOS) in Career Development. As part of this work, the CDI intends to consult widely with employers and stakeholders in the career development sector across the four nations of the UK. Consultation events will be held in Manchester on 10th June, in Cardiff on 11th June, in London on 13th June, in Belfast on 17th June and in Glasgow on 19th June. The website has information about participating in these events. Later in the year, there will be further opportunities to become involved in the online consultation process. The NOS project is being managed by Pat Pugh, a consultant and CDI member, and you can also contact Pat on

This development of the standards is critical for everyone working in the fields of career education; career information, advice and guidance; career coaching and career management. It will provide recognition of the wide scope of the career development sector across the UK, which includes public, private and third sector provision. It will also emphasise the importance of providing quality assured services to clients.

The NOS: Career Development will cover practitioners supporting individuals to develop their career management skills, career educators in schools and colleges and individuals supporting talent management in organisations.

National Occupational Standards are used to describe what practitioners need to do, know and understand in their roles and they align with national expectations and qualifications. They can also be used to inform job descriptions, recruitment, continuous professional development and progression both through and across the sector.

The CDI aims to have the NOS reviewed and updated by the end of March 2015.

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  • Masoon

    Career development is also linked with talent management

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