Quality in Careers Standard Award
The Quality in Careers Standard
The careers strategy and revised statutory guidance have impacted on how we quality assure careers education and guidance activity. All the major stakeholders, including the Department for Education (DfE), the Gatsby Foundation, and the Careers & Enterprise Company state that schools should not only work towards achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks, but also to achieve the single national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) – the Quality in Careers Standard.
The Standard has been fully revised to incorporate the Benchmarks within its revised national assessment and accreditation criteria.
In terms of process, DfE expects all schools, with the help of the Compass self-assessment tool to achieve the Benchmarks by the end of 2020. The DfE also strongly recommends that all schools work towards, achieve and maintain the Quality in Careers Standard. Evidence shows that schools already holding the Standard perform well against the Benchmarks and these institutions now need to focus on fully achieving all eight Benchmarks.
Independent assessment and national accreditation
The revised national Standard offers schools and colleges external independent assessment and national accreditation of the quality of their CEIAG provision – majoring upon its impact and outcomes for young people (i.e. qualitative professional judgements in addition to the quantitative Benchmarks).
The revised Standard will ensure that schools and colleges not only fulfil their statutory obligations but achieving it will also assure young people, parents, employers and other key partners that the CEIAG provided by a school or college has been independently assessed against the national criteria.
Licensed Awarding Bodies
The Standard is assessed across the country by a number of Licensed Awarding Bodies.
Essex County Council is licensed to support schools in working towards and achieving the Quality in Careers Standard and if you would like further information, please do not hesitate to call Tracy Eve on 03330130935 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Employability for Life Charter/Charter Plus
Employability for Life is now supported by the Association of Secondary Heads in Essex (ASHE) and Essex County Council. The framework supports young people in developing a portfolio of evidence that will enables student's to identify and evidence their key employability skills which are critical when making future transitions into work or education e.g. communication, motivation, team work, attendance etc. For up to date information on the Charter or Charter Plus (Post 16) frameworks, please click here.
Apprenticeship Promotion and Brokerage hub
The Apprenticeship Hub offers a recruitment service for Year 11 and Year 13 school leavers who are aspiring to an Apprenticeship and businesses and Training Providers who are seeking to recruit Apprentices.
Services offered to young people through the Hub include a fortnightly Apprenticeship vacancy bulletin, support with the production of CVs, mock interviews and introductions to businesses who are seeking to recruit Apprentices.
The team offers an advice service for parents/carers, including the delivery of Workshops and through working in partnership organisations such as Not Going to Uni, Pathway Careers and Inspiring the Future.
ESB Education and Industry STEM Programme
Responding to cross-sector needs and skills shortages, the programme links businesses to schools through a range of activities and events, including industry-led projects, sector career showcases and specialised masterclasses.
The Enterprise Adviser Network
What is the Enterprise Adviser Network?
The Careers and Enterprise Company has been launched by Government to prepare and inspire students for the world of work. The Careers & Enterprise Company is responsible for the Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN), which is partly funded and promoted in Essex by the Essex Employability and Skills Board. Schools and businesses have the opportunity to become part of a national network which is currently active in 36 out of 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships. The network aims to link every secondary school and college across Greater Essex with managers and directors from the seven priority sectors identified by the ESB e.g. Engineering & Manufacturing, Finance, Construction, Health, Care, Logistics, IT and Digital sectors.
How does the network work?
Enterprise Co-ordinators employed by Essex County Council will recruit Senior Leaders from business, who will volunteer as Enterprise Advisors (EAs). The EA will work closely with the senior leadership team within a local school for around eight hours a month to enhance the school's careers and employer engagement strategy. Essex County Council is working with Southend and Thurrock Local Authorities to provide a Greater Essex approach.
How is the network benefitting schools?
Enterprise Advisers are giving their time and resource to the schools' careers programme in a wealth of different ways. We have examples of international companies supporting schools in taking students into local companies, attending practice interview days, developing job and application programme delivery in schools and developing and financing projects to enhance the students' employability skills.
For more information on the Careers and Enterprise Network please contact email@example.com.
ESB Careers Fact Sheets
Our careers fact sheets are fun, engaging and insightful booklets, designed to inform students and their parents about the key sectors in Essex. Built from critical information from our Evidence Base, our research is brought to life in a fun, vibrant and interactive format where people of all ages can learn about the wonderful local opportunities on offer.
These fact sheets cover the seven priority sectors of Greater Essex as identified by the Board: Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, Care, Construction, Finance and Insurance, Health, IT, Digital and Creative and Logistics. As well as a host of valuable LMI, these careers fact sheets each have a competition where participants could win one of seven £30 Amazon.co.uk gift vouchers.