A nationally recognised Quality Award for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (“CEIAG”) assures parents that the school provides its students with quality careers support, and that the school cares enough about this to have gone through an arduous assessment process.
To achieve an Award, schools submit their CEIAG programme for rigorous assessment and accreditation by the awarding body, and the assessment is made against national standards by an expert CEIAG assessor who is external to the school.
Whilst there are currently 12 CEIAG Quality Award providers across England, all are validated against the same national Quality in Careers Standard. You can read more about this in detail by visiting the Quality in Careers website www.qualityincareers.org.uk
CEIAG Quality Awards require schools to demonstrate that their careers programme has strong leadership from the head teacher, the senior leadership team and the governing body, with effective training for staff involved in planning and delivering the careers programme. The school must have an effective programme of work-related learning opportunities for students, with employers and further and higher education providers involved in the programme to open up and increase students’ understanding of a wide range of options, routes and providers of apprenticeships, colleges and universities. All students must be included in the careers programme.
These Awards also require schools to demonstrate that their careers programme will educate, prepare and inspire young people as they make decisions about their future learning and work choices, improving their motivation and aspiration, developing their career learning skills, knowledge and attributes, and increasing their understanding of work-based issues such as prejudice, stereo-typing, discrimination and equal-opportunities.
You can find out more about the CEIAG Quality Awards and the national Quality in Careers Standard on the Quality in Careers website.
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