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Posted By Heather Ette, 16 May 2019

Higher Apprenticeship Career Development Professional - Approved

At last it is official; the Higher Apprenticeship Standard and End Point Assessment for Career Development Professionals has been approved and signed off by the Institute for Apprenticeships. This means that after many months of hard work, negotiation and drafting, employers, training providers and universities can now design a higher apprenticeship programme for the training of career development professionals, a title which includes careers advisers working with young people and adults and careers leaders working in schools and colleges.

“This announcement has come at just the right time”, says Laura Bell President of the Career Development Institute, which is the UK-wide professional body for the careers sector. “There is a growing skills shortage of qualified careers advisers in youth and adult guidance, the impact of which is being acutely felt in some areas of England.”

“Importantly for employers, this new higher apprenticeship has been allocated to Band 12, which means that we will be able to draw down up to £9.000 over two years to contribute to the cost of higher apprentice training”, she added. “Both employers of careers advisers and career leaders, ie schools and FE colleges, will be able to benefit as the qualification is flexible, depending on the units taken. This means that individuals can train to be either careers advisers or careers leaders through this new higher apprenticeship route.”

The Career Development Institute has long been advocating that careers advisers working with young people and adults should be qualified at a minimum of QCF level 6/SCQF level 11. The new two-year (24 months) apprenticeship route is at level 6, and includes the attainment of a level 6 or higher career-related qualification (minimum of 60 credits) approved by the Career Development Institute as giving eligibility to the Register of Career Development Professionals.

Jan Ellis, Chief Executive of the Career Development Institute (CDI) explains: “The UK Register of Career Development Professionals is the single national point of reference for ensuring and promoting the professional status of career development practitioners across the sector. All Registered Career Development Professionals must work to the CDI’s Code of Ethics and undertake and record a minimum of 25 hours CPD each year, which we monitor and check.”

The Careers Strategy in England and the supporting statutory guidance for schools and colleges encourage employers to engage Registered Career Development Professionals. The registered status of practitioners can easily be checked through the CDI’s website. The same facility can also be used by head teachers, employers, parents, indeed anyone seeking the services of a qualified and experienced career development practitioner.

With further reference to quality assurance Jan Ellis says,” We are delighted that the Career Development Institute will be providing the External Quality Assurance (EQA) of the End Point Assessment Organisations (EPAO) for this new Higher Apprenticeship Standard. Full details should be available next week on the Institute for Apprenticeships website”. https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/career-developmentprofessional/

Scott Parkin FIEP, Chief Executive of the IEP said “Both the CDI and Careers England provided support in bringing the Employability Practitioner Standard to fruition and as a potential conduit to this new Higher Apprenticeship Standard.  We welcome this news as bringing wider career progression opportunities for Employability Practitioner professionals as part of the careers element of our sector.  We look forward to working with the CDI and Careers England to support professionals in their important work across the employability, careers and skills professions.”

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