As a Careers Adviser providing independent and impartial careers guidance, you will know the importance of providing a high quality service that provides good outcomes for the people you provide your service to. This is also recognised by the Department for Education in their guidance issued to schools earlier this year. Careers guidance and inspiration in schools – Statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff (March 2015) states:

In developing careers provision for pupils, there are currently three aspects of quality assurance that schools should take into consideration:

  • The quality of the school careers programme. The Government recommends that all 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 evaluation of the school’s programme. The national validation, the Quality in Careers Standard, will assist schools to determine an appropriate quality award to pursue.
  • The quality of independent careers providers. The recognised national quality standard for information, advice and guidance (IAG) services is the matrix To achieve the Standard, organisations will need to demonstrate that they provide a high quality and impartial service. Schools can access an online register of organisations accredited to the matrix Standard.
  • The quality of careers professionals working with the school. The Career Development Institute has developed a set of professional standards for careers advisers, a register of advisers holding postgraduate qualifications and guidelines on how advisers can develop their own skills and gain higher qualifications. The main qualifications for careers professionals are the Qualification in Career Guidance (QCG) (which replaced the earlier Diploma in Careers Guidance) and the Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development. Schools can view a register of careers professionals or search for a career development professional who can deliver a particular service or activity.

To support you in meeting the requirements for schools, we are holding a webinar on Thursday 17th September 3pm – 4pm, to explore the matrix Standard for sole trading careers advisers. This webinar is part of series that are being delivered to support the introduction of the matrix Standard, and this webinar will be particularly tailored to independent Careers Advisers delivering careers guidance in schools.

Here are just a few comments from other Careers Advisers who have worked with the matrix Standard:

“becoming a self-employed careers adviser for the first time, I felt it was vital for me to ensure that the service I provide is of the highest quality. With no organisation to support me the matrix Standard has allowed me to work towards this goal. “


“as a small organisation, if we are up against the bigger players, matrix puts us on an even playing field as we will have achieved the same benchmark.”


“it helps you look at and reflect on what you are doing, which as a sole trader you don’t have a wider network to have those conversations.”


“it is making me look at the business planning side in more detail and actually think about where I want to go in the future.”


“The leadership and management criteria are helping me to build a strong foundation for my business by making me think what are my aims and objectives and how am I going to achieve these.”


You can book your place on the webinar here: