Quality Award

The Quality in Careers Standard awarded by Prospects

Prospects is a Licensed Awarding Body, authorised to act on behalf of the Quality in Careers Standard Consortium to assess and accredit schools, colleges and work-based learning organisations against the ©Quality in Careers Standard.

Formerly known as the Prospects Quality Award in CEIAG, the award was previously nationally validated by the Quality in Careers Standard having met fully all 16 of the QiCS national validation criteria. The Prospects Quality Award was previously known as the Black Country Quality Award (BCQA) focussing geographically in the Black Country (from 1994). The “Black Country” name was discarded in spring 2012 to reflect the national availability of the award.

The Quality in Careers Standard awarded by Prospects is designed to accredit good practice and encourage development in schools, academies, colleges, special schools and PRUs/short stay schools.

The government recommends that all schools should work towards a quality standard for careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) as an effective means of carrying out a self-review and evaluation of the school’s programme. Achievement of the Quality in Careers Standard (QiCS) will lead to better careers and guidance programmes because it will help institutions continuously improve their careers work. Working towards QiCS gives CEIAG a higher profile and increases the involvement of senior managers and, especially governors.

Holding the Quality in Careers Standard demonstrates to those outside the institution (for example OfSTED) that a high standard has been reached.

As the largest provider of careers information, advice and guidance in the UK, Prospects is well placed to offer the Quality in Careers Standard under licence in all areas of the country, including Northern Ireland. We encourage careers leaders who want to demonstrate the quality and value of their CEIAG provision to get in touch and find out more about the Quality in Careers Standard.

For more information: www.prospectsqualityaward.co.uk

Who to contact

For further information:

Quality in Careers Standard awarded by Prospects

Michele Squire 
Careers Education Strategy Manager
Black Country Information Team

[T] 0121 521 2324 
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Sue Thacker
Careers Education Development Manager
Black Country Information Team

[T] 0121 521 2336
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