The role of personal careers guidance, provided by professionally qualified careers advisers, has gone through something of a roller coaster ride over the last decade. The Careers Statutory Guidance, issued after the election of 2010, whilst still valuing face to face guidance, suggested that it could be provided by a range of individuals including: Role models, Alumni, Mentors or Careers Advisers. Over the years that followed the guidance from the government has developed and the last version issued in October 2018 stated that:-
Every pupil should have opportunities for personal guidance interviews with a qualified careers adviser whenever significant study or career choices are being made
The Government’s expectation is that every pupil should have at least one such interview by the age of 16, and the opportunity for a further interview by the age of 18
The school should use a qualified careers professional, who could be an appropriately trained member of school staff
The Careers and Enterprise Company’s “What Works Report into Personal Guidance”
A professional is defined as a practitioner who has been trained and should hold a relevant career guidance/ development qualification at a minimum of level 6 (equivalent of undergraduate degree level)
and asserts that:-
Personal guidance can support young people to develop their personal effectiveness, career readiness and better educational outcomes.
So whilst it is not a statutory duty to provide personal guidance it is a key element in the delivery of “Good” Careers Guidance and is a requirement of both the Gatsby Benchmarks and the Quality Award for Careers Guidance.
The challenge for many schools is in securing the services of a qualified practitioner as there are insufficient professionals left in the field to meet demand. Many schools are taking the approach of training their own member of staff and with the creation of the new Careers Development Professional Apprenticeship Framework are using this route for training. Those institutions who pay the Apprenticeship Levy will be able to have the full cost of the training paid for. Details of the new Framework can be found at:-
with details of the organisations offering the training available at:-