Schools and colleges


The Education Act 2011 marked a radical change in careers services for young people. Previously the Secretary of State for Education had responsibility for ensuring that young people had access to a careers service.

  • 1974 - 1994 : careers service was provided by Local Education Authorities
  • 1994 - 2001 : careers service was provided by careers providers under contract to the Secretary of State
  • 2001 - 2012 : careers service was provided by Connexions Partnerships or Local Authority Connexions Services

The Education Act 2011 transferred the responsibility to schools for securing access to independent career guidance for their students.

From September 2012 the statutory duty applied to years 9 - 11.
From September 2013 it applied to years 8 - 13 and to FE and Sixth Form colleges for students aged 16-19.

Quality matters

The quality standard for the guidance sector is matrix. The Career Development Institute recommends that schools and colleges should secure careers guidance services from an external provider. It recommends that only organisations with matrix accreditation should be used. This is in line with the requirements placed by BIS on providers of careers guidance to adults through the National Careers Service.

Our associates are experienced and well-qualified careers or education professionals, and all have CRB/DBS clearance.
Our guidance specialists are on the UK Register of Career Development Professionals.

We respect and value the diversity of the young people with whom we work. We are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity and to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all young people.

Our offer

Provision for students

We offer a range of CEIAG provision for students in KS3, KS4 and KS5.
We discuss your requirements with you and customise the provision you choose.
Group work tasks are designed to engage students in active learning involving their participation and contributions.

Key Stage 5 :

  • 1:1 guidance
  • Using LMI
  • Understanding Career Capital
  • Career management
  • UCAS support
  • Specialist subject sessions
  • Which way at 18?
  • Your Personal Brand
  • Volunteering
  • A CV for the 21st century
  • Interview Lab
    Psychometric testing —please ask for further details.

Key Stage 4 :

  • 1:1 guidance
  • Building your profile
  • Transferable skills
  • An introduction to career capital
  • Meet the labour market
  • Employability: what's it all about?
  • Options after GCSEs
  • Specialist subject sessions
  • Find Your Voice
  • Focus on the Future
  • Application Lab
  • Interview Lab
    Careers Fairs — designed to meet your needs

Key Stage 3 :

  • Self-awareness
  • Building confidence
  • Aiming High
  • Decision making
  • The world of Work
  • Other people
  • Find Your Voice
  • Focus on the Future
  • Action Plan for success
  • Skills Lab

Sessions for parents

  • Moving on at 14, 16 and 18
  • Career capital : how to succeed in the 21st century
  • The changing world of work

Other services

  • Consultancy services
  • INSET provision
  • Signposting for parents
  • Employer links

Optional modes of delivery

  • Whole days / half-days:groups
  • PSHE sessions : whole class
  • Daytime / twilight workshop sessions : selected groups