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Following the decision to simplify and rationalise standards Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance there is now one national Quality in Careers Standard. The Humber LEP has been granted licensed awarding body status to award the Quality in Careers Standard. The Humber LEP is one of only 10 licensed awarding bodies nationally and is the only Local Enterprise Partnership to have been awarded this status. We are delighted that so many of our schools and education providers have already achieved this standard with many more working towards accreditation.

As a result the 35 local schools, colleges and training organisations that have met the Humber Gold Standard have also been validated at national level. Needless to say, we hope this list will continue to grow with our help and guidance.

The Standard is designed to fit the requirements of the LEP in terms of the provision of robust and impartial careers services and will be used to assess the quality of provision provided by our local schools, colleges and education providers. A public register, available both on the LEP and on the Quality in Careers Standard website will indicate which organisations meet the standard to inform parental and learner choice. The Standard should be helpful as evidence during inspections as part of the Ofsted Common Inspection Framework for Schools.

The Standard recognises and incorporates the Gatsby benchmarks ensuring positive encounters with business representatives are a significant part of the delivery mechanisms.

The Humber LEP is delighted to see the publication of the National Careers Strategy.  Ourselves and our four local authorities have consistently championed the need for high quality, impartial careers education, information, advice and guidance and see this as a real entitlement for all of our young people and adults.  We work very closely with the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC).

Our Journey

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Between September 2012 and April 2013, the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership appointed the Skills Commission to carry out research into the skills needs of the local area that resulted in the Skills Commission report, ‘Lifting the Lid’ building on the recommendations of the Skills Commission. The key theme of CEIAG was one of the major findings of the research regarding the lack of quality and consistency of delivery across the Humber.

On the 24th October 2014 the Humber LEP launched the Humber Gold Standard for careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG). The standard is designed for 11-19 schools, academies, colleges and providers in the Humber, but could also be used for organisations that have responsibility for the delivery of training (e.g. prisons). Funding to support the delivery of the Standard has been secured from the Humber LEP, Deflog VQ Trust and the European Social Fund.

The original Humber Gold Standard was developed in consultation with schools, colleges, work based learning providers, EBP, and business and industry colleagues across the Humber. Contributions were made on-line, during consultation meetings and through other consultation forums. East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Hull City Council, North East Lincolnshire Council and North Lincolnshire Council, East Riding College and Franklin College provided members to support the Gold Standard Steering Group. The standard has been written for all organisations and institutions involved in the education or training of young people aged between 11 and 19 (25 LLDD) and is therefore applicable to schools, academies, colleges, special schools, pupil referral units and training or work-based learning providers.

In 2015 C&K Careers were awarded the contract to support institutions through the Humber Gold Standard. Funding to enable the Gold Standard to be made available at no cost for Humber organisations was secured through the Humber LEP and Deflog VQ Trust. In 2017 the Humber LEP secured ESIF funding to support a further 50 institutions towards gaining the standard.

The Humber LEP is pleased to announce that 35 organisations have been supported to achieve the Quality in Careers Standard National Award via the LEP CEIAG group and access to Humber LEP funding. Additional schools, academies, colleges and training providers from across the Humber also hold the Quality in Careers Standard validated by different different awarding bodies.  The Humber LEP continues to support other partner schools, colleges and training providers to work towards the Standard

List of Humber LEP Quality in Careers Standard Holders

Registrations are open to any Humber based schools, academies, colleges or providers to take part in the assessment and accreditation process for the Quality in Careers Standard. Documentation to support the process will be made available to registered providers. Please email: Fiona Headridge, Careers Hub Lead – for more information.

View the latest assessment criteria here.

A summary of the original Humber Gold Standard can be accessed here:

Gold Standard Summary August 2017