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Qualifications and CPD for Careers Workforce

A short-life working group to develop a careers qualifications and continuous professional development (CPD) framework in Scotland has been established, with expert representation from across the sector.

A key aspect of modernising Scotland's careers services is supporting the professional development of the careers workforce. This depends in part on available development opportunities and qualifications and clear progression routes to support their CPD - and the extent to which individuals and employers make effective use of them.

The careers strategy outlines that career guidance is a distinct, defined and specialist profession that demands a unique set of core skills and expect all careers guidance practitioners to be professionally qualified. Ongoing training and development will need to take account of new service delivery models that will see practitioners working differently with partners and clients, particularly to support those in greatest need. Moreover, delivery will increasingly involve a 'blend' of services, with a shift towards web-based self-service tools for the majority and telephone or face-to-face support where it is needed. Key areas identified for development were:

  • knowledge and understanding of the Scottish economy;
  • coaching and facilitation skills for use with specific groups of clients;
  • joint working to support individual clients and to build the capacity of guidance partners; and
  • competence and confidence in the use of new technology.

Taking forward an action in the strategy, the working group was set up to bring together experts in the field. Its role is to clarify existing development opportunities, qualifications and progression routes for the careers workforce in Scotland and consider the extent to which they support the delivery of our vision for careers services. Chaired by Marian Healy of the Learning and Skills Improvement Service, the group is expected to produce a final framework and explanatory paper by the end of February 2012. The group first met on 30 September. Among its expected outcomes are greater awareness of existing opportunities and more informed strategies of employers to develop their staff. The work will also help the Scottish Government to identify any potential gaps in qualifications and, if required, to commission work to develop further ones.

Qualifications and CPD Working Group Papers

Meeting 1 - 30th September 2011

Agenda

Paper 1 - Remit, Timescale and Membership of Group

Paper 2 - Taking the Work Forward

Minutes and Action Points

Meeting 2 - 24th October 2011

Agenda

Paper 3 - Defining the Careers Workforce in Scotland

Minutes and Action Points

Meeting 3 - 24th November 2011

Agenda

Minutes and Action Points

DRAFT Interim Report - FURTHERING CAREERS IN CAREERS: TOWARDS A QUALIFICATIONS AND CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENTFRAMEWORK FOR THE CAREERS WORKFORCE IN SCOTLAND