This joint publication of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) in Scotland and of Careers Scotland was produced after extensive consultation with key stakeholders such as Qualification in Career Guidance (QCG) course centres, professional bodies and associations, and potential employing organisations. The Subject Statement represents general expectations about standards for the award of qualifications at post-graduate level and articulates the attributes and competences that those possessing such qualifications should be able to demonstrate. Key principles underpinning the statement were that career planning should support lifelong learning, and that practitioners should be equipped to assist individuals to develop effective career planning skills, with resulting “career resilience” throughout life. This dovetails very much with the priorities of the EU Council of Ministers’ Resolution on Lifelong Guidance 2004.
The Subject Statement is to be used to inform and ensure consistency of approach in the initial and continuing training of guidance practitioners. While it has been devised for a professional qualification at post-graduate level in higher education, it may also be used to develop training programmes within the context of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework The standard for the award outlines the key inter-related knowledge, skills and attitudes expected of students in seven areas of learning :
- ethical and reflective practice
- career guidance theory and policy
- career guidance practice
- career-related learning
- career-related information
- partnership working
- labour and learning markets.