This qualification provides professional development opportunities for practitioners who are already working with, or entering a role where, they give career guidance to young people or adults. The qualification covers mandatory units in guidance skills, including agreeing a contract, exploration of client needs and client development action plans. Other units cover managing career information and LMI, working with other agencies, and understanding career guidance theories. Practitioners will also be expected to reflect on their practice and professional development. New entrants will find the unit on preparing to work in the careers guidance sector useful.
There are also a wide range of optional units to choose from to suit the role of the practitioner including use of diagnostic and assessment tools, delivering career related group sessions and undertaking research on behalf of the service.
This qualification is likely to be mandatory for all career guidance practitioners in the future. It is regarded by the profession as the level required for entry to the Professional Register of Guidance Practitioners.
For practitioners who already hold the Level 4 Diploma in Advice and Guidance, the Level 4 LDSS or the Level 4 Diploma in Career Information and Advice qualifications, recognition of prior learning can be used to partially achieve several units of this diploma.
The Career Development Institute currently allow careers practitioners holding a Level 4 qualification as listed here and gained before 2011 who achieve the 3 units as listed below to gain entry to their professional register of careers practitioners. See Level 6 Certificate in Career Guidance Theory for more details.
Learners can be seen individually or in small groups at their workplace. For individuals, coaching skills are used by qualified assessors to develop knowledge and understanding required when working directly with clients. For groups of learners, formal training sessions can be facilitated.
All learners will be observed in the workplace interviewing a client and both written and verbal feedback is provided to the learner by the assessor.
Please follow the link to see the units for this award: L6 Diploma in Careers Guidance & Development