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‘To be the ‘go to’ organisation for teaching and learning activities which result in innovation in practice and create the careers sector thought leaders of the future both within the UK and beyond’

Over the past 20 years, iCeGS has been established as a centre of excellence within the career guidance sector providing research, development and consultancy services to a range of public and private sector organisations. Our work across all areas of adult and young people’s career learning, information, advice and guidance services provides us with a strong knowledge base of the needs of career guidance practitioners. iCeGS mission is to extend good practice in the field of guidance and lifelong learning, bridging the gap between managers, practitioners, researchers and policy-makers.

iCeGS is committed to

All activities undertaken by iCeGS and its associates reflect these commitments.

We construct training needs analysis, bespoke training and accredited work related learning programmes that focus on meeting organisations and practitioners professional practice needs. All programmes are delivered by highly experienced iCeGS staff and Associates and can be delivered on site. For further information contact Nicki Moore on 01332 591578 or email n.moore@derby.ac.uk

This section sets out the programmes of continuing professional development offered by the International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS) at the University of Derby for those tasked with leading and managing programmes of career development in schools and colleges. The information below will help you think about and select a programme which will help you develop your skills to develop and manage your programme in line with the requirements set out in the Careers and Enterprise Companies document  ‘Understanding the Role of Careers Leader’  in 2018.

More information about how you can get sponsored to follow one of these programmes can be found on the Careers and Enterprise Company’s website.

The Advanced Diploma in Career Development

This 60-credit level 6 course is an applied programme of study and as such much of the learning takes place through the participant’s contextual location and application of new ideas, theories and concepts to their own setting. The teaching approach provides opportunities for Career Leaders to meet and explore issues and to share practice from their settings as well as to develop new knowledge and skills. The work-based element allows application of learning and further exploration in an appropriate setting. 

What will you study?

  • Theories and concepts of career development (core module)

Two from the following list:

  • Supporting career development
  • Learning for career development
  • Managing career development
  • Work-based enquiry

The Advanced Certificate of Career Development

What will you study?

The Advanced Certificate in Career Development is a 40 credit ‘step off’ award which forms part of a larger 60 credit programme, The Advanced Diploma in Career Development. To complete the Advanced Certificate, learners will need to complete two 20 credit modules:

  • The theories and concepts of career development and
  • Managing career development

Where will you study?

This programme is offered at the University of Derby and you will need to complete an application for this programme through the University of Derby’s portal. It will also be offered in other centres in the East Midlands, West Midlands, The North East and North West of England.  Please contact Nicki Moore n.moore@derby.ac.uk or your local LEP lead to find out where the programme will be delivered in your area.

How will you study?

The programme is delivered through blended learning. The programme will include opportunities for learners to:

  • Undertake small group work projects
  • Engage in debates, seminars, discussions, and meetings
  • Develop practice-based resources
  • Write for a range of audiences including online social spaces.

Assessment

The programme includes both formative and summative assessment. Assessments have been designed to ensure that learners can demonstrate a wide range of professional understanding, knowledge and skills for assignment reports, professional resources and writing in a range of social spaces and the use of models for reflective practice.

Duration

The Advanced Diploma will take one year (3 semesters).

The Advanced Certificate will be completed in 6 months (2 semesters).

Start dates

September and January

Non-accredited careers leaders training

This non-accredited level 6 programme has been designed to meet The Careers and Enterprise Companies’ Careers Leader Training requirements.

The programme is delivered through blended learning. The programme will include opportunities for learners to:

  • Undertake small group work projects
  • Engage in debates, seminars, discussions, and meetings
  • Develop practice-based resources
  • Write for a range of audiences including online social spaces

Assessment

The assessment of this programme will be through the submission of a portfolio of evidence which will consist of a reflective journal detailing the learner’s journey through the programme and the application of their learning

Examples of artefacts developed through the programme such as

  • sample policies,
  • schemes of work,
  • the outcomes of the Compass self-assessment and a development plan,
  • job descriptions,
  • training plans

For more information about the training available for careers leaders please, please download the Careers Leaders Training Prospectus

 

 

To find out more clik hereThis course incorporates the Qualification in Career Development (QCD), which is the professional qualification awarded by the Career Development Institute (CDI).

This broad programme is rooted in practice and integrates various approaches to providing career support (including career guidance, career coaching and career education).  You will be taught by staff from the International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS), a world leading centre for the study of career development.  This provides you with a unique opportunity to engage with and learn from recognised thought leaders and influencers in the field.

This flexible course will suit individuals working or wishing to work in a variety of settings within the sector, including education, the community and the workplace.  You will explore theories, policies and practices of career education, guidance and coaching, and the framework for professional practice.

Where you will Study: University of Derby, Derby Campus at Kedleston Road.

Duration: One year full-time, Two years part-time.

Start Date: January and September

For further information, click here or please contact: Nicki Moore on 01332 591703, email: n.moore@derby.ac.uk

 

The Centre supports doctoral study related to our areas of interest and expertise. Information about this can be found on our website and on the individual pages of the team’s profiles.

Doctoral students will be supported to pursue their research interests and contribute to the evidence base around career and career development. The programmes are open to national and international students with relevant qualifications and experience.

Recently completed doctorates in the Centre have focused on the evidence base in careers work, continuing professional development, youth transitions in working class communities, and on mentoring disadvantaged young people.

The Centre is current supervising projects around

Staff from the Centre are currently supervising doctoral studies on the following;

  • Employability for Accounting students in Greece
  • The impact of island location on students’ higher education choices and subsequent career narratives: a case study of the Orkney and Shetland Islands
  • Young people’s views on the gig-economy as a career option
  • Parental involvement in career education and guidance in senior general secondary schools in the Netherlands
  • Exploring graduates use of online career-related social networks
  • Professional identity of Environmental Health Practitioners

 

To discuss ideas for doctoral study please contact Dr Siobhan Neary (Head of iCeGS) email s.neary@derby.ac.uk

You can also find out more about doctoral programmes of study on the University of Derby's Research website.

All iCeGS training utilises research undertaken by the Centre to provide participants with skills and knowledge that is on the leading edge of practice. The training packages have been constructed to allow content and materials to be customised and delivered in a variety of settings to meet the specific needs of the commissioning organisation. Current training and support packages include:

Advanced Interview Skills - a three days training package supporting experienced practitioners to review, refresh and enhance their guidance skills;

Interview Skills for Advisers - a two-day programme providing an introduction to guidance for information and advice workers;

Introducing Guidance - a one day training course aimed at managers and those interesting in learning about guidance which develops an understanding of the guidance process and how it supports individual progression;

Effective Advice and Guidance by Telephone - a one day workshop to introduce and support practitioners in the delivery of quality provision using the telephone;

Theory for Effective Careers Guidance - a one day workshop supporting advice and guidance practitioners in developing a better understating of career theory and how it supports practice; and

Using social media for careers work - this on- day introductory training course provides a basic overview of what is meant by social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) and provides a series of ideas and examples of how these technologies can be used in careers work. The course is hands on and participants will need to be able to access a computer throughout the day.

Evaluating school and college career guidance programmes – This one-day workshop will introduce the concepts and approaches of evaluation. The workshop will demonstrate how evaluation tools can be used to measure and demonstrate impact. Delegates will consider the evaluation strategies required to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks of good career guidance. Delegates will leave with a draft evaluation plan for their organisation.

For information about these programmes please contact Nicki Moore at n.moore@derby.ac.uk

We have also worked in more strategic ways with organisations, for example:

  • a strategic organisational development for university careers services in China and Malaysia;
  • staff development and service development in the United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka and Mauritius;
  • a training needs analysis for the education sector in Kosovo (the use of ICT in education) which resulted in the development of national occupational standards; and
  • bespoke training to career development staff working on National Careers Service contracts.

If you would like to discuss your organisations training and development needs, please contact Nicki Moore at n.moore@derby.ac.uk  or telephone 01332 591578