Updating Qualifications for the Career Guidance Profession in Scotland: Navigating the Maze
Keywords:initial professional training, postgraduate qualifications, subject benchmarks, career guidance
This paper describes work in progress to modernise the initial training arrangements for the career guidance profession in Scotland. In a process initiated by the University of the West of Scotland, the Quality Assurance Agency benchmark for the subject is under review. The outcomes of the process may have implications for the training of career advisers and guidance practitioners across the UK.
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