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Apprenticeship training course

Career development professional (level 6)

Assisting individuals or organisations before or during career transitions to develop long and short term career strategies.

Qualification level
Equivalent to degree.
Typical duration
24 months
Apprenticeship category
Business and administration
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Career adviser
  • Career coach
  • career consultant
  • career co-ordinator
  • career development pracitioner
  • career guidance counsellor
  • Career leader
  • IAG adviser
  • Personal adviser
  • senior employability adviser
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Reflection and self-evaluation: set and achieve target and objectives for professional development, based on self-assessment and feedback from line-management, peers and clients, and identify strategies to manage the effects of change on self and the development of a positive mental attitude
  • Organise and deliver activities with clearly defined and measurable learning outcomes that use and blend relevant resources, client-focused techniques and approaches that best meet the needs of individuals and enable them to fully engage in their career development
  • Critically analyse and compare the major models of career-related curricula within the organisation, evaluate activities in relation to defined outcomes and plan how to improve them and their own performance
  • Select, tailor and apply theory, concepts and effective practice relevant to the role and client base
  • Provide critical insight in the contemporary world of work and learning, and analyse the implications of these for clients
  • Explore and clarify expectations and agree the aim, purpose and scope of the career development activities with the client
  • Build and sustain positive and constructive working relationships, resolve conflicts constructively in ways that do not undermine confidence
  • Engage and sustain relationships with employers and opportunity providers, individually or as part of organisational networks
  • Adapt activities and collaborate with other professionals to ensure that activities support and do not discriminate against clients with additional needs or who experience disadvantage
  • Prioritise the needs of all clients and workloads in order to provide fair and balanced provision whilst maintaining personal well-being
  • Record and analyse the outcomes of referrals so that examples of success and failure can be monitored and shared
  • Maintain appropriate records of client interaction, to explain their use in helping clients to effect change and to satisfy organisational monitoring arrangements
  • Use information technology and web-based resources with confidence in the support of career development activities (digital literacy)
  • Prioritise need and provide on-going support to clients through a variety of different types of intervention and media
  • Raise client awareness of options and broaden horizons by introducing them to unfamiliar new ideas and sources of information, challenge and support them in reframing their thinking and encouraging their career adaptability
  • Equip, empower and encourage clients to undertake an assessment of their knowledge, skills, abilities and characteristics
  • Apply a knowledge and understanding of theories, models, frameworks and pedagogic approaches to support the development of an individual’s career management skills
  • Understand and make effective use of occupational information and local regional, national am international labour market intelligence, including its relationship to societal developments, e.g. technological trends, policy-making, potential bias or partiality
  • Equip clients to use technology effectively in their career management (digital literacy)
  • Understand and apply appropriate research strategies to obtain, interpret and tailor information to meet the needs of clients and others, including the appropriate use of primary, and secondary sources, and information technology, e.g. social media and web-based information sources

Full information on Career development professional (level 6) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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