AGCAS is the [UK and Ireland] expert membership organisation for higher education student career development and graduate employment professionals. Through our members, we support the best possible career outcomes from higher education for individuals, institutions, society and the economy.
AoC is the national voice for colleges and exists to promote and support their interests. Everything AoC does is aimed at helping colleges deliver on their purpose and to make an impact. AoC's membership is made up of 93% of the further education and sixth form colleges in England. Affiliate subscribers include accountancy companies, law firms, awarding bodies, local authorities and universities.
As a membership body we:
The CDI is the single UK-wide professional body for everyone working in the fields of career education; career information, advice and guidance; career coaching, career consultancy and career management. We opened our doors on 2 April 2013. It had been the goal for many years of the founding bodies - ACEG; ACPi-UK; ICG and NAEGA - to join together and create a single voice for the Career Development sector.
As the professional body for the sector, our aims are to support members to maintain their professionalism by helping them to:
Careers England Ltd is the sole trade association for organisations involved in the provision of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) products and services in England for people of all ages. Our members provide aspects of some, or all, of the four components of CEIAG.
In a typical academic year, our members provide face to face careers support to just under three-quarters of a million individuals in England. This includes working in over 1100 schools to provide CEIAG to over 130,000 young people. In addition, we deliver careers help to 167,000 16 to 20-year-olds, 80,000 20 to 24-year-olds and around 350,000 adults aged at least 24 years.
The members of Careers England Ltd comprise the majority of prime and sub-contracted deliverers of the National Careers Service. They also deliver careers guidance services for local authorities, schools and colleges across England. Most of our members are charities and social enterprises. We also have a number of sole traders and other organisations who, although not delivery services, are engaged with the careers sector.
CRAC provides research, intelligence and innovation services for all those who support the career development of people of all ages and in all sectors.
We work in partnership with government agencies, education organisations and providers and employers and professional bodies.
The IEP is the membership body for employability professionals, dedicated to supporting the people who support others gain work, progress in work and retain work.
Our purpose is empowering individuals to perform to a professional standard, championing employability as a recognised profession, securing employer recognition and creating a network of opportunity.
We are committed to building a programme for the future that provides value for our individual members and affiliates, collaborating with partners to create and deliver quality content and information, learning opportunities, peer connections and support that enhances individual performance from sector professionals operating in a myriad of different practitioner environments. Through our range of member benefits and the sharing of best practice and knowledge we aim to build our profession - a thriving, energetic, creative frontline of trained, skilled and knowledgeable professionals – encouraging them to support each other and develop the profession’s skills and expertise together.
The Institute of Student Employers (ISE), formerly the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), is an independent, not-for-profit membership organisation established in 1968.
As the UK’s leading independent voice for student employers, our vision is that the success of every business is maximised by full access to student talent.
We achieve this by bringing together employers, the education sector and supplier partners, providing leadership and support in all aspects of student recruitment and development.
iCeGS is a research centre with an expertise in career development and widening access. The Centre conducts research, provides consultancy to the career sector, offers a range of training and delivers a number of accredited learning programmes up to and including doctoral level. A history of the Centre is available in the book. Hyde, C. (2014): A Beacon for Guidance.
The Centre employs a team of researchers with a range of academic and professional backgrounds and works closely with a network of research associates and partners who contribute specialist knowledge and capacity. iCeGS has a strong ethos which connects our research to policy and practice.
Jisc’s vision is for the UK to be a world leader in technology for education and research. It owns and operates the super-fast national research and education network, Janet, with built-in cyber security protection. Jisc also provides technology solutions for members (colleges, universities and research centres) and customers (public sector bodies), helps members save time and money by negotiating sector-wide deals and provides advice and practical assistance on digital technology. Jisc is funded by the UK higher and further education and research funding bodies and member institutions.
Prospects has worked at the heart of higher education for nearly 50 years. Part of Jisc Student Services, the directorate collaborates with government, universities and employers to improve student and graduate career outcomes through information, guidance and opportunities. It includes Prospects.ac.uk, which is visited by 2.1 million students and graduates each month, Luminate and the UK's official postgraduate course database. Jisc Student Services also manages Jisc’s Hedd degree verification and fraud services.
If your organisation is interested in working with the Career Development Policy Group, and adding your voice to bring about policy change for the profession, please review our Terms of Reference and get in touch using the form below.