Expert speakers lined up for all four National Career Guidance Shows 

March is set to be a busy month for career leaders across the UK, with National Careers Week and National Apprenticeship Week both dominating the first week of the month. The month also brings the CPD events of the year for career advisers to four cities across the country, with free resources and seminars aimed at boosting knowledge of local skills gaps and career opportunities and pathways. 

The National Career Guidance Shows will be in Leeds, Coventry, London and Bristol this March – bringing together employers, colleges, universities, learning providers and other organisations passionate about the world of careers advice and guidance. 

Speakers include representatives from Airbus, Barclays LifeSkills, Jaguar Land Rover, Nesta, National Apprenticeship Service, Goldsmiths University of London, Youth Employment UK and Health Careers to name just a few. 

The events are delivered by Prospects Events, which is part of Shaw Trust one of the largest 25 charities in the UK. Organised in partnership with the Career Development Institute, the events are also supported by National Apprenticeship Service and the Bristol event is supported by the West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership.  

Jan Ellis, Chief Executive of the CDI, said: “We have recently surveyed careers sector employers and know that many struggle to invest in CPD for their staff. The NCGS series of free one-day events combine the opportunity to talk to hundreds of employers and learning providers, with high quality seminars and presentations, making for a rich and intensive experience at minimal cost.”    

Karrie Breen, Head of Events at Prospects Events, organisers of the National Career Guidance Shows, said: “The National Career Guidance Shows offer a unique opportunity for career professionals to access support from a wide range of oragnisations who can assist them in planning and delivering their career programmes. This will ensure they can meet the various requirements of the Gatsby Benchmarks, which are so key to the Government’s Careers Strategy.” 

The theme for the 2019 series is “Pathways to Careers” and aims to inspire and inform visitors about the many different pathways that can be taken to reach a potential career. There is no wrong path, but the route to the career you want may not always be clear, which is why careers advice and guidance is so important. 

The need to promote various pathways is highlighted in the most recent Youth Voice Census, Youth Employment UK’s annual survey. Visitors can hear about the Youth Voice Census results at the seminar theatres at all four National Career Guidance Shows. There will also be presentations and talks focused on a whole range of topics, from SEN inclusion to building successful relationships between schools and employers as well as an update on pathways to careers in the NHS, delivered by Health Careers who sponsor the seminar theatres at all four events. 

Full seminar schedules can be viewed by clicking the relevant links below. Visiting is completely free but people are encouraged to register before the events to ensure they received an e-badge before the event. Register for free here:  

The Leeds event takes place on Thursday 7 March and the seminar schedule can be viewed here:   

The Coventry event takes place on Thursday 14 March and the seminar schedule can be viewed here:   

The London event takes place on Tuesday 19 March and the seminar schedule can be viewed here:  

The Bristol event takes place on Thursday 28 March and the seminar schedule can be viewed here: