Coventry Seminars and Talks 2020

Seminar theatres sponsored by:

10:00am-10:30am Apprenticeships, information advice & guidance for teachers and careers advisers 

It’s vital we give all young people access to excellent careers support so they feel able to make informed decisions about their options. Come and hear about the wide range of apprenticeship opportunities on offer, and how the Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge (ASK) for Schools and Colleges programme can benefit students, teachers and careers advisers. Apprenticeship experts will help you kick start the career of students thinking about their next steps.

Speaker: Carolyn Savage
OrganisationDepartment for Education 

10:40am-11:10am An introduction to T Levels 

This seminar will provide an introduction to T Levels, the new technical equivalent to A levels. You will learn what these new qualifications are, why they are being introduced and when they will arrive. You will be signposted to sources of further information to help you advise students on their options. 

Speaker: Sue Clarke
Organisation: Department for Education 

11:20am-11:50am Preparing students for work in an impactful and inspiring way

This seminar will share with you how IGD’s Feeding Britain’s Future programme brings the food and consumer goods industry together to inspire the next generation. The programme provides schools with structured opportunities for students to spend quality time with industry professionals, developing their employability skills and supporting the school’s careers strategy. Learn how they’ve measured their impact to understand that this type of intervention increases skills, knowledge and attraction to the food and consumer goods industry.

Speaker: Sarah McCarthy
OrganisationIGD – Feeding Britain’s Future 

12:00pm-12:30pm Be more than Gatsby

Adopting a holistic and pastoral approach to careers work in school. This seminar will explore how to create a careers programme that achieves more than the Gatsby benchmarks and deliver something that students, staff, families, education providers and employers will enjoy participating in. 

Speaker: James Wilmot
Organisation: Priory Learning Trust

12:45pm-1:15pm Pathways into health careers

The world of health careers can be complex and fast-moving but with so many roles it’s also very inclusive and has something for everyone no matter what their interests! Join Abi Changer from Health Careers to hear about the latest news in the health sector (focusing on the NHS). It will be a whistle-stop tour including apprenticeships, emerging roles and new resources from Health Careers, plus time for some FAQs. 

Speaker: Abigail Changer
Organisation: Health Careers

1:30pm-2:00pm Embedding employability skills across the curriculum

Hear about the transferable skills employers are looking for and the importance of creating an inclusive whole school approach to developing these. Learn practical strategies for embedding these skills across the curriculum, inspiring students to see the relevance of their skills to a range of future pathways.

Speaker: Sophie Farrington
Organisation: Lifeskills created with Barclays

2:15pm-2:45pm Collaboration is key! Creating an inclusive careers programme through partnerships

Hear how strong partnerships have been created between Sheffield Universities and 46 regional schools and colleges, as part of the Office for Students Uni Connect programme, targeting young people most at risk of missing out on higher education. The seminar will empower delegates to forge collaborations outside of their immediate workplaces and reflect on the benefits of partnerships between school, FE and HE careers and outreach provision.

Speaker: Caroline Hanson and Rachel Crowder
Organisation: Higher Education Progression Partnership South Yorkshire (HeppSY)

Industry Insight Talks:

10:30am-10:45am An introduction to careers in property

Often people think of a career in property as either construction workers out on a building site or estate agents selling houses – but careers in the built environment can offer so much more. This talk will explore the various opportunities that working in property can offer and how to make the step in to those careers.

Speaker: Kelly Canterford
Organisation: Property Needs You

11:00am-11:15am Unifrog: the complete destinations platform, a one-stop-shop for careers guidance

Find out about the Unifrog community and platform, dedicated to leveling the playing field for students across 2,000 schools. Explore the key trends that are driving students’ decision-making and what we can do to support them to find their best next steps.

Speaker: Tom Haywood-Pope
Organisation: Unifrog

11:30am-11:45am Inspiration for everyone

The space sector offers inspiring jobs and careers for young people with widely differing interests, from those who want to build and launch technology to Mars, to those who want to understand the environment on Earth, and those who want to use one to help the other. Come and find out where your students might go and help them turn dreams into reality.

Speaker: Kathie Bowden
Organisation: UK Space Agency

12:00pm-12:15pm Myths, stereotypes and lies about apprenticeships

This talk will cover the truth about apprenticeships—why degree apprenticeships are a viable alternative to degrees, why most apprentices are not poorly paid, the extensive range of standards beyond the traditionally known ones and more.

Speaker: Broderick Sutherland
Organisation: AllAboutSchoolLeavers

12:30pm-12:45pm Navigating post-18 career options

This session covers an overview of some of the different pathways available for students leaving school or college. These include higher and degree apprenticeships, partnership degrees and undergraduate placements. The talk will explore the factors to weigh up when making decisions about choosing which option is right.

Speaker: Georgina Young
Organisation: PwC

1:00pm-1:15pm Discovering maths, science and more through weather and climate

Weather and climate affect everything, from the way we live, to what we eat, to our personal safety. The Met Office’s new curriculum-linked programme is designed to help young people understand the wide-reaching impacts of weather and climate change locally and globally, for people, places and businesses.

Speaker: Felicity Liggins
Organisation: Met Office

1:30pm-1:45pm Study in Canada: A world of opportunities

Discover why thousands of international students choose to study in Canada each year. From safe and diverse campuses, world-class institutions, unique work/study options, and abundant postgraduate opportunities, Canada is a land of endless possibilities.

Speaker: Chelsea Ljutic
Organisation: High Commission of Canada in the UK

2:00pm-2:15pm Careers in the maritime sector 

UK Maritime is one of the most vibrant and competitive sectors in the world. With sea trade expected to double in the next 20 years there is a need for a highly skilled workforce and as such there are career opportunities that are both exciting and rewarding waiting to be filled.

Speaker: Paul Owen
Organisation: Maritime UK 

2:30pm-2:45pm Building a career for all for the future that Britain needs

Employers within the building services engineering sector are crying out for a more diverse base of applicants. This talk will discuss how considering a career in this sector can lead to degree level apprenticeships with awesome salaries for ALL students.

Speaker: Nikki Cowan
Organisation: JTL