Leeds Seminars and Talks 2020

Seminar theatres sponsored by:

10:00am-10:30am FutureGoals: Leeds City Region LEP careers and inspiration portal

This seminar will showcase the Leeds City Region LEP flagship all-age careers support and inspiration website. The website includes targeted, user friendly LMI based upon local skills and key sectors, an inspirational Creative Toolkit including curriculum-linked teacher resources, the Spotlight Festival competition with differentiated learning materials, and a series of inspirational 60 second employer ‘selfie’ videos.  

Speakers: Lindsey Johnson, Michelle Hunter and Richard Mason
Organisation: West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and Burberry

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: Susan Chambers
Organisation: Department for Education

11:20am-11:50am An inclusive careers strategy at scale

This seminar will cover how Academies Enterprise Trust, one of the largest MATs in England, has developed an inclusive careers strategy and framed this around the Gatsby benchmarks. The seminar will detail the systematic support structures that have been developed, preparation for Ofsted (intent, implementation and impact) monitoring progress and highlight examples of good practice in schools. In addition to impact on students, the seminar will also emphasise the importance of inspiring conversations between staff  – as part of the ongoing professional development of career leaders. 

Speakers: Ryan Gibson
Organisation: Academies Enterprise Trust

12:00pm-12:30pm 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: Claire Cummings
Organisation: Department for Education

12:45pm-1:15pm 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

1:30pm-2:00pm Early careers employability; for all and for the win!

This seminar offers insights into the attributes employers are looking for. Focusing particularly on self-belief and also inclusion as an emerging employability skill, the session examines employability now and in years to come. Join this seminar to consider how our young people can establish and foster these key transferable skills in readiness for successful, happy futures.  

Speaker: Clare Addy
Organisation: Go Higher West Yorkshire

2:15pm-2:45pm 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

Industry Insight Talks:

10:30am-10:45am Degrees with a difference (on the Yorkshire coast)

Coventry University, via their Yorkshire campus, CU Scarborough, is creating the next generation of primary teachers, police officers, engineers, cyber security experts and nurses for the region. The unique learning model breaks many barriers to entry, and all courses are directly linked to industry demands – meaning graduates go straight into the industries they have trained for.

Speaker: Steven Knowles
Organisation: Coventry University Group

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

11:30am-11:45am 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

12:00pm-12:15pm How to build strong, mutually-beneficial partnerships with universities

This talk will give insider information from Leeds Beckett University’s School and College Liaison Manager about how careers advisers can take advantage of a university’s expertise to enrich your careers and progression programmes.

Speaker: William Atkinson
Leeds Becket University

12:30pm-12:45pm VR experience: First day on set at Pinewood Studios

ScreenSkills will showcase their VR experience, behind the scenes at Pinewood Studios. You’ll have the opportunity to hear from people working in hair and make-up, sound, camera, the art department and the video village. This is a great opportunity to see all the people and skills that make a film happen.

Speaker: Kay Verdon
Organisation: ScreenSkills

1:00pm-1:15pm Personalised resources to embrace CEIAG

An overview of the range of engaging personalised resources available from CareersInc which embed Careers at the heart of any establishment.

Speaker: Jonathan Lightfoot
Organisation: CareersInc

1:30pm-1:45pm 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

2:00pm-2:15pm 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

2:30pm-2:45pm Creating worlds: How to conquer the planet’s biggest entertainment industry

Did you know the computer games industry generates more money than the music and film industries combined? The prestigious Princeton Review has ranked Abertay Europe’s top computer games university for five years in a row – and top 25 in the world! Offering a wide range of industry accredited degrees, with very strong links to local, national and international games studios, Abertay University’s mission is to educate students to be the innovators and ground-breakers of tomorrow’s computing and digital media-based industries.

Speaker: Rona Whittet
Organisation: Abertay University