London Seminars and Talks 2019

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Seminar Theatre One

10:00am-10:30am How small businesses can supercharge careers advice – click here for recording

Small businesses are enthusiastic about supporting careers advice in their local schools.  Many struggle to do so, even though they offer great opportunities for personal and professional development.  Why is this?  And what needs to be done to build a successful relationship between schools and employers?

Keynote Speaker: Anthony Impey MBE, Founder of Optimity & Chair of the Skills Policy Board of Federation of Small Businesses
Panellists: Alison Miller, Work Placement Manager, Hackney 100, London Borough of Hackney and Janice Phayre, Global Credit and Contracts Manager and Head of CR, Sapphire Systems
Organisation: Optimity

10:50am-11:20am Youth Voice Census – what young people tell us of their experience as they transition between education and employment click here for presentation slides

The Youth Voice Census was developed in response to a sector need to build a picture of the employment challenges and barriers that young people are currently facing as they transition between education and employment. The 2018 pilot was a huge success with 1500 young people responding from diverse backgrounds across England. Hear the results from the Census Report, published in October 2018 and how this has had significant engagement across the youth employment sector reaching educators, youth organisations, employers and civil servants.

Speaker: Laura-Jane Rawlings, CEO
Organisation: Youth Employment UK

11:40am-12:10pm Real career pathways in a changing world click here for presentation slides

Using young people’s early career histories and little gems of advice from their own personal experience can be inspirational in guidance. This lively seminar will tell the stories of some ex-Level 3 learners to illustrate the way diverse career pathways can take shape in a fast-changing, unpredictable world.

Speaker: Alan Bullock, Freelance Careers & Higher Education Consultant
Organisation: Alan Bullock Careers

12:30pm-1:00pm Engaging students who say: ‘I don’t know what I want to do’ click here for presentation slides

As seasoned careers professionals know, it’s often a challenge to get students who say they have no idea what they want to do, engaged in thinking about their future. This session will highlight a number of simple, free, fun ways – including the SACU Career Cloud Quiz – that can help students take the first step on their careers journey.

Speaker: Peter Mulligan, Co-founder SACU Ltd
Organisation: SACU Ltd

1:20pm-1:50pm Pathways to careers in the health sector click here for presentation slides

Join Alan Simmons from Health Careers to hear about the latest news in the health sector (focusing on the NHS). In this whistle stop tour, he will talk about apprenticeships, emerging roles, new resources from Health Careers and try to answer some of your FAQs.

Speaker: Alan Simmons, Careers Specialist
Organisation: Health Careers (NHS Health Education England)

2:10pm-2:40pm Future skills: what skills will be in demand and what can the sector do to help young people better prepare? click here for presentation slides

When today’s school children enter the workplace, many will be faced with roles that do not exist today. How do we equip children with skills that are more resilient in the changing job market? What are the skills that will be in demand? Nesta has undertaken research exploring trends and projections for skills demands and is supporting the sector to develop scalable approaches to developing these skills.

Speaker: Jed Cinnamon, Programme Manager – Education
Organisation: Nesta

3:00pm-3:30pm School & careers leaders – second guessing Ofsted requirements click here for presentation slides

Ofsted are currently consulting on the contents of the new Common Inspection Framework which will come into force in September 2019.  There will be a new inspection judgement of Personal Development and a heightened interest in curriculum.  What should careers leaders be focusing on in preparation?

Speaker: Janet Colledge, Careers Education Consultant
Organisation: Outstanding Careers

Seminar Theatre Two

10:00am-10:30am Working with universities to meet Gatsby Benchmark 7 click here for presentation slides

This talk focuses on the range of pre-16 and post-16 activities delivered by universities and how to approach universities to successfully engage them in your IAG programme.

Speaker: Elizabeth McCullough, UK Student Recruitment Manager
Organisation: Goldsmiths, University of London

10:50am-11:20am Career coaching techniques click here for presentation slides

Clients are often facing difficult dilemmas or barriers and it can be useful to have a range of different techniques at your disposal to help. In this practical and interactive session Julia will introduce a number of contemporary coaching tools which have been shown to help clients with their career development.

Speaker: Julia Yates, Senior Lecturer
Organisation: City, University of London

11:40am-12:10pm T-Levels & Vocational Industry Placements (VIP’s) click here for presentation slides

This seminar will give some background to the “who, why and when” of T-Levels and will provide clarity about industry placements and why the 45-day placement is so critical. Seymour will outline benefits to students and employers in relation to the local skills base.

Speaker: Seymour Pearman, Intermediaries Senior Manager
Organisation: Department for Education (ESFA)

12:30pm-1:00pm Careers priorities in Greater London click here for presentation slides

Delegates will hear about the Mayor of London’s priorities for careers in Greater London including the development of the all age careers action plan.  The seminar will focus particularly on the construction sector and the opportunities available through the Mayor’s Construction Academy hubs which were launched recently.

Keynote Speaker: Michael Heanue, Principal Policy Officer, Skills and Employment Unit
Organisation: Greater London Authority (including the Mayor’s Construction Academy)

1:20pm-1:50pm Apprenticeships, information advice & guidance for teachers and careers advisors click here for presentation slides

The National Apprenticeship Service will be available to provide the latest information on the wide range of apprenticeship opportunities. Hear about the Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools and Colleges programme and the benefits to students, teachers and careers advisors. Apprenticeship experts will help you kick start the career of students thinking about their first career choice.

Speaker: National Apprenticeship Service representative
Organisation: National Apprenticeship Service

2:10pm-2:40pm What it’s like to work at BBC Studios  click here for presentation slides

This talk will reflect on the sort of careers available at BBC Studios and how BBC Studios fits within the wider BBC group and the televisions industry. Adam will share his advice for people looking to start off a media career and highlight what BBC Studios would be looking for in a candidate at interview stage.

Speaker: Adam Bishop, Senior Vice President – Western Europe

Organisation: BBC Studios

3:00pm-3:30pm Systemic inclusion in SEN click here for presentation slides

Dr Nancy Doyle reached the top 10 of the Shaw Trusts Disability Power 100 in 2018 and is well known for her work on the award-winning BBC television series Employable Me. During this seminar Nancy will share stories and examples of how we can reduce costs and barriers in SEN inclusion with proactive approaches to systemic reasonable adjustments.

Keynote Speaker: Dr Nancy Doyle, CEO
Organisation: Genius Within CIC

Industry Insight Talks:

10:30am-10:45am Drama Training for the 21st Century 

How can drama schools support students to achieve a successful career in the arts? Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company has revolutionised actor training to reflect the modern performance landscape and now has a 97%* industry retention rate over five years (*2012-17). This insight explains the key elements to a valuable actor training experience.

Speaker: Steve Green, Artistic Director
Organisation: Fourth Monkey Actor Training Group

11:00am-11:15am Demystifying careers in digital skills click here for presentation slides

This insight talk will provide you with clear information about the different pathways into careers in digital skills.  In particular, it will provide reliable sources of information in a space that changes daily!

Speaker: Ana Herrera, Director of Careers and HR
Organisation: Ada. National College for Digital Skills

11:30am-11:45am Empowering individuals to make career choices click here for presentation slides

Every young person we work with has strengths. In the context of careers guidance and decision making tools, this insight talk will discuss how we, as careers professionals, can best support clients to identify their strengths, to help them begin their career journey with self-confidence.

Speaker: Joanne Carrington, Careers Adviser
The Morrisby Organisation

12:00pm-12:15pm Workplace Skills: Useful for University click here for presentation slides

With an increasing number of students undertaking a work placement as part of their studies, for many young people going to university is also the first time their workplace skills are put to the test. This talk explores the key workplace skills students are expected to bring with them to University, and some of the ways they can be developed before they arrive.

Speaker: Dr Timothy Whittlesea, Outreach Manager
Organisation: Middlesex University London

12:30pm-12:45pm Supporting autistic young people into paid work experience  click here for presentation slides

Autism Exchange is a work experience programme providing young people with autism access to paid experiences of work with employers such as the Civil Service, SAP UK, m/SIX and Health Education England. The programme is entering its 5th year of delivery and this session will share insights, impact and outcomes.

Speaker: Claire Caccavone, Programme Director – Support and Participation
Organisation: Ambitious about Autism

1:00pm-1:15pm Team Entrepreneurship – much more than just a business degree click here for presentation slides

BA (Hons) Team Entrepreneurship is not your typical degree. Student learning is largely based on practice and students receive guidance and support from business coaches, instead of lecturers. Instead of examining case studies, students run a business and trade from the first year. Students learn by doing. Inspired by the ground-breaking Finnish Team Academy approach and part of a growing international network, this programme is a new type of learning experience and one of only a handful of such courses to run in the UK. This insight talk will outline the learning philosophy and approach adopted as part of the ground breaking programme and will provide insight into the potential outcomes of this provision.

Speaker: Gill Owens, Head of Department (Business)
Organisation: Teesside University

1:30pm-1:45pm Are you ready for employment? click here for presentation slides

Adviza have worked with Dr Deirdre Hughes to create an approach, which helps young people build the necessary competencies needed to gain employment. This talk will present these well-researched theories and how they underpin this approach to employability. Emma will demonstrate how it can be used to get inexperienced people into the world of work.

Speaker: Emma Brown, Sales Co-Ordinator
Organisation: Adviza

2:00pm-2:15pm Apprenticeships: No longer a choice between university or not 

This talk discusses the rise of degree and masters level apprenticeships with particular reference to Russell Group Universities now stepping into the picture. This insight also explores the evolving choices and influences available to students and dispelling current misconceptions. Hear directly from current apprentices on their own experiences.

Speaker: Phillip Paige, UK Early Careers Manager
Organisation: J.P. Morgan

2:30pm-2:45pm Pathways into careers in screen click here for presentation slides

There is an estimated need for 10,000 new entrants in the screen industries alone by 2022 and these are jobs at a low risk of being replaced by robots. This session fills in some of the gaps, giving current information about the way the sector works, skills gaps, and opportunities for your students in the future.

Speaker: Margaret Burgin, Head of Careers
Organisation: ScreenSkills

3:00pm-3:15pm Careers in property – challenging the stereotypes click here for presentation slides

Careers in property help shape the world and environment we live and work in. Property Needs You want to introduce you to the range of career paths into the industry from school leavers and beyond and challenge some of the perceived stereotypes about what working in property offers.

Speaker: Kelly Canterford, Programme Manager
Organisation: Property Needs You

3:30pm-3:45pm I See The Difference Campaign  click here for presentation slides

The I See The Difference campaign is a government funded programme to raise awareness of little-known professions in healthcare that are under-represented. These are: podiatry, therapeutic radiography, prosthetics, and orthoptics. Due to the fact there aren’t enough students studying these courses at university, there is a huge demands for these professionals, meaning job prospects for young people are excellent. This insight will inform careers advisers of the existence of these courses, to disseminate to their students, and increase the number of professionals in the field.

Speaker: Olivia Stocker, Student Recruitment & Outreach Officer
Organisation: I See The Difference