New convention launched for career professionals from across the south west

A new event for anyone passionate about promoting careers is coming to Bristol this spring, with free entry for all visitors. 

With the launch of the government’s new Careers Strategy this week, the event will ensure careers advisers, coaches, teachers, practitioners and other professionals from across the region are up-to-date with the most recent developments in the world of careers. 

The National Career Guidance Show South will take place on Thursday 22 March 2018 at Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol. Delegates will have access to free professional development through engaging and informative seminars, as well as the chance to network with dozens of employers, universities and other organisations who can support the work of career professionals.  

The convention provides professionals with the chance to keep up to date with recent findings in the world of career education. According to a recent report from Teach First, by 2022 9 million people with low skills are expected to be competing for 4 million low-skilled jobs, with a shortage of 3 million workers to fill 15 million high-skilled jobs. With these figures in mind, along with the ever changing digital landscape and an aging workforce, the theme of the National Career Guidance Shows is “The Future of Work.” 

The event is organised by Prospects Events, in partnership with the West of England Combined Authority (WECA). West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, said: “I’m delighted that this event is coming to our region. It is important that we all work together to ensure that our young people are given the right careers advice so that we are supporting our key sectors with a steady flow of skilled labour in the future. 

“The West of England has one of the most highly skilled workforces in the country and is home to around 43,000 businesses, one of the many reasons it’s a great place to live. However, matching the right people to the right jobs, education and training opportunities often relies on the skills and knowledge of career professionals.  

“Events such as this help ensure that those professionals have access to the very latest labour market intelligence and understand the rapidly changing needs of the local economy.  

“The National Career Guidance Show South will also help ensure residents across the West of England have access to high quality career guidance and support to help them achieve their potential and excel in their working lives.” 

This new convention is part of a wider series of events which aim to arm careers advisers, coaches, teachers, practitioners and other professionals with the resources they need to support students or job seekers, so that they can make a smooth transition from education, training or unemployment to working life. The other National Career Guidance Shows are taking place in London, Leeds and Coventry on 28 February, 8 March and 15 March respectively. 

The National Career Guidance Show series is organised by Prospects Events, supported by the Career Development Institute and the National Apprenticeship Service. 

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The National Career Guidance Shows are the UK’s leading series of career sector events. They offer a unique opportunity for careers advisers, coaches, teachers, practitioners and other professionals working in the public, private, voluntary and community sectors to meet a range of organisations who can support educators. 

With free entry for all visitors, other benefits include access to free resources and fresh ideas from industry experts. Working with the Career Development Institute (CDI) also ensures all visitors receive a free CPD certificate to acknowledge the learning and networking they have accessed. 

Held annually in four locations the events will be in London, Leeds, Coventry and Bristol spring 2018. 

Prospects Events are working in partnership with the West of England Combined Authority to deliver the new National Career Guidance Show South, located in Bristol.