What’s on at National Career Guidance Shows

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CPD Clinics with The CDI:

Claire Johnson, CDI Professional Development Manager will be available to answer any questions you may have on developing your skills and knowledge for working anywhere in the career development sector. If you are interested in joining the profession she can also advise on all the different routes available. She is also happy to answer any questions on what the CDI offers regarding CPD and the various membership benefits. No appointments are needed, simply come to the stand between 9.30 am to 12 noon and then from 1pm until 3pm, (or 3.30 pm in London).

Seminars and Industry Insight Talks:

We have an engaging and informative programme of talks delivered by great key note speakers and experts in their field. The below seminars and talks are confirmed and will be added to before the event so keep checking back.


10:30am-11:00am Health sector careers: what’s new?

Nursing degree apprenticeships? Nursing associates? Medical associate professions? As the NHS celebrates 70 years in 2018, what’s new in terms of roles and trends in the health sector? What resources are available from Health Careers to support career thinking? Come along to find out more – you might be surprised!

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

11:15am – 11:45am Apprenticeships – a route to a great career
Apprenticeships are a great way to progress in work and life and a great way for employers to improve the skills base of their businesses. They work for people of all ages and backgrounds and can transform lives. This talk will highlight the opportunities that apprenticeships provide as a route to skilled employment for people of all ages and genders.

Speaker: Helen Booker, Vice-Chair
Organisation: West of England Apprenticeship Ambassador Network

12:00pm-12:30pm The importance of developing employability skills in school- Creative engagement, working with alumni and promoting the careers brand

An informal talk to discuss the importance of employability skills and how this can be delivered in school using creative ways with maximum impact. James will discuss the importance of working with employers while building an effective alumni network. Finally, this talk will explain how you can raise the profile of a schools’ careers offer to re-invent a service with a traditionally poor reputation to create a fanbase of students, staff, families and stakeholders.

Speaker: James Wilmot, Head of Careers
Organisation: Priory Community School Academy

12:45pm-1:15pm The future skills and attributes that employers are looking for

What does it take to work at a global company? And how can you make sure your students’ applications stand out?  KPMG will be discussing the skills and attributes needed to work as part of a global company, focusing on recruiting for attitude and working out which characteristics and soft skills are required in order to stand out from the crowd.

Keynote Speaker: Jaspreet Jhagra, Student Recruitment Officer
Organisation: KPMG 

1:30pm – 2:00pm Local learners and labour markets – The global skills needs of the future

This seminar will provide advice on finding impactful progression and skills needs data to help develop your own careers and employability plans – plus a snapshot of local and regional skills gaps and global skills needs of the future.

Speaker: Adam Powell, Director of Skills
Organisation: West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership

2:15pm-2:45pm The Careers Strategy – an update

This talk will feature a summary of the government’s new careers strategy and the likely impact on schools and businesses working within the Careers and Enterprise Company’s Enterprise Adviser Network across the south west of England.

Speaker: Will Morlidge, Area Manager (South)
Organisation: The Careers and Enterprise Company

Industry Insight Talks:

10:30am-10:45am What could the space sector offer your students? (and it’s not about human spaceflight)

This fast growing sector has a breadth of opportunities for students who are looking for interesting places to use their STEM skills. Every one of us uses space every day often in ways we’re not even aware of – come and hear about it.

Speaker: Kathie Bowden, Space Skills and Careers Development Manager
Organisation: UK Space Agency

11:00am-11:15am Digital careers  

This talk provides an overview of the digital sector and the increasing career opportunities for graduates of this field. Learn how Teesside University’s new generation of computing students develop their skills to prepare for work in the areas of gaming, animation and other digital professions.

Speaker: Jackie Barker, Principal Lecturer, Computing
 Teesside University

11:30am-11:45am Inspiring careers in construction

Change your perceptions of the construction industry. Find out more about the highly paid roles available nationally for students wishing to become professional tradespeople through to long term careers available in interior design, finance, facilities management, health & safety, HR and marketing.

Speaker: Elaine Hodgin, Head of Sales & Marketing
Organisation: Clarkson Evans Ltd

12:00pm-12:15pm How to get a degree for free

Times have changed. No longer is the sure-fire way to a high flying career leaving school to go to university and finding the pot of gold. There are now multiple routes for those who wish to gain a degree, but don’t see themselves in classrooms for another 3+ years, or who want to avoid the debt trap and earn while learning. We take you through the options their pros and the cons.

Speaker: Emma Finamore, Senior Editor
Organisation: AllAboutSchoolLeavers

12:30pm-12:45pm Professional development and CPD for career advisers and career teachers

With the new Careers Strategy launched at the CDI Conference in December, it is more important than ever to remain up to date with your CPD. Get an insight into how the Careers Strategy will affect your role, and how the CDI can support and enhance your professional development.

Speaker: Jan Ellis, Chief Executive
Organisation: Career Development Institute

1:00pm-1:15pm Using technology to achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks

This talk explores how the use of technology can support careers services to achieve each of the Gatsby Benchmarks and record, provide evidence and evaluate careers service provision.

Speaker: James Robertson, Managing Director
Organisation: Grofar

1:30pm-1:45pm Why resilience is vital

Statistics about young people show a rise in alcohol and substance misuse, unemployment, mental health, poverty and family breakdown. Tackling these issues head-on benefits young people, their families and wider society. Find out how ‘I am Resilient’ Project from Prospects is nurturing resilience to help young people engage in education, employment and training.

Speaker: Ashlee Carlile, Resilience Programme Manager
Organisation: I am Resilient Project

2:00pm-2:15pm Using Careerpilot to support the new Careers Strategy

Learn how the free Careerpilot website can become a central resource to help schools deliver impartial IAG, the careers strategy and Gatsby Benchmarks.

Speaker: Sue Lewis, Support for Learners Coordinator
Organisation: Careerpilot

2:30pm-2:45pm A career in law 

An interactive and engaging insight into studying law in the UK.  This presentation will include a breakdown of what students should do to get onto a law degree, and the subsequent steps required to become a solicitor or a barrister.

Speaker: Hayley Mason, Student Recruitment Manager
Organisation: The University of Law