What’s on at National Career Guidance Shows

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Floorplan and seminar schedule

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.


10:00am-10:30am 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. The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) are rolling out many more Higher and Degree Apprenticeships, combining a high quality qualification with an apprenticeship.  Higher and Degree Apprenticeships are widening access to the professions and providing higher level technical skills employers need to improve productivity and giving young people an equally valid career route as going to university. This talk will highlight the opportunities that apprenticeships provide as a route to skilled employment for people of all ages and genders.

Organisation: National Apprenticeship Service

10:40am-11:10am 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

11:20am-11:50am Why careers education, information, advice and guidance matters even more than ever

The last seven years have seen unprecedented attacks on the careers sector and the people who work in it. Now things are beginning to change. This session identifies five national challenges which as a nation we must meet if we are to be economically competitive. The work of those in the careers sector is crucial to meeting these challenges.

Keynote Speaker: Steve Stewart OBE, Executive Director
Organisation: Careers England Ltd

12:00pm-12:30pm 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)

12:45pm-1:15pm The benefits of achieving the Quality in Careers Standard

The Quality in Careers Standard is the national, externally-assessed award for careers education, information, advice and guidance. This seminar will explore the benefits for the institution, for careers professionals, and above all for learners in the light of government guidance.

Speaker: Michele Squire, Careers Education Strategic Manager
Organisation: Prospects

1:30pm-2:00pm Embedding 21st Century Career Development Learning in the school curriculum

Embedding career learning into the curriculum can make lessons more relevant, raise aspirations and support students in making career links between the classroom and the world of work. This seminar will give examples of how to make it work from a school that has been through the Quality in Careers Standard at a straight Gold level.

Speaker: David Wallace, Careers Manager
Organisation: Stratford upon Avon School

2:15pm-2:45pm Using LifeSkills to support employability teaching

Hear from an educator on their perspective of using LifeSkills, offering advice on support on how you can use the programme to support your students in getting ready for the 21st century workplace.

Speaker: Hannah Furrer, Senior Consultant
Organisation: LifeSkills created with Barclays

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 Engineering in today’s society

Find out how Teesside University’s Science, Engineering & Design students learn to solve complex problems to improve people’s lives. This talk explains how the field of engineering is used extensively within industry to assist and complement one of the most advanced natural structures in the world – the human body. You’ll come away from this talk with a great insight into the ways that science and engineering students are contributing to the healthcare system and the way we understand the human body.

Speaker: Manu Ramegowda, Senior Lecturer in Engineering
Organisation: 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 Using online assessments in career guidance

This seminar will explore the benefits and potential pitfalls using online assessments with young people and adults, with particular reference to Morrisby Online.

Speaker: Rod Morley, Business Development Manager
Organisation: The Morrisby Organisation

12:30pm-12:45pm Apprenticeship insights 2017-2018

RateMyApprenticeship will share their knowledge and experience of the school and college leaver market, as well as insights from the 11,000 peer to peer reviews featured on RateMyApprenticeship.co.uk.

Speaker: Hannah Lydford, Marketing Coordinator
Organisation: RateMyApprenticeship

1:00pm-1:15pm 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: Beth Jobbins, Student Recruitment Manager
Organisation: The University of Law

1:30pm-1:45pm Creative careers

Many are unaware of the choices available to them and the paths that can lead to a diverse, rewarding and fulfilling future in a creative careerWe want to join careers advisors to inspire a new generation and see students fulfil their potential and reaching their goals.

Speaker: Molly Raymer, Outreach Officer
Organisation: University for the Creative Arts

2:00pm-2:15pm 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

2:30pm-2:45pm A career in accounting 

A guide on how to best start an accountancy career with either no experience at all or some experience in accounting already. This talk guides you through the options in terms of how to get started, where and how to study, how long it takes and how much it costs.

Speaker: Damien McMenamin, Membership Sales & Recruitment Manager
Organisation: Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)