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 3.30pm.

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.


Seminar Theatre 1

10:00am – 10:30am The Careers Strategy – what will it mean to you?

Following the release of the Government’s Careers Strategy ‘Making the most of everyone’s skills and talents’, this seminar will focus on how the National Careers Service is supporting schools and their careers leaders now and in the future. With a renewed government focus on careers advice, the talk will help you to understand the changes the National Careers Service is introducing to its digital platform to make it a single source of information for your students. This talk will also examine the challenges for improving the availability of careers services for adults through the National Careers Service.

Keynote Speaker: Joe Billington, Director of National Careers Service
Organisation: Education and Skills Funding Agency

10:50am-11:20am Why the mass UCAS sign-up may no longer be fit for purpose

Across the country thousands of sixth forms and colleges get all of their level 3 students to sign up for UCAS and apply for university. Andy Gardner argues that this mass sign-up for UCAS may no longer be fit for purpose and students should opt-in to UCAS Apply, not opt-out, and only after a programme of impartial careers education and guidance.

Speaker: Andy Gardner, Careers Adviser and Operations Manager
Organisation: Central Careers Hub

11:40am-12:10pm The role of experiential learning in careers learning/planning

In order for careers advice and guidance to be most effective this should provide young people with the opportunity to engage in experiences which develop key employability competencies and apply careers advice and guidance learning in a real life context.  This seminar provides an insight into the impact of experiential careers education, and how this can support schools in achieving all eight of the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Keynote Speaker: Sharon Davies, Deputy CEO
Organisation: Young Enterprise

12:30pm-1:00pm Fuelling young people’s futures 

The Careers & Enterprise Company, along with the Gatsby Foundation, have developed the Compass and Tracker tools to support schools and colleges to evaluate and plan their careers provision, in relation to the Gatsby Benchmarks. In this seminar, Professor Tristram Hooley will outline what we have learnt so far from the Compass tool data, and how the tools can support schools and colleges to offer a broad and comprehensive careers and enterprise plan.

Speaker: Professor Tristram Hooley, Director of Research
The Careers and Enterprise Company

1:15pm-1:45pm 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?  British Airways will be discussing the skills and attributes needed to work as part of a global airline, focusing on recruiting for attitude and working out which characteristics and soft skills are required in order to stand out from the crowd.

Speaker: Melissa Kose, Work Experience Programme Lead
Organisation: British Airways

2:00pm-2:30pm Skills Champions – my digital career journey

Skills Champions Yogi and Kim speak about their journey through national WorldSkills UK Competitions into digital careers in cyber security, web design and mobile robotic and being an entrepreneur.

Speakers: Yogi Raghvani & Kim Reid, WorldSkills UK Champions
Organisation: WorldSkills UK

2:45pm-3:15pm How young is too young?

If aspirations motivate young people to succeed at school, why does career learning not feature as part of the primary curriculum?
With primary education providing the essential foundation upon which future learning is built, surely all key stages should benefit from an effective career learning framework to support the aspiration agenda.

Keynote Speaker: Lesley Tannock, Careers Learning Development Manager
Organisation: Leigh Academies Trust

Seminar Theatre 2

10:00am-10:30pm Mind the gap: how can we meet the skills need of the digital revolution?

In the context of the digital revolution, this talk will explore the skills and aptitudes young people will need for the jobs of the future, the sectors which will expand – and those which will contract – and how the education system needs to adapt to meet the needs of young people, employers and the economy.

Speaker: Olly Newton, Director of Policy and Research
Organisation: The Edge Foundation

10:50am-11:20am 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.

Speaker: A NAS representative
 National Apprenticeship Service

11:40am-12:10pm Mind Flip: A toolkit for finding transferable skills

Mind Flipping: to flip your focus away from yourself and instead look outwards – on to the value you add and the problems you, uniquely, can solve for other people.  Executive Coach & Speaker, Zena Everett is one of the UK’s leading careers experts. An Amazon reviewer called her book, Mind Flip, the new ‘What Colour is Your Parachute?’.  In this session Zena will explain her tool-kit for finding and explaining transferable skills so you can help your clients find better work more quickly.

Speaker: Zena Everet, Author of Mind Flip: Reinvent Your Future
Organisation: Careers Expert: Executive Coach & Motivational Speaker

12:30pm-1:00pm 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

1:15pm-1:45pm ‘Good career guidance’: lessons from the Gatsby benchmarks pilot

This session will explore ‘what good looks like’ in relation to careers guidance, drawing on evidence and outcomes from the national pilot, which tested the implementation of the Gatsby Foundation’s eight Benchmarks of good careers guidance in 16 schools and colleges in the North East. The session will go on to explore a variety of models and different approaches to integrating careers guidance in schools and colleges, and why this is important to outcomes.

Speaker: Ryan Gibson, National Facilitator: Career Benchmarks
Organisation: North East Local Enterprise Partnership

2:00pm-2:30pm The future of careers guidance within tutorial education

This talk will look at a new approach to tutorial education which prepares its students for the demands of a 21st century career with specific career and employability skills embedded into the curriculum.

Speaker: Alex Gray, Academic Director
Organisation: Greene’s Tutorial College

2:45pm-3:15pm 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)

Industry Insight Talks:

10:15am-10:30am 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: Jonathan Walsh, Student Recruitment Manager, London Bloomsbury Campus
Organisation: The University of Law

10:45am-11:00am Team entrepreneurship

This session outlines Teesside University’s BA (Hons) Team Entrepreneurship. This is a new and innovative course, based on a Finnish model. Come along to find out how students of this course learn by running their own business in small teams and working with business coaches. You’ll come away from this talk with a good understanding of what students gain from this pioneering course and how it prepares them for the world of work.

Speaker: Malgorzata Ciesielska, Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
Organisation: Teesside University

11:15am-11:30am 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

11:45am-12:00pm Careers in property – challenging the stereotypes

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 for school leavers and beyond and challenge some of the perceived stereotypes about what working in property offers.

Speaker: Pamela Duke, Diversity Programme Manager
Organisation: Property Needs You

12:15pm-12:30pm Careers that influence the life of London

TfL set out to help careers advisors understand TfL’s and the wider transport sector’s current and future needs, specifically in the fields of engineering and technology. In this session TfL will introduce their School Skills Programme which supports scarce STEM careers‎ advice from primary school to Year 13. They will also explain the recruitment process for their apprenticeship schemes to help you inform young people.

Speaker: James Lloyd, Resourcing Manager
Organisation: Transport for London

12:45pm-1:00pm 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

1:15pm-1:30pm 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

1:45pm-2:00pm Inspiring young people – especially girls – to consider careers in STEM

From artificial intelligence to renewable energy, engineers are driving innovation and are amongst the most in-demand jobs globally. Tomorrow’s Engineers and the Institute of Physics showcase modern STEM careers, providing practical tips on how to combat gender stereotypes in relation to subject choice and inspire students – especially girls – into STEM.

Speaker: Taj Bhutta, Schools Support Manager
Organisation: Institute of Physics/Tomorrow’s Engineers

2:15pm-2:30pm 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

2:45pm-3:00pm 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

3:15pm-3:30pm 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)