Annual Conference 2017

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Reinventing Careers - Career Development That Works for All

raf regular and reserves V1 RGB RESIZEDMonday 4th - Tuesday 5th December 2017                                                 

The St Johns Hotel, Solihull    

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Sponsored by: The RAF

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New keynote speaker recently added to programme
Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills and Minister for Women


1. The Programme

The big picture: Day 1 of the conference will include the exhibition;  two pleary sessions inlcuding a keynote address by Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills; the President's address (Virginia Isaac), two workshops; CDI's AGM and a conference dinner.

Day 2 will comprise two workshops; two plenary sessions and an opportunity to welcome and listen to our incoming President (Laura Bell).

Conference themes

  • The future of work and the importance of lifelong career development for all
  • The guidance/coaching paradigm
  • Digital skills for career professionals

Keynote speakers: Already confirmed - Peter Cheese, CE CIPD; Professor Tristram Hooley; Dr Siobhan Neary iCEGS; Dr Julia Yates, City University; Nicki Moore iCEGS; Sarah Finnegan-Dehn, Director of Service Development, Careers Wales and Ruth Winden, international career consultant.

2. Call for Workshops

Our professional workshops programme is a distinguishing aspect of our annual conference. Over the the two days, delegates will have access to a choice of 32 workshops spread across four timetabled workshop sessions.

If you are an expert in your field and would like to present a workshop(s), which must align with one of the conference themes, please read Call For Workshops 2017 and submit your application(s) on this Workshop Proposal Form 2017. The closing date for receipt of proposals is been extended to 17.00 on Friday 22 September. Please email to: (There is a reduced conference fee for workshop presenters - £160 + VAT.)

3. The venue

The St Johns Hotel, Warwick Road, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 1AT

A leafy location, just 10 minutes from the centre of Birmingham and 7 minutes walk from the railway station (with direct services from London Marylebone), the St Johns offers excellent conference facilities, ample free parking and four star accommodation. The on-site leisure club has a gym; indoor pool; sauna; steam room; spa bath and solarium. The hotel is 4 miles from Birmingham International Airport.

To book your place, please complete our online booking form

4. Prices and booking

The conference package comprise several options:

  • Two day conference fee (including refreshments and lunches) - standard rate from August 1st to November 30 (to be paid by December 1st)
  • Conference dinner - James Bond Casino Royale theme
  • Day delegate fee  Day 1 and Day 2 (including refreshments and lunch) 

Standard rates (from August 1st)

Conference fee (members) - £175.00 + VAT
Conference fee (student members) - £125.00 + VAT
Conference fee (non-members) - £275 + VAT
Conference fee Member on Council/PSC and Workshop Presenters - £160 + VAT
Day delegate - £125 + VAT
The conference package does not include accommodation - to book direct with the hotel call 0121 712 7601.

We are holding rooms for the Sunday and Monday nights:

  • Sunday 3 December - B&B £85.00
  • Monday 4 December - B&B £109.00

This gives delegates maximum flexibility to choose to stay at the St Johns Hotel or another local hotel, eg The Premier Inn.

The closest Premier Inn is Solihull Town Centre, 68 Station Road, B91 3RX. This hotel is about 7 minutes' walk from the conference hotel (0.3 mile). In July the B&B rate was showing £65.99; without breakfast £57 or no flexibility or cancellation rate  £37.50.