Free Webinars and Open Meetings

The purpose of this page is to provide an 'at a glance' overview of our programme of webinars and online meetings.

All our CPD webinars are free to members, please register your interest for each session, through our event management system so we can send you the necessary joining link. Non-members can also join these sessions by registering and paying online through the events pages. Almost all online meetings are open to members only.

If you have ideas for future webinar topics or would like to run a session, please contact Jan.ellis@thecdi.net

1. December 2016 - January 2017

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Date
Time
Description
Target audience
CDI OPEN MEETING Fri 16 Dec 13.30

To engage with the whole membership and share information on our achievements and performance for the financial year April 2015- March 16, this virtual open meeting will be chaired by President Virginia Isaac, with the annual report and financial statements presented by the Chief Executive Jan Ellis.

All CDI Members
RESEARCHING HIGHER EDUCATION OPTIONS AND NEW DEGREE COURSES Tues 10 Jan 14.00-15.00  

Providing guidance to young people in the changing world of higher education is harder than ever. Staying up to date and understanding the complexities and nuances of the system is ever more challenging, yet can be vital to the successful outcomes of your students. This webinar will provide a clearer understanding of the main factors that bring about successful applications, especially the importance of careful and considered research.

Webinar presenter: Peter Mulligan, Founder of SACU Ltd

Career advisers; career teachers; sixth form tutors; career coaches
INTRODUCING QUALITY AWARDS VALIDATED BY QUALITY IN CAREERS STANDARDS (QICS) Thurs 26 Jan 15.30-16.30  

A growing number of institutions right across the UK already either hold, or are working towards, one of the careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) quality awards. Quality awards for careers are relevant to all parts of the UK, but there has been a spike in interest, particularly in England since the publication of government recommendations that all schools should work towards a quality award.

Webinar presenter: Michele Squire, Prospects

Career teachers; career leaders; governors responsible for careers; career advisers

 2. February - March 2017

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NETWORKING – ESSENTIAL FOR YOU AND YOUR CLIENTS Wed 8 Feb 15.15-16.15

Networking is an essential skill for everyone involved in Career Development. On and off-line networks play an increasingly important role for individuals in creating success in their careers or businesses. That means you and your clients, whether they are students yet to enter the workforce or people further on in their careers.

This webinar will give you a broad understanding of why and where networking is so important. It will give you practical tips to make your own networking more effective and how to share these skills with your clients so that they too can become more successful.

Webinar presenter:  Dave Cordle Legacy Fellow of The CDI 

Independent career coaches and consultants, career advisers/coaches, careers coordinators/leaders, career teachers and school governors
CAREERS MEETS OFSTED: WHAT ARE THEY LOOKING FOR? Thurs 9 Feb 16.30-17.30  

Perhaps one of the Holy Grail issues for every senior leadership team? Independent career education consultant Janet Colledge leads this new webinar for the CDI focusing on and aiming to answer the following questions: Is it true that Ofsted are taking more of an interest in careers?  If so, what are they looking for? How will they find it? Are they looking for data? Will they want to see a folder of evidence?  This webinar is vital for all school based careers staff who need to ensure their managers know what to expect.

Webinar presenter: Janet Colledge, Career Education Consultant

Career teachers; career leaders; governors responsible for careers; career advisers
USING THE CAREERS, EMPLOYABILITY AND ENTERPRISE FRAMEWORK Wed 22 Feb 16.00-17.00  

This interactive webinar session will look at the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Framework one year on. Career education consultant Kath Wright will explore its relevance to curriculum planning, supporting initiatives such as Gatsby, QiCS, Ofsted and the Certificate in Career Leadership. Kath will also cover how schools and colleges are using the framework and the supporting audit documents. There will be time to discuss what other career education and employability resources career practitioners would find useful and might be developed by the CDI.

Webinar presenter:  Kath Wright, Career Education Consultant

Career teachers; career leaders; governors responsible for careers; career advisers

TAKING A YEAR OUT, HOW TO MAKE THE BEST USE OF TIME

Wed 15 March 14.00-15.00

To gap or not?  This webinar will look at the benefits and costs of taking a year out and outline the breadth of opportunities (volunteering; culture; languages; expeditions; courses and work placements) available to young people and provide advice about how to plan, prepare for and maximise the benefits of a structured year out. The Year Out Group promotes the benefits of structured year out programmes. It is an association of leading gap providers, which are vetted before joining the Gap Year Group.

Webinar presenter:  Stefan Wathan, Chief Executive, Year Out Group.

Career advisers; career teachers; sixth form tutors; career coaches

3. April - May 2017

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Time

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INTRODUCTION TO USING WEBINAR TECHNOLOGY Mon 3 April 16.00-16.45

Webinar training programmes are growing in popularity due to increasing pressures of time and less flexibility and availability to physically attend training and continuous professional development opportunities.  However, although Webinars provide many solutions, they carry an assumption that everyone is familiar with the technology and feels comfortable participating in online activity. This webinar will address this assumption head-on and provide CDI members with a safe environment to experiment accessing Webinar technologies and communicating professionally without the fear of getting it wrong or causing any embarrassment.

Webinar presenter: John Ambrose, Complete Careers

CDI members new to using webinar technology/taking part in online sessions
NAVIGATING UCAS - INTRODUCTION TO THE UCAS 2017 APPLICATION PROCESS Thurs 27April 14.00-15.00  

UCAS processes applications for courses at higher education providers in the UK.  This webinar will cover the student journey from school or college into under-graduate higher education by explaining time-lines and decision-making points.  As well as highlighting the information UCAS provides for students, their parents and advisers, this webinar will provide practical tips and advice on how to support students as they navigate UCAS. 

Webinar presenter: Jonathan Hardwick, Professional Development Manager, Inspiring Futures (and ex-head of sixth-form/UCAS co-ordinator)

Career advisers; career teachers; sixth form tutors; career coaches
INTRODUCTION TO USING WEBINAR TECHNOLOGY Mon 8 May 16.00-16.45

Webinar training programmes are growing in popularity due to increasing pressures of time and less flexibility and availability to physically attend training and continuous professional development opportunities.  However, although Webinars provide many solutions, they carry an assumption that everyone is familiar with the technology and feels comfortable participating in online activity. This webinar will address this assumption head-on and provide CDI members with a safe environment to experiment accessing Webinar technologies and communicating professionally without the fear of getting it wrong or causing any embarrassment.

Webibar presenter: John Ambrose, Complete Careers

CDI members new to using webinar technology/taking part in online sessions
WRITING AN EFFECTIVE PERSONAL STATEMENT Thurs 18 May  

This webinar will examine the role of the personal statement in the admissions process, what admissions tutors look for in an effective personal statement, provide a checklist of do’s and don’ts, as well as outlining strategies to help students to write in an authentic and convincing manner.

Webinar presenter:  Jonathan Hardwick, Professional Development Manager, Inspiring Futures (and ex-head of sixth-form/UCAS co-ordinator)

Career advisers; career teachers; sixth form tutors; career coaches
USING THE CAREERS, EMPLOYABILITY AND ENTERPRISE FRAMEWORK Wed 20 May 16.00-17.00  

This interactive webinar session will look at the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Framework one year on. Career education consultant Kath Wright will explore its relevance to curriculum planning, supporting initiatives such as Gatsby, QiCS, Ofsted and the Certificate in Career Leadership. Kath will also cover how schools and colleges are using the framework and the supporting audit documents. There will be time to discuss what other career education and employability resources career practitioners would find useful and might be developed by the CDI. 

Webinar Presenter: Kath Wright, Career Education Consultant

Career teachers; career leaders; governors responsible for careers; career advisers

4. June onwards 

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Date

Time

Description

Target audience

INTRODUCTION TO USING WEBINAR TECHNOLOGY Mon 12 June 16.00-16.45

Webinar training programmes are growing in popularity due to increasing pressures of time and less flexibility and availability to physically attend training and continuous professional development opportunities.  However, although Webinars provide many solutions, they carry an assumption that everyone is familiar with the technology and feels comfortable participating in online activity. This webinar will address this assumption head-on and provide CDI members with a safe environment to experiment accessing Webinar technologies and communicating professionally without the fear of getting it wrong or causing any embarrassment.

Webinar presenter: John Ambrose, Complete Careers

CDI members new to using webinar technology/taking part in online sessions
USING THE CAREERS, EMPLOYABILITY AND ENTERPRISE FRAMEWORK Wed 4 Oct  16.00-17.00  

This interactive webinar session will look at the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Framework one year on. Career education consultant Kath Wright will explore its relevance to curriculum planning, supporting initiatives such as Gatsby, QiCS, Ofsted and the Certificate in Career Leadership. Kath will also cover how schools and colleges are using the framework and the supporting audit documents. There will be time to discuss what other career education and employability resources career practitioners would find useful and might be developed by the CDI. 

Webinar Presenter: Kath Wright, Career Education Consultant

Career teachers; career leaders; governors responsible for careers; career advisers