An Introduction to Careers Work in Schools and Colleges

An Introduction to Careers Work in Schools and Colleges

Thursday 18 May 2017 - London

Shelter, 4 Garrett Street, London EC1 0TY


Young people are making career decisions about their futures in education, training and work in a challenging and complex environment. It is more important than ever that they receive high quality careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG). At the same time, schools and colleges have be given greater responsibilities for this work, through the introduction of a new statutory duty to secure access to independent and impartial careers guidance and calls to provide more direct contacts with employers.

This one-day course will provide an introduction to careers work in schools and colleges. It will include an overview of the policy context and the aims, principles and essential components of CEIAG. The programme will then focus on each component in turn, before concluding with an examination of the role of careers leader in schools and colleges today and signposting to sources of further help, support and CPD.

The day will be led by David Andrews, an honorary life member of the CDI, who has 29 years’ experience of running courses for teachers, advisers and others involved in CEIAG.

Target audience

  • Recently-appointed careers leaders in schools and colleges
  • Teachers and others involved in careers work
  • Careers advisers working in schools and colleges.

Learning Outcomes

The course will enable participants to:

  • Gain an understanding of CEIAG policy and practice
  • Gain knowledge of the aims and components of careers programmes in schools and colleges
  • Respond appropriately to the new requirements for careers guidance and engaging with employers
  • Receive practical help with the job of leading and managing CEIAG in a school or college
  • Begin to review and develop their programmes of CEIAG
  • Gain information about useful sources of further support and training.



Registration. Tea and coffee available


Welcome and introductions


Overview of careers work in schools and colleges

  • changing context of learning, work and career
  • careers education and careers guidance: definitions; national policy and development; aims and components
  • meeting students’ careers support needs


Review of careers work in own schools and colleges: how effective are our current programmes; what should we be doing?


Refreshment break


Careers advice and guidance

  • statutory duty on schools and colleges: securing access to independent and impartial careers guidance
  • commissioning careers guidance services


Sharing approaches to providing impartial careers guidance




Careers education

  • curriculum planning and frameworks
  • curriculum organisation


Integrating employer engagement into the careers programme


Leading and managing careers work in a school or college

  • roles and responsibilities
  • quality assurance and evaluating CEIAG


Useful resources and sources of support, training and CPD – from where can I get further help?

Evaluation and future support/networking


Close of course. Tea and coffee available.

Course Leader

David Andrews OBE works as an independent consultant, trainer, researcher and writer, having previously worked as a careers teacher, an advisory teacher and a local authority education adviser/school inspector. He has established a national reputation as a leading trainer and conference speaker in the field of CEIAG. For many years he led certificate courses for careers leaders at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education.

David is a Fellow of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling (NICEC), a Visiting Fellow at the International Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby and a Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Career and Personal Development, Canterbury Christ Church University. In 2011 David published Careers Education in Schools, a book on the history of the development of careers education in schools and which goes on to critically examine current policy, practice and possibilities for the future.

Venue Details

Shelter Training Rooms, 4 Garrett Street, London EC1Y 0TY

Located off Old Street, between Old Street and Farringdon Tube stations:


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