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
Shared Sponsor: CITB 

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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. Workshops

Our professional workshops programme is a distinguishing aspect of our annual conference. The workshops will be grouped into four sessions; two on Day 1 and two on Day 2. Each programmed workshop session will include a broadly even mix from each of the three key themes.

You can now view the full Workshop schedule for the two days - the workshops all have limited space, so we recommend booking your desired workshops as soon as possible with our Workshop Booking Form

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 but not accommodation or casino evening) - 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)
  • Full conference package including 2 x day delegates (Monday and Tuesday), Casino Evening and Monday evening bed & breakfast

Standard rates (from August 1st)

Full Conference fee (members) - £314 + VAT
Full Conference fee (non- members) - £414 + VAT
Two Day Conference fee (members) - £175.00 + VAT
Two Day Conference fee  (student members) - £125.00 + VAT
Two Day Conference fee (non-members) - £275 + VAT
Two Day Conference fee Member on Council/PSC and Workshop Presenters - £160 + VAT
Day delegate - £145 + VAT

We are holding rooms for the Sunday and Monday nights:

  • Sunday 3 December - B&B £95.00 + VAT
  • Monday 4 December - B&B £109.00 + VAT

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.