CDI National Conference 2021

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9-10 December 2021

The CDI National Conference is an excellent opportunity to hear from a wide range of fantastic practitioners and thought leaders on key areas related to career development. It is our most prestigious event, held every two years, and for CDI members this year includes the CDI AGM and installation of the new CDI President.  

This day-and-a-half online event is a great way to end the year, with a range of insightful keynote talks, seminars and panel sessions, brought to you by the CDI working with colleagues from across the sector. 

Book your place now at the early bird rate. To claim your discount, quote 'EARLYBIRD' at the checkout.

Conference theme

Professional careers interventions can have a hugely positive impact on the individual, the economy and society, and at the conference we’ll be exploring how career development supports the 17 United Nations' sustainability goals under the themes of:

  • Decent Work and Sustainable Economic Activity (labour market)
  • Education
  • Social Equity
  • Peace and Justice
  • Health and Well-being
  • Environment
View the latest programme and speaker line-up here.


The main conference will run in three sessions across 1.5 days and each session will focus on two of the United Nations' goals:

  • 9th December morning: Decent Work and Sustainable Economic Activity / Education
  • 9th December afternoon: Social Equity / Peace & Justice
  • 10th December morning: Health and Well-being / Environment

The CDI AGM will take place on the afternoon of 10th December, including the installation of the new CDI President, and is open to CDI members only to attend.

Book your place

This virtual conference is open to both CDI members and non-members in the UK and internationally. As the event is being held virtually, we have been able to keep ticket prices low to enable as many people to attend as possible.

Early bird rate: members and non-members can book now for a discounted rate to attend the full conference (1.5 days). To get your discount, quote 'EARLYBIRD' at the checkout. The early bird rate ends on 31 October

Special conference offer for non-members: book now and sign up as a CDI member by the end of January 2022, and we will refund the difference in the ticket price.

With thanks to our Headline Sponsor:

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    Bag Sponsor: 

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Bringing in the clients' voice

At this year’s conference, we want to complement the wide range of thought leaders and experts with the voice of your clients. We’re looking for short client videos that share the difference your support made to their career and life journey. As well as being practitioners, some of you may have been clients yourselves, and we’d love to hear your story. Some tips when recording the video; 

  • This video will be aired at the conference and may be available online afterwards, so please don’t share anything that makes you uncomfortable. 
  • The recording doesn’t have to be professionally staged or use complex technology. It can be recorded on your mobile phone or camera. 
  • Please check that the sound is clear and the lighting means we can see you. 
  • Keep the video to 1-2 minutes – we know your story may deserve much longer than that, but the conference format means we need to keep it short. 

When recorded, please send your video to We’ll let you know we’ve received it and whether we’ll be able to use the recording at the conference. 

Commercial partnerships

For more information on event sponsorship, exhibiting, thought leadership opportunities or advertising, please contact Joanne Thorniley on 01384 445627 or at

You can download our commerical partnerships brochure here: National Conference opportunities pack