Career Leaders Conference


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The Careers Leaders' Conference 2023, Tuesday 27 June, University of Derby

Theme: Gatsby benchmarks and beyond: Developing and evidencing impactful careers programmes

The National Careers Leaders' Conference and Exhibition 2023, kindly sponsored by Morrisby, is jointly organised by the CDI and iCeGS at the University of Derby.

This LIVE in-person event will be held on Tuesday 27 June at the University of Derby, Kedleston Road Campus. 

This is the sixth conference of its type, designed to support the learning, information sharing and professional development of Careers Leaders working in secondary schools, FE and SEND schools and colleges, Enterprise Coordinators and Careers Advisers. 

There will also be an exhibition, which provides an opportunity to engage with organisations supporting the careers sector. 

We are developing the programme - further details will be available soon.

Booking is now open - save £20 when you book a joint ticket to attend the Conference and the UK Career Development Awards 2023 (the Awards will take place the evening before on 26 June, Derby. Find more information here).


Keynote speakers
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David Andrews OBE, Independent CEG Consultant,
Visiting Fellow at University of Derby
International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS)
and co-author of The Careers Leader Handbook 

Ryan Gibson, Senior Adviser: Careers, The Gatsby Foundation



After nearly 10 years the Gatsby benchmarks are widely understood and increasingly embedded in careers education across England. Schools, colleges and SEND schools continue to need support to achieve all eight benchmarks, but they also need to look beyond the benchmarks to best prepare students for their next step in education, training or work. From the CDI Career Development Framework to the Quality in Careers Standard, CDI Code of Ethics and far more, this year’s conference will explore approaches to achieving, and looking beyond, the Gatsby benchmarks, so you can offer truly impactful careers support for your students.

We will achieve this by looking at three critical sub-themes.

Enhancing quality: It’s crucial to understand and define what quality means for your careers provision and there are several aspects to consider as you set quality aspirations for your work. Tools such as the CDI Career Development Framework, Quality in Careers Standard and CDI Code of Ethics can help you understand which activities are working well and which aren’t, giving a focus for improvement. Central to this evaluation is evidencing your impact.

Evidencing impact: It’s important to be able to evidence the impact of your careers programme, not just to support quality improvements but also to influence key stakeholders from the leadership team through to teachers and parents. Being able to convey the impact beyond the direct careers outcomes – such as impacts on classroom success, school performance, sustainability, diversity and disadvantage - widens the value your careers provision is seen to add beyond the student. As a recent social media campaign challenged, it’s #SoMuchMoreThanTalkingAboutJobs and good evidence helps raise stakeholder understanding of this.

Engaging with stakeholders: While your students are the key beneficiaries of your careers programme, to maximise its effectiveness and longevity you need ongoingrom an ecosystem of stakeholders – from school or college leadership teams, teaching staff, local authorities and specialist centres, community leaders, as well as employers, parents and even Ofsted. Influencing these stakeholders requires the evidence of impact, but also an understanding of each stakeholders’ priorities, concerns and problems to be solved, so you can ensure your engagement resonates with what’s important to them.


Who should attend

This year’s conference offers valuable learning for a wide range of careers providers for young people. From Careers Leaders and Career Advisers to Enterprise Co-ordinators and Careers Hub leads, the conference covers careers provision in primary and secondary schools, SEND schools, alternative provision, sixth forms, colleges and training providers.

The conference will help you set quality aspirations for your programme, learn how to overcome barriers to delivering high quality careers services using impact evidence, and engage you wider stakeholders so they become a supportive and meaningful part of your careers eco-system.



  With thanks to our Headline Sponsor