Call for workshop proposals



Share your knowledge by running a workshop or seminar at the conference

As part of our commitment to encouraging both new and established voices in career development, we are asking for submissions from individuals and organisations to lead a seminar of workshop related to the key themes of the conference and of relevance to the audience. 

There will be three workshop and seminar sessions at the conference. These will take place at the following times:

Session 1: 10.30 -11.10  
Session 2: 12.40 -1.20  
Session 3: 3.00 – 3.40  

Your proposal must be related to one of the sub-themes below.

If you would like to submit a proposal for a workshop, please complete this form by 10 am on Monday 17 April 2023.


Conference theme: Gatsby benchmarks and beyond: Developing and evidencing impactful careers programmes.

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.



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