National Careers Leaders Panel

Career Development in a Post-Covid World

Friday 10th July 2020
Presented with the support of iCeGS at the University of Derby
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Over 200 delegates attended the first National Careers Leaders Panel, with breakout rooms facilitated by colleagues from the Careers & Enterprise Company. Resources from the event are attached below.

Watch the full recording from the event

Keynote Panel

Our panel will comprise 4 keynote speakers, recognised as experts in their field. Each keynote will be invited to talk for 15 minutes; the questions they have been asked are outlined below. There will be 10 minutes for questions at the end of each presentation.

  • Sir John Holman – The role of the Gatsby benchmarks in a post-Covid world - PP Slides

  • Nicola Hall, Careers & Enterprise Company – What are the short, medium and long term impacts of the pandemic on young people’s career development and how should careers leaders respond? For career leaders - what will be their priorities as schools return in September? - PP Slides

    Jenny Connick, Talentino – What are the specific issues facing young people with SEND post Covid-19. What do careers leaders, careers advisers and the wider network of support for future planning need to do? PP Slides

  • Catherine Sezen, AoC – How prepared is FE to respond to the challenges post-Covid? What do career development practitioners need to do? - PP Slides

Notes from the chat room, inlcuding useful links

Breakout rooms

Careers leaders and other delegates joined one of four breakout groups:

  • SEND
  • Further Education
  • Schools - 11-16
  • Schools - 11-18

Each group discussed two questions :

  1. What innovative practice is emerging as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic ?
  2. How can we best disseminate this practice ?

Bio pics of the keynote panel 

Sir John Holman, The Gatsby Foundation

John Holman is Senior Adviser in Education at the Gatsby Foundation, author of Gatsby’s Good Career Guidance report and Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of York. He is President of the Association for Science Education, immediate past President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Chair of the Bridge Group, Chair of the Essential Skills task force and Chair of the Talent Commission. He was the founding Director of the National Science Learning Centre and was National STEM Director for the English government from 2006 to 2010. 

John was Headteacher of Watford Grammar School for Boys from 1994 to 2000, when he became Salters Professor of Science Education at the University of York. John has taught, created curricula and written books for science learners of most ages in the UK and overseas. He was knighted in 2010 for services to education. 

Nicola Hall, Director of Education, Careers & Enterprise Company

Nicola joined The Careers and Enterprise Company as Director of Education at the end of October 2019 following 7 years as a secondary headteacher. She started her career in industry as a graduate trainee in retail (the first ever cohort of Excel in Retail management trainees recruited by Tesco Plc), developed skills in the field of development and delivery of corporate leadership training and then retrained as a teacher and worked her way through both further education and secondary provision to the role of headteacher.

Over the past seven years Nicola was headteacher of both a Studio School which delivered an innovative, skills-based curriculum heavily co-constructed and delivered by key industry partners and a mainstream secondary school. Nicola appreciates the challenges and opportunities faced by both education and continually developing industry sectors in preparing young people for their futures in a fast-changing world of work. She joined CEC to support the development of a world class, inclusive and sustainable careers offer for young people which continues to evolve as a relevant and deliberate part of their whole education. 

Jenny Connick, Talentino!

Jenny is the Founder of Talentino, an award winning, independent Career development company specialising in working with Special Schools and young people with SEND in all educational settings. Talentino is the strategic partner for SEND for the Careers and Enterprise Company and works closely with the CDI on SEND delivering workshops around the country and has published in Career Matters. In conjunction with the CDI, Jenny wrote the SEND Gatsby Toolkit. Talentino works with Special Schools around the country and provides a free conference for their schools which is CPD certified by the CDI. Prior to creating Talentino 9 years ago, Jenny was an HR Director, HR being the sector where she spent over 25 years including working internationally at Siemens. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  

Catherine Sezen, Senior Policy Manager FE, AoC

Catherine joined AoC in June ‎2015 after working in further education for 14 years. Catherine started working in college as an English language teacher at Chichester College where she also worked as an advanced practitioner and curriculum manager for before moving to Northbrook College. At Northbrook College Catherine had responsibility for 14-16 partnership provision including careers, LLDD foundation programmes, English and maths and was 14-19 strategic lead.

Catherine is currently working on the implications of the Sainsbury review of technical education, Skills Plan, T Levels and the T level Transition Programme. Her work also involves a focus on CEIAG. Catherine sits on the board of the Quality in Careers Standard.