National Careers Leaders Conference 2020

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 Quality, Sustainability and Professional Practice

Hold the date! This year’s conference, postponed from July, will be an online event featuring keynote speakers, plenary panels, workshops, networking and exhibition.

All three of this year’s themes are important at the best of times but this year, providing ‘good career guidance’ has been even more of a challenge and may well be for the foreseeable future. Our conference will help practitioners explore the themes of quality, sustainability and professional practice through the lens of the COVID-19 pandemic and to make plans for the new ‘normal’. The event is targeted at school and college career leaders and those tasked with supporting and working with them to explore and improve career development provision in their organisations. 

This conference will be mediated through a specialist online conference platform, enabling us to provide an interactive exhibition and live networking. 

Confirmed programme                                                                                 Booking now open

With thanks to headline sponsorLYC LG Master Fullcolour

Day 1 - Monday 23 November                                                                   


Keynote session 1 - 0930-10.40
  • Sir John Holman, senior adviser to the Gatsby Foundation - Making the most of the Gatsby benchmarks – now and in the future
  • Professor Tristram HooleyWhat do you need to know to have an amazing career: Reimagining the CDI framework
Panel session 1 - focusing on the themes of quality and sustainability - 10.50-12 noon
  • Emily Tanner, Head of Research, Careers & Enterprise Company - Careers Hubs and the quality of career guidance
  • Alison Cameron Brandwood HMI and Ofsted national lead for careers guidance and youth engagement
  • Michele Squire, Prospects (Prospects Careers Education Strategic Manager) - The Importance of the Quality in Careers Standard
  • Chaired by Kath Wright, Independent Careers Education Consultant, Trainer and CDI Board Director
 Exhibition and networking - 12.30-1.30
Workshops 1

Three workshop sessions from choice of nine:

  • 1.30-2.30
  • 2.45-3.45
  • 4.00 - 5.00

Day 2 - Tuesday 24 November

Keynote session 1 - 0930-10.40
  • Nicola Hall, Director of Education, Careers & Enterprise Company - Creating a Careers Community
  • Dr Siobhan Neary and Dr Jill Hanson, iCeGS at University of Derby - What works in personal guidance? Findings from the CEC personal guidance fund evaluation
Panel session 2 - focusing on the themes of professional practice and sustainability - 10.50-12 noon
  • Sue Lewis, Support for Learners Manager, Career Pilot - Providing effective guidance to meet individual need through a triage model

  • David Andrews OBE - The Gatsby revolution: maintaining the momentum beyond 2020

  • Chaired by Tom Staunton, Lecturer at iCeGS, University of Derby
 Exhibition and networking - 12.30-1.30
Workshops 2

Three workshop sessions from choice of nine:

  • 1.30-2.30
  • 2.45-3.45
  • 4.00 - 5.00

Conference prices

CDI members:  Full two-day conference fee £40 + VAT or day delegate fee £25 + VAT

Non-members: Full two-day conference fee £60 + VAT or day delegate fee £40 + VAT

QCD and L6 student members - Full two-day conference fee £25 + VAT or day delegate fee £15 + VAT

Booking opens Thursday 1st October. Book your place now.