National Careers Leaders Conference 2021

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Jointly organised by iCeGS at the University of Derby and the CDI, this is the fourth 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.

We all need to spend time learning and reflecting on the delivery and impact of school and college-based career programmes. This year our chosen themes - Inclusivity, Continuity and Creative Professional Practice - are particularly relevant to the Skills for Jobs white paper, achieving the Gatsby benchmarks and post-Covid recovery. They underpin the conference keynotes, panel sessions and seminars. 
For ease of access, we will be using the hopin conference platform, which means that in addition to keynote, panel and seminar sessions, we will also be offering an interactive exhibition; insight, creative practice and resource talks; live networking and social tables. 


#NCLC21 Introductory Video | Conference themes and seminars overview | How to get the most from the conference 
Unifrog - NCLC21 Sponsor Preview | Exhibitors and Insight Talks | Seminar ProgrammeBook your place

Conference Overview - #NCLC21

This year's conference programme promises to be the fullest ever! In addition to the normal mix of keynote sessions, panels, seminars and an exhibition, we have added several new sessions:

  • Insight talks by suppliers to the sector on Thursday 8 July
  • Creative practice and resources talks presented by members and partner organisations on Friday 9 July
  • Open space meet-ups/reflection sessions at the end of the first day, Thursday 8 July

Seminars  and Insight Talks

There are four seminar sessions built into the programme across the two days: two on the first day (1.45-2.30 and 2.45-3.30) and two on the second (12.15-1.00 and 1.30-2.15).The full seminar programme is now confirmed. These seminars will be live on the day on a first-come first-served basis, and we encourage people to read up on the programme and get an idea on what they'd like to attend on the day. 


Thursday 8 July - Day 1

9.00 - 9.30 Join the platform, networking and exhibition

9.30 - 10.30    Keynote 1 - Policy, Vision and Practice

  • Sir John Holman, Senior Adviser in Education, the Gatsby Foundation, and Independent Adviser on Careers to DfE - Careers guidance: more important than ever 
  • Nicola Hall, Education Director, The Careers & Enterprise Company

10.40 - 11.10 and 11.25 - 11.55    Insight Talks

11.55 - 12.15   Break

12.15 - 1.15   Panel 1 - Inclusivity

  • Kelly Dillon, The Careers & Enterprise Company - SEND
  • Dr Anne Chant, Canterbury Christ Church University - Refugees
  • Eppie Silverman, Careers Lead, Shoreham Academy, United Learning - ICONS project: The role of schools to prepare an inclusive workforce for tomorrow

1.15 - 1.45   Lunch and Exhibition

1.45 - 2.30   Seminar 1

2.45 - 3.30   Seminar 2

3.30 - 3.45   Break

3.45 - 4.30   Open space meet-ups/reflection sessions

Friday 9 July - Day 2

9.00 - 9.30 Join the platform, networking and exhibition

9.30 - 10.30    Keynote 2 - Inclusivity

10.40 - 11.10    Creative Practice and Resource Talks

  • Huyen Le, MA student in Career Education and Coaching, University of Derby - How to tailor careers support while maintaining an inclusive approach
  • Ms. Puren Savas Gedikoglu, BAEd, MBA Director & Mentor - Empowering Young People To Become Their Own Career Leaders
  • Charley Fowler, Area Manager and UK Education Lead, Unifrog - Careers Interview Templates, how to maximise the impact of your careers interviews.

11.25 - 11.55    Creative Practice and Resource Talks

  • Rachel Green, Education Engagement and Development Manager - What is the role of the governing body in supporting careers education?
  • Gerard Liston, Director, Forum Talent Potential CIC - Career Development: Every subject. Every Year Group.
  • Neil Willis, Regional Lead: Education Challenge & Hannah Cummins, Industry Alignment Coordinator, North East LEP - A work experience framework the future

11.55 - 12.15   Break

12.15 - 1.00   Seminar 3

1.00 - 1.30   Lunch and Exhibition

1.30 - 2.15   Seminar 4

2.30 - 3.30   Panel 2 - Continuity and Transitions

  • James Corbett OBE, DfE - Higher Technical Qualifications
  • Kirsti Lord, Deputy Chief Executive, member services, Association of Colleges - Smoothing the Transition to FE
  • Andrew Webster, Careers & Enterprise Company - Support for FE Colleges

3.30 - 3.45   Summary and conference close