The CDI’s Response to COVID-19

30 03.20

The rapid acceleration of events around the coronavirus pandemic are a concern for all of us. My first responsibilities have been to support our staff; establish processes so we can continue to run the CDI from home; managing business continuity; fast tracking our plans to deliver more CPD online and communicating with you, our members.

We recognise that we are living in very unusual and worrying times and we are aware that many members will be experiencing significant changes in the nature and the amount of work you have.

We want to be as supportive as possible to help you through this difficult time, so I thought now would be a good opportunity to share some of the changes we are putting in place as we re-vision our CPD to make it as accessible as possible.


1. Established Communications

We intend to keep providing all the established comms that we do now and add new elements. For example, you will just have received the Monthly CPD Newsletter. The April edition of Career Matters will be signed off this week and printed and distributed to schedule, before the end of April. We have been able to include a few last-minute articles, so it is really of the moment.

The fortnightly News by Email is continuing. Additionally, we will be emailing a shorter News Briefing, focusing on CDI activity, low cost/no cost ideas for maintaining and developing your CPD, and information on our enhanced online offer, in the intervening weeks.


2. Training and Events

All our face to face training, masterclasses, one-day training events and conferences, have all been postponed until further notice. For our CDI Academy courses this has been challenging, however, the team have done a great job in migrating to online delivery. This has meant changing the order of modules and re-writing units and workbooks. I am delighted that we can still offer the CDI Certificate for Careers Leaders and L6 in Career Guidance and Development online.

People choose our courses in part because of the additional support, resources, discussion and networking we provide. These elements will still be central to our offer, albeit re-packaged within the constraints of the current situation.

The Student Conference (England) will go ahead, but in a different format: we are currently recording all the keynotes and workshops and will make these available to all members through a dedicated page in the Members’ Area of the website.

We are holding our breath about the National Careers leaders Conference, due to take place 9-10 July at the University of Derby. We will take the decision to run or postpone at the end of April, with November or early December as alternative dates.


3. Webinars and Digital Training

We are reviewing our webinar programme to include new topics, for example Home Working and Using Skype. Our programme of HE webinars will continue. We welcome your ideas for new webinars and if you would also like to present, please contact

After Easter we will be introducing a new series of ‘expert training online’. These will be priced training opportunities led by recognised experts in our sector. Prices will be held to a minimum - £25 + VAT for members and £45 + VAT for non-members.


4. Keeping in Touch

Almost all regions throughout the UK now have a regional rep. You can find out who yours is at: Although regional meetings are on hold, some reps are looking to set up online meetings. Contact us and we can link you up.

Finally, remember in these challenging times the head office team are still working and there to support you. Ashley is answering calls on the main number 01384 376464 and my desk phone is the back-up – 01384 445626. Any questions, or if you just want to talk, please give us a call.

Jan Ellis
Chief Executive