UK Career Development Awards 2019

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We are delighted to announce three major categories and ten individual awards 2019

Many thanks to our Headline Sponsor:
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This is a great opportunity to celebrate and show case the very best UK-wide practice in career development.

New award announced, November 1st: Careers Programme/Careers Project in a Primary School, sponsored by National Careers Week

The aims of the UK Career Development Awards:

  • To identify and promote excellence in career development
  • To celebrate and generate a sense of pride in the career development profession and our partners
  • To raise the profile of career development and the CDI

Award categories

1.1         Individual best practice awards

  • Career Adviser/Coach of the Year - Sponsored by CXK
  • Careers Leader of the Year - Sponsored by the DfE
  • Careers Service Manager of the Year - Sponsored by NAMSS
  • Rodney Cox Lifetime Achievement Award (awarded by the CDI Board) - Sponsored by Adviza

1.2         Best practice in special needs; employer engagement; and primary sector awards

  • Careers Programme in a Special School/College - Sponsored by National Career Guidance Shows
  • Careers Programme/Careers Project in a Primary School -  - Sponsored by National Careers Week CIC
  • Innovative and Impactful Employer Engagement Activity - Sponsored by Careers & Enterprise Company

 Entrants to these awards do not need to be CDI affiliate organisations, although this is encouraged.

1.3         Best practice research and technology awards

  • Research Undertaken by a Careers Professional - 
  • Use of Technology in Career Development - Sponsored by Education Development Trust

Submitting your entry(s)     

Please do not be shy about applying. Self-nominations and entries from student members are welcomed and encouraged.

Notes for entrants 2019     Entry form 2019

Eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible to receive an individual best practice Award, you must either be a member of the CDI or an affiliate organisation.

Entrants to the Company CPD Training Course/Programme; Innovative and Impactful Employer Engagement Activity and Career Programme in Special Schools/Colleges best practice Awards do not need to be CDI Affiliate Organisations, although this is encouraged.

The Rodney Cox Lifetime Achievement Award will be nominated, agreed and presented by the CDI Board, led by the elected President.

Awards dinner – Wednesday 6 March 2019

There will be one winner in each category. The winners will be announced at the UK Career Development Awards Dinner, on Wednesday 6 March 2019, at a special Awards Dinner to be held at the Queens Hotel, Leeds.

This black tie event was attended by over 120 guests last year and provides an excellent opportunity for us to celebrate and show case the very best UK-wide practice in career development. Please note all short-listed entrants MUST attend the Awards Dinner. Spaces are limited so book your place now.


The closing date for entries is Monday 31st December at 17.15. Please email to

The Board will shortlist in January and the final judging panels will be held in February 2018.

All short-listed entries must attend the Awards Dinner.


It is our aim that the Awards event and all individual Awards will be sponsored. 

We are currently seeking an overall sponsor and several individual Award sponsors. For more information, please email 


If you have any questions please email or