Westminster Employment Forum

Responding to the careers strategy - priorities for implementation, improving quality of provision and meeting skills needs

Morning, Tuesday, 22nd May 2018

Central London


Following the release of the Government’s careers strategy, delegates at this seminar will consider the priorities for its implementation, and the implications for key stakeholders - including learners, the education and training sector, employers and local communities.

Delegates will assess opportunities for helping schools to meet the Gatsby Good Career Guidance Benchmarks, how schools and employers might work more effectively together to encourage the development of the skills required to support local economies, and the challenges for improving the availability of careers services for adults.  

Further sessions will examine what is needed to support the implementation of the strategy and to meet its key objectives - including promoting technical education as a career route, increasing the number of encounters between pupils and employers, and improving the training and support available to Careers Leaders in schools.

The seminar will bring together policymakers with key stakeholders including schools, representatives of employers and trade associations, careers advisors, universities, FE colleges and training providers, academics, and reporters from the national and trade media.

Guests of Honour

Joe Billington

Director, National Careers Service

Maria Sciara

Team Leader, Careers and Basic Skills, Department for Education

Guests of Honour

Maria Sciara

Team Leader, Careers and Basic Skills, Department for Education

Joe Billington

Director, National Careers Service

Keynote Speaker

Ryan Gibson

National Facilitator, Careers Education, North East Local Enterprise Partnership and Gatsby Foundation


Helen Barnard

Head of Analysis, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Virginia Isaac

Chair, Career Management Quality Alliance

Claudia Harris

Chief Executive Officer, The Careers and Enterprise Company

Denise Bertuchi

Assistant National Officer, Education and Children’s Services, UNISON

Professor Liz Barnes

Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Staffordshire University and Co-Chair, Stoke-on-Trent Opportunity Area Partnership Board

Anita Pyrkotsch-Jones

National Lead for Careers Guidance and Youth Engagement, Ofsted

Laura-Jane Rawlings

Founder and Chief Executive, Youth Employment UK

Darush Dodds

Head of CSR & Added Value, Esh Group

Vicky Woodings

Head of Careers, Employability and Enterprise, The Bourne Academy, Bournemouth