Westminster Employment Forum

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Next steps for careers advice in England - organisation and coordination, developing a long-term strategy, and priorities for improving services and employer links

Morning, Wednesday, 26th January 2022

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will be an opportunity to discuss the Skills for Jobs White Paper and the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill and their implications for the careers landscape in England.

There will also be wider discussion on the structure and organisation of careers advice, developing a long-term careers strategy in England, improving careers services in educational settings, and implementation of the Baker Clause.

It will also be a timely opportunity for delegates to consider how the provision of careers advice in England can link with wider policy priorities such as the ‘Levelling Up’ agenda and contribute to social mobility, as well as helping to address labour market and skills needs.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from: Oli de Botton, Chief Executive, The Careers and Enterprise Company; and Sir John Holman, Independent Strategic Adviser on Careers Guidance and Senior Advisor in Education, The Gatsby Foundation.

Sessions in the agenda look at:

  • policy priorities and key issues - improving clarity for job-seekers, developing a coherent and joined-up system, and the organisation and alignment of bodies involved in careers advice and guidance
  • developing a long-term careers strategy - organisation and governance, coordinating local and national delivery and wider policy, and increasing employer involvement
  • progression to the job market - careers services as a building block for addressing labour market and industry needs, and ensuring awareness of varied routes to skilled employment
  • careers services in educational settings - implementation of the Baker Clause, strengthening school-employer connections, and improving access to careers advice
  • looking forward - the future outlook for careers guidance in England


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials in this area of public policy, together with school and university leaders, employment and skills bodies, professional associations and member groups, science and technical centres, online learning platforms, charities and youth support networks, local government, as well as researchers in academia and higher education, and reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Oli de Botton

Chief Executive, The Careers and Enterprise Company

Sir John Holman

Independent Strategic Adviser on Careers Guidance and Senior Advisor in Education, The Gatsby Foundation


Aveek Bhattacharya

Chief Economist, The Social Market Foundation

Ryan Gibson

National System Leader - Careers (CEIAG), Academies Enterprise Trust

David Morgan

Chief Executive, Career Development Institute

Zac Aldridge

Director of Qualifications and Assessment, NCFE