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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


This conference will be an opportunity to discuss the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill as it progresses through Parliament and the Skills for Jobs White Paper, as well as 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 the implementation of the Baker Clause.


It will 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 Government’s Levelling Up agenda, and contribute to social mobility, as well as helping to address labour market and skills needs.


Sessions in the agenda look at:

  • policy priorities and key issues - improving clarity for job-seekers, developing a coherent and joined-up system, as well as 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 - implementing the Baker Clause, strengthening school-employer connections, and improving access to careers advice
  • looking forward - the future outlook for careers guidance in England

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from: Oli de Botton, Chief Executive, The Careers and Enterprise Company; Nicola Drury, UK Apprenticeship Manager, Amazon; Sir John Holman, Independent Strategic Adviser on Careers Guidance to DfE; and Senior Advisor in Education, The Gatsby Foundation; Michael Houlihan, CEO, Generation UK; Ben Jordan, Senior Policy Unit Manager, UCAS; and Paul Price-Hazlehurst, CEO, The Futures Group.


The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from: the DfE; the DfE NI; the DITl the DWP; DCMS; the Home Office; the OPSS; the Department for the Economy, NI; the UK Space Agency; and the Welsh Government - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Lords.



Keynote Speakers

Oli de Botton

Chief Executive, The Careers and Enterprise Company

Paul Price-Hazlehurst

CEO, The Futures Group

Michael Houlihan

CEO, Generation UK

Nicola Drury

UK Apprenticeship Manager, Amazon

Keynote Speakers

Nicola Drury

UK Apprenticeship Manager, Amazon

Paul Price-Hazlehurst

CEO, The Futures Group

Michael Houlihan

CEO, Generation UK

Oli de Botton

Chief Executive, The Careers and Enterprise Company

Sir John Holman

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

Chairs

Ben Jordan

Senior Policy Unit Manager, UCAS

Lord McNicol

Deputy Chairman of Committees (Lords)

Speakers

Aveek Bhattacharya

Chief Economist, The Social Market Foundation

Ryan Gibson

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

Esther McVey MP

Founder, If Chloe Can

Vikkie Morton

Vice Principal, Education Partnership Northeast

Jan Ellis

Chief Executive, Qdos Education

David Morgan

Chief Executive, Career Development Institute

Susanna Lawson

Founder and Ambassador, OneFile

Sydney Samuels

Youth Leadership Team, The Careers and Enterprise Company; and Founder and Managing Director, Loop Not Luck

Rachel Kitley

Principal, Cowes Enterprise College

Zac Aldridge

Director of Qualifications and Assessment, NCFE