Westminster Employment Forum

Next steps for the Careers Strategy - developing partnerships, progress on targets, and implementation issues for schools and colleges

Morning, Thursday, 6th June 2019

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This seminar will provide an early opportunity to assess progress made in the implementation of Government’s Careers Strategy in schools and colleges, following its initial roll out at the start of this academic year.


Delegates will share thinking on the challenges faced by schools and colleges as they look to improve careers provision in line with the eight Gatsby Benchmarks, aimed at measuring schools on their efficacy in providing a high quality programme for careers advice and guidance.


The seminar follows the publication of the Careers and Enterprise Company’s state of the nation report which found progress in areas such as interaction with employers but also shortfalls in schools achieving benchmarks by the end of 2020 - particularly in encounters with further and higher education.


Delegates will also assess the initial impact of the named Careers Leaders, which every school and college was due to have in place by last September to take on delivery of their careers programme and to ensure that the benchmarks are met.


Attendees will discuss Careers Leader recruitment, training and development, with the Government initially making £4m available to cover the cost of training across 500 schools.


They will also look at other steps that schools and colleges can take to achieve the benchmarks including the development of closer relationships with other schools and local businesses.


Further sessions focus on the establishment of Careers Hubs across the country - groups of between 20-40 secondary schools and colleges that are located in the same area, partnered with employers, universities and career guidance professionals.


Delegates will look at the practical steps which need to be taken in the roll out of the Hubs including how to ensure effective co-ordination and the development of relationships with the partners.


They will also consider how Central Hub Funds should be spent, and lessons that can be learnt from the first Careers Hub pilot in the North East as it becomes the Cornerstone Hub, and how it can offer support the next wave of careers hubs and spread best practice.


Further discussion will assess what more needs to be done to ensure that technical education is being promoted as a career route by ensuring that more schools are enabling interaction between FE colleges, apprenticeship providers and students.


It comes with a recent survey by the Institute for Public Policy finding that two thirds of schools are failing to comply with the Baker Clause - which requires schools to allow training organisations to speak to students about technical qualifications and apprenticeships - and with the Department for Education suggesting that they could take direct intervention against schools that do not comply.


There will also be a focus on the future of the Careers and Enterprise Company - established by Government to implement the Careers Strategy - following recent concern from MPs over its spending and outcomes.


We also expect discussion on the position of careers guidance within Ofsted’s new inspection framework as Ofsted consults on the new framework ahead of its introduction next September and with the regulator indicating that careers guidance will be an important part of what will be inspected post 16.


 



Keynote Speakers

Senior speaker confirmed from the Department for Education

Joe Billington

Director, National Careers Service

Keynote Speakers

Joe Billington

Director, National Careers Service

Senior speaker confirmed from the Department for Education

Speakers

Senior speaker confirmed from The Careers and Enterprise Company

Ellen Thinnesen

Principal and Chief Executive, Sunderland College

John Yarham

Incoming Deputy Chief Executive Officer, The Careers and Enterprise Company

Jan Ellis

Chief Executive, Career Development Institute

Graham Marley

Chief Executive, Let’s Do Business Group

Paddy Stanley

Head of Mitie Foundation, Mitie