National Conference on Careers Work in Schools


Every year David Andrews organises a two-day conference for careers leaders in schools and for advisers and consultants working with schools.  This year’s event is in on 16 & 17 November, in York.  Keynote speakers include me! In addition there will be presentations from Claudia Harris (The Careers & Enterprise Company) and Professor Wendy Hirsh who will be talking about what’s really happening in the labour market.  The programme also includes updates on national developments, case studies of good practice and a workshop on evaluating impact.

Residential and day delegate options are available.  It is well worth booking a place if you can (see link below).

Flyer and booking form York 2017

Communique from the Eighth International Symposium for Career Development and Public Policy

In June I attended the eighth International Symposium for Career Development and Public Policy in Seoul, Korea from the 18th – 21st June 2017. It was a fantastic event attended by 107 delegates representing 21 countries, international labour market experts, and officials of international policy research and development organisations: the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP), and the European Training Foundation (ETF).

The Symposium discussed changes in the labour market and how career development can help societies to respond to and shape such changes. For further information on the symposium process visit the ICCDPP website.

The final output of the event was a Communique which sets out some key principles for effective career development systems. The idea is that it functions as a summary of international good practice and can be useful for countries to review and develop their systems.

View the ICCDPP Communique 2017

Careers work at Catcote Academy

Catcote Academy from Spearhead Productions on Vimeo.

This is a great film about the work that Catcote Academy have been doing to provide high quality careers work for young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

I’ve often see special schools that do excellent careers work, but this is really interesting work. In particular the really strong connection with employers is hugely impressive and the quality of the testimonies from the employers involved speaks for itself.

What works? Work experience and volunteering

Have you booked to attend our next What Works seminar on 26th June 2017. The seminar will feature Jonathan Buzzeo (National Institute of Economic & Social Research) presenting some new research on work experience, job shadowing and workplace visits and Joy Williams (Institute for Employment Studies) who will examine what works when involving young people in volunteering.

Book your FREE place now!

Open call for paper: NICEC journal

The call for the next issue of the NICEC journal has just come out. In order to enable a wide and varied spectrum of contributions, there is no specific theme identified for this issue. Accordingly, papers are invited on any subject related to career development.

Topics could include:

  • Innovation in concepts or theories
  • Current labour market issues 
  • The organisation, management or marketing of career support services 
  • Public policy and careers work 
  • Specific contexts for practice (including school; university; welfare-to-work; careers within organisations) 
  • Innovation in service delivery; new tools, technologies and models 
  • Global or international perspectives  
  • Social justice, critical pedagogical and emancipatory practices 
  • The role of learning in the support of career development 
  • Fresh critical perspectives 
  • New case studies and other empirical work 
  • The training and education of practitioners  
  • Professionalism 
  • Any other topic related to career development

Potential authors should note the following deadlines:

  • Expressions of interest supported by an article title and brief abstract (100 words) – 22nd May 2017
  • Full draft article – 19th June 2017
  • Final manuscript – 14th August 2017

For enquiries and expressions of interest, please contact the editor,  Pete Robertson: