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The University of Exeter Career Mentor Scheme
August 3, 2018
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The University of Exeter is expanding its Career Mentor Scheme and is seeking new career mentors from the region and further afield.

Now in its 10th year, the Career Mentor Scheme is a popular employability programme which matches current students or graduates with experienced professionals, for one-to-one support, sector insight and advice for up to 6 months.

They have mentors from a range of different sectors, based both across the UK and internationally, who volunteer to mentor a student interested in pursuing a similar career in the future.

If you would like to be part of the next scheme, starting in November 2018 and running through until April 2019, please complete the online mentor application form (it takes approximately 15mins) by the closing date: Friday 24th August 2018.

Contact Sarah, Rebecca or Jo from the Career Mentoring Team directly on 01392 722034 or at careermentorscheme@exeter.ac.uk

Free ERSA Webinar: Neurodiversity in Employment Support – What You Need to Know
July 27, 2018
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Thursday 2nd August 2018 | 12 – 1pm. This webinar will discuss some basic information about neurodiversity and what aspects need to be considered when developing contract solutions. It will provide an opportunity for shared discussion.

Neurodiversity-a key consideration for contract development in prisons, with NEETs, and in Youth, Work and Health settings.

In recent times the term Neurodiversity has been used as a term encompassing 1 in 8 individuals in the general population, 1 in 4 in the unemployed and 1 in 3 in the prison population who may have some specific barriers to engaging in learning and gaining employment.

These include conditions such as ADHD; Autism Spectrum Disorder ( Condition), Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Developmental language disorders. The term ‘Hidden impairments’ have also been used as an umbrella term as the challenges may not always be obvious to others.

There is also increasing interest in the potential skills and talents that individuals can showcase if appropriately supported and reasonable adjustments made.

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Using FE Data in Careers Decision Making (Free Webinar for CDI Members)
July 24, 2018
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Tuesday 31st July1:30 pm 

The DfE provides a number of tools and data sets related to FE quality that can help inform decisions by learners on what programme of study they may should follow, and which provider they may choose. This webinar aims to support Careers Advisers identify and use some of these tools and data sets and explain how they can be used.

The discussion will focus upon the DfE’s Outcome Based Success Measures (the destinations and earnings of adult learners and apprenticeships) but it will also include an outline of FE Choices, Qualification Achievement Tables and the Compare School and Colleges Website.

This webinar, presented by Richard Watson of the Policy (Performance and Quality), Quality, College Improvement and SponsorshipTeam, Careers and Further Education Group, will be of interest to all career advisers and career leaders working in the FE sector in England.

This event is free for CDI members and £40 for non-members.

Blended Learning Essentials: Digitally-Enriched Apprenticeships
June 19, 2018
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A CPD course for apprenticeship providers looking to enhance their courses with digital technology for the modern workplace.

Apprenticeships are changing. The UK Government has introduced new standards to ensure apprentices are receiving quality training. Discover how using digital technology can enrich your apprentices’ experience and open up opportunities for your organisation.

You’ll learn how to weave in digital resources across the whole apprentice journey from preparation to end-point assessment. You’ll navigate through the Jisc Apprenticeship Toolkit stages of Preparation, Planning, Delivery and Assessment which will help you develop your own designs for a digitally-enriched apprenticeship programme.

What topics will you cover?

  • Preparation: staff and organisational readiness
  • Planning the apprentice journey
  • Planning the apprentice programme to support delivery
  • Digital for developing learner support
  • Digital for supporting evidence collection
  • End-point assessment (EPA)

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Evidence to Inform Your Careers Practice 
May 29, 2018
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Decades of research and hundreds of career intervention studies have been evaluated over the last 30 years.

This article first published in 2017 by Michael Healy, Careers & Employability Educator, explores the impact these programme methods have had on students and how they can be used to inform a model of best practice career advice.

Read the article to find out more.

 

ACUMEN Conference London 2018: Pioneering Work in Career Management Skills: Free to Attend
May 17, 2018
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ACUMEN Conference London 2018: Pioneering Work in Career Management Skills organised by the European Learning Network

Are you a Career Adviser? Coach? Educator? Mentor?

Having the necessary skills to manage your career now is extremely important as the European job market continues to move towards higher-value, highly-skilled jobs.

Come and attend our FREE conference to discover more about our free self-learning Career Management Skills (CMS) modules and train-the-trainer sessions.

ACUMEN brings together the latest in Career Management Skills know-how from well-known career experts. We will show you how to develop new skills to manage your client’s/learner’s career path, yet maintain a positive work-life balance. Read more

ViewPoint: Counsellor or Coach?
May 17, 2018
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In the following ViewPoint, Stephanie K. Eberle recommends what type of adviser you should choose to get the best career support along the way.

The field of career services is changing, and one of the most significant changes is a move from a counselling model to a coaching model. For professionals on either side, the subject is wrought with complex implications and opinions. For trainees looking for the right place to find support for their next career transition, which model works best?

The answer: it depends.

A traditional career-coaching model guides clients through a semi-structured process focused primarily on career decision making. The model is often a short-term, goal-setting approach that answers the question of “how?” For example, how do I find a job, how do I know what I will like, how do I find more information about a particular field? In my experience, this is a great approach for those who have a basic understanding of self, who simply need a little direction and/or who need to find a position quickly.

 

The appeal of process-oriented coaching model reflects our culture right now. When I first entered the job market, social media did not exist, so I did not have the constant reminder to get a job that students do today. Now, if you are unemployed, you get a constant reminder of this everyday through LinkedIn job postings and your friends’ Facebook conversations about their jobs, as well as from a consumer economy that equates success with money and title. Likewise, a larger population and increased reliance on technology means that jobs post and fill faster. In a world where recruiters report spending about 20 seconds reviewing your résumé, it is no wonder job seekers want a quick, one-stop solution.

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Free Digital Leaders Network Webinar: The Business Case for Accessibility
April 17, 2018
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Webinar: The business case for digital accessibility. Join this webinar to hear from AbilityNet, our Accessibility Partner, as they lay out the business case for making sure that your website and apps can be used by every customer.

18 April @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Webinar

The session will be delivered by AbilityNet’s Robin Christopherson MBE, who has been a global expert in accessibility for 20 years and regularly speaks at international tech events. He will use examples to show how inclusive design can boost revenue, deliver financial savings, improve your brand and reduce legal risks. He’ll also explain how accessible apps and websites can improve the experience for every single one of your mobile users – whether they have a disability or not.

The webinar will consist of a 30-minute presentation followed by a 20 minute interactive Q&A.

Register Here

CDI YouTube Channel
January 23, 2018
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The CDI YouTube channel is the place where all their webinars are stored.

So if you have missed a webinar or want to go back over a point you missed or just browse the playlist, then click on the following link https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBUXK40Rz1BpQ-7pH-KjUuoIs2OxeCjh5

End Point Assessment Explained by Concrew-Training
October 31, 2017
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Following a number of concerns that the Apprenticeship system was overly complex, Trailblazer Groups were created in order to ensure the qualifications reflected industries real needs.

These trailblazer groups identify a set of knowledge, skills and behaviours which would represent their industry and set out an assessment strategy which culminates in a process called End Point Assessment.

End Point Assessment requires each Apprentice to demonstrate robust knowledge, skills and behaviours at the same level of training as Apprentices in every other sector or part of the country.  Ofqual involvement ensures quality throughout.

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