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The Role of the Trainer Assessor for Apprenticeships
March 28, 2019

If you currently deliver apprenticeship training as a trainer/assessor, your role is likely to be going through considerable change – writes Chris Cherry, Senior Associate, Strategic Development Network (SDN)

In the new world of apprenticeship standards, trainer / assessors need to:

  • Design and conduct the training differently
  • Integrate new assessment methods
  • integrate the concept of grading within the training, and
  • Prepare apprentices to meet the gateway and undertake end-point assessment.

This change is a huge amount to process for trainer / assessors.

So, to help, we’ve set out 15 quick questions to ask yourself to test whether you’re ‘standards ready’

15 quick check questions before embarking on the new trainer / assessor role Read more

Presentations for Career Professionals Interested in Mental Health
March 22, 2019

Mental health has become a crucial consideration for career development professionals, whether examining how it relates to their clients’ career development or their own well-being. Following are links to the slides from several presentations at CERIC’s 2019 Cannexus conference that examined the topic from various angles.


CERIC is a charitable organization that advances education and research in career counselling and career development, in order to increase the economic and social well-being of Canadians.

Linking Improved Career Development & Mental Health Together – Clarence DeSchiffart

In reviewing mental health and career development concepts, it appears the principles are striving for the same outcome – helping someone to a better and happier life. This session offered a detailed examination and comparison of specific core mental health and career development principles. Read more

8 Psychology-Backed TED Talks That’ll Help You Understand Why You Do What You Do
February 27, 2019
8 TED Talks to Understand Your Co-workers and You
Assisting Adults with Autism
October 17, 2018

Many people who live on the autism spectrum are under- or unemployed, but with some support, this differently talented group can offer a lot to the workforce By Sarah Taylor and Dr Anna-Lisa CiccocioppImage result for Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder is commonly thought of as a childhood condition but in fact, ASD is a life-long neurological difference. Children will rarely lose the diagnosis as they get older, and an increasing number of individuals are being diagnosed as adults.

Statistics from the U.S.-based Center for Disease Control in 2016 indicate that as many as one in 68 children were diagnosed, and statistical trends across various sources suggest that the number of individuals identified on the spectrum is growing considerably.
What is autism? The diagnostic criteria according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) include persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts, as manifested by deficits in social-emotional reciprocity, non-verbal communicative behaviours used for social interaction, and in developing, maintaining and understanding relationships. Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning that there is a wide degree of variation in the way it affects people, but they have a shared core of traits. The level of (dis)ability and the combination of traits varies tremendously from person to person. In fact, two people with the same diagnosis may have very different behaviours, abilities and life outcomes.
The University of Exeter Career Mentor Scheme
August 3, 2018

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

Using FE Data in Careers Decision Making (Free Webinar for CDI Members)
July 24, 2018

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

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)

Read more

The New Role for the Career Guidance Professional By Tristram Hooley
June 12, 2018

Tristram is at the JobbAcktiv conference on career competencies in Oslo, Norway.

He is planning to talk about the need to move from a matching paradigm focused around ‘choosing’ to an active, learning-focused paradigm.

This is what he is planning to cover

From Career Choosing to Career Learning

From career choosing to career learning


Ambassador Positions for National Careers Week 2019
June 1, 2018

The application window is now open for Ambassador positions for National Careers Week 2019. 

Have you got the skills and connections to bring together students and employers?

Can you help others do the same?

If so, your help is needed! Help educators in your area leverage the NCW brand to provide careers experiences during National Careers Week, and throughout the year.

Successful applicants will benefit from… Read more

Free GDPR Awareness Course
March 21, 2018
This course is aimed at giving all staff an awareness of the new EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) that replace the existing Data Protection Act (DPA) on 25th May 2018.
The GDPR comes into effect on 25th March 2018 and replaces the existing Data Protection Act (DPA). The GDPR changes the regulations surrounding the way data controllers and processors handle data, introducing tougher requirements and giving individuals more power over what organisations can do with their data. We have designed this course to help staff gain awareness of the changes these regulations bring.
Duration:  30 mins
Price:  FREE



  1. Introduction
  2. Lawful Basis
  3. Consent
  4. Rights of the Data Subject
  5. International Data Transfers
  6. Data Breaches
  7. Other Elements of GDPR
    1. Data protection officer
    2. Data protection impact assessments
    3. Data audit
    4. Data protection policy
  8. Assessment Questions

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