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Free Webinar – Improving Customer Journeys Through Debt Advice
October 11, 2019

During this webinar on 16 October 2019, 11am-12noon, Craig Simmons (Debt Sector Coordination Manager) will discuss:

  • The scale of the problem of over-indebtedness and the need for PACE
  • The role of the Money and Pensions Service in the debt advice landscape
  • The aim of PACE to ensure more people get debt advice as early as possible
  • Future developments for PACE


Careermap & The Careers and Enterprise Company Free CPD Webinar
October 7, 2019

Careermap in collaboration with The Careers and Enterprise Company are hosting a live webinar aiming to help schools and colleges to achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks so they can begin applying them to their Careers Strategy.

This informative webinar will take place on Wednesday 16 October 2019 at 4pm

It’s completely free to join and thanks to technology, you can join anywhere, all you’ll need is a WiFi and a device which can be connected to it. Book below but don’t forget to come back to find out more about what the event will entail. 

Once you have booked you’ll later receive the login details closer to the time. Have a question? Want more information? You can email info@careermap.co.uk to find out more! 

Christine Hodgson Chairman of The Careers and Enterprise Company and CEO of Capgemini will be speaking at this event and sharing invaluable insights on how Career Leaders and teachers can create a careers programme which is stable (Gatsby Benchmark #1). 

What Will the Webinar Include?

The Careers and Enterprise webinar will include a detailed explanation focusing on how you can embed a stable careers programme which pinpoints the key principles of career education and guidance and how you can ensure pupils, teachers, employers and parents fully understand it. The CPD webinar event will also include:

  • An introduction from Sharon Walpole, Careermap Director
  • An introduction to Christine Hodgson, Chairman of The Careers and Enterprise Company
  • What is involved in a stable careers programme
  • How this can be included in day to day lessons
  • A review of the resources The CEC has available to support Careers Leaders
  • Opportunity for you to take part in the discussion and lead the way with a live Q&A

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Free Webinar: The New Funding Rules and What it Means for Apprenticeship Providers (19 Sept)
September 13, 2019

The final 2019-20 funding rules are now live – but what do they mean for apprenticeship providers?

What compliance issues are cropping up, and how can you make sure you are not over-claiming or under-claiming funding? (It’s more common than you think!)


Led by SDN’s compliance specialist, and based on our work with providers across the country, this free webinar will take you through:

  • The 2019-20 funding rules – what’s new and what’s changed?
  • What the new funding rules mean for apprenticeship compliance
  • Issues arising for apprenticeship providers
  • Ways to avoid over-claiming and under-claiming funding

The webinar will be hosted on Thurs 19th Sept at 12.30-1.30pm.


Who is this webinar for?

The webinar will be useful for those involved in apprenticeship compliance, curriculum development and pricing in both FE and HE – including managers, quality and curriculum teams, compliance and MIS teams and business development staff.

Facilitators and speakers

The webinar will be facilitated by David Lockhart-Hawkins. David is SDN’s specialist in compliance, systems and processes – he’s been at the forefront of the apprenticeship reform compliance strategies and has helped providers across the country to prepare to deliver standards.

Why an SDN webinar?

SDN has supported 5,000 apprenticeship staff, from over 1,000 organisations, to prepare to deliver apprenticeship standards and end-point assessment. We’ve also worked closely with over 80 of the trailblazer employer groups, giving us a unique insight into what is required.


Free Webinar: Complying with FE/HE Accessibility Regulations
September 6, 2019

In August 2018 a new law was passed that means public sector websites will need to meet accessibility standards so that people who use assistive technology or have additional needs can easily access services and information online.

Below are details of a free webinar being run by AbilityNet.

Date and time of webinar: 26 September at 13:00 BST

This webinar provides an update on how Public Sector Bodies Accessibility Regulations are being implemented by universities and other HE (higher education) institutions. This is part of a series of free webinars we are hosting to support you on your journey to compliance.

About the webinar

Abi James of AbilityNet and Alistair McNaught of McNaught Consultancy will present on this webinar which takes place just 3 days after the first deadline of the regulations.

Abi and Alistair are co-chairs of the Further Higher Education Digital Accessibility Working Group, set up to help the sector with embedding web accessibility. In addition to her role as an accessibility consultant at AbilityNet, Abi is a visiting research fellow at the University of Southampton and chairs the New Technology Committee of the British Dyslexia Association. Alistair is an independent consultant with his own firm and an accessibility subject matter expert with relevant previous roles at Jisc – a membership organisation providing digital solutions for UK education and research.

During the webinar Abi and Alistair will:

  1. Introduce examples of how universities are developing accessibility statements
  2. Provide information on the latest news, new resources and approaches to support digital accessibility within the public sector
  3. Examine the ‘business case’ for compliance and how this can support what students and other stakeholders with accessing education and other public services

Who is this webinar for?:

  • Higher and further education institutions
  • Local government and the health sector
  • Website owners, digital leaders, IT and procurement specialists
  • Suppliers applying for tenders in the public sector

The webinar will last 1 hour and includes a question and answer session. Those who register for the webinar will receive a recording, even if unable to attend live. 

Register now

Webinar: Apprenticeship Programmes – How to Generate Stakeholder Buy-In in Your Large organisation
September 2, 2019

During this webinar, you will hear from Strategic Commercial Manager Paula Gibson and Stakeholder Partnerships and Policy Manager Bryony Kingsland on how to generate internal stakeholder buy-in in your large organisation.

Date: Thursday, September 5th, 2019 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM BST

Topics cover how to:

  • get buy-in from your stakeholders
  • demonstrate the return on investment with a case study on Scottish Power
  • overcome internal barriers including key messaging for the 20% off-the-job learning
  • plus a Q&A session at the end.

To register, follow the link below.


Sir John Holman: Good Career guidance. How Are We Doing? 11 July 2019
August 29, 2019
Webinar Recording: Age Friendly​ Volunteering
August 14, 2019

In this recorded webinar (lasting 40 minutes) the Centre for Ageing Better discusses the six principles for age-friendly and inclusive volunteering and ideas for how to put them into practice.

Watch the highlights below:

TUC Webinars Focus on National Retraining Scheme
August 1, 2019

The TUC has just released two webinars which provide an overview of the development of the National Retraining Scheme and a demonstration of the first part of the scheme, Get Help to Retrain.

NRS webinar

The National Retraining Scheme is the Government’s new programme, developed alongside the TUC and CBI through the National Retraining Partnership, to prepare adults for future changes to the economy, including those brought about by automation.

It will help adults to retrain and secure better jobs whilst supporting employers to get the skilled workers they need.

The webinars are:

  • Introduction to the National Retraining Scheme
  • Demonstration of Get Help to Train

The webinars can be found on the TUC website.

Unionlearn recently published a news story giving details on the first trial of the National Retraining Scheme in Liverpool, which can be found here.

Helping You to Meet the #GatsbyBenchmarks
July 29, 2019

Are you a career leader or a teacher?

Need to embed careers in the curriculum? Careermap has you covered with their informative CPD webinar series aiming to help you to succeed at providing high quality career guidance. 

Who Are the Free Gatsby Benchmark Webinars For? 

Whether you’re a teacher, Career Leader or career adviser, you’ll be more than welcome to join the interactive live event. Join the event and you’ll be part of a deep discussion offering practical advice and discovering how to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks. 

Worldwide respected employers, industry experts and leaders are all involved in the webinars alongside Director of Careermap, Sharon Walpole.

Careermap recognises that there is a strong requirement for career advice and guidance in schools, colleges and Sixth Forms.

Underpinning the purpose of the Gatsby Benchmarks and implementing them into your career strategy is a necessity to enabling young people to make well informed choices about their future. 

What Can You Expect?

Hosting the event will be Sharon Walpole, Director of Careermap and sector expert. As a well known panellist with more than 15 years experience in the industry, Sharon is highly respected for her expertise. Sharon has also enjoyed a fulfilling career as an FE college lecturer. 

Sharon has a strong knowledge of all career pathways and the webinars will also feature skills sector organisations, industry experts and top employers including:

Click on the name of the event your interested in to find out more about each one. You can also book your tickets to the event – it’s free!

Cost and Location

The Careermap CPD webinar series is completely free and you don’t need to limit your options as you pick multiple events. However, this works on a first come first served basis so book today to avoid any disappointment. 

Once you’ve booked we’ll be in touch closer to the time with your login details. Should you have any queries in the meantime you can email for more information.  

Who is Careermap? 

Careermap is an online resource which connects young people, schools, colleges, universities and parents with high quality career advice and guidance. 

Careermap release informative webinars, powerful and insightful Careermag, interactive videos and blogs based on current events and getting the edge with a firm focus on helping schools and colleges to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks

Free Webinar: Initial Assessment for Apprenticeship Standards – How is it Different? (28 June)
June 27, 2019

Getting initial assessment right for apprenticeship standards is vital, and underpins the quality and effectiveness of your provision. What’s more, it’s now a key focus for Ofsted and the ESFA.

On Friday 28 June (12.30-1.30pm), The Strategic Development Network are hosting a free introductory webinar to give you an overview of why initial assessment is so important and what you need to be thinking about.

In the webinar, they’ll take you through

  • Why initial assessment is so important for standards provision
  • What it means for the quality of your provision, and compliance
  • Frameworks to standards – initial assessment challenges

Who is this webinar for?

The webinar will be useful for those involved in the management and delivery of apprenticeship training.

Facilitators and speakers

The webinar will be facilitated by David Lockhart-Hawkins. David, who specialises in compliance, systems and processes has been at the forefront of the apprenticeship reforms and has helped providers across the country to prepare to deliver standards.

Why an SDN webinar?

SDN has supported 5,000 apprenticeship staff, from over 1,000 organisations, to prepare to deliver apprenticeship standards and end-point assessment. We’ve also worked closely with over 80 of the trailblazer employer groups, giving us a unique insight into what is required.

Here’s the link to REGISTER YOUR PLACE