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Free Master Class: T Levles and New Occupational Maps
September 11, 2019

October 3rd – Birmingham – BVSC Enterprises, Digbeth and October 16th – London – Church House, Westminster


The CDI is working with the DfE to present two, free, half-day sessions focusing on T Levels and the new occupational maps in Manchester and London. Please sign-up now as places are limited to 50 at each event.


09:30 – Registration and refreshments

10:00 – Welcome, opening remarks and introductions from Chair (Jan Ellis, CDI)

10:10 – Introduction to T Levels and the technical education reforms (Sue Clarke, DfE)

10:40 – Question and answer session – An opportunity for attendees to ask any immediate questions following Sue’s presentation

11:10 – Occupational maps for Technical Education Routes (Natasha Watkinson, Gatsby)

Natasha will introduce the background and development of the occupational maps, highlighting how they present a clear line of sight to employment by describing our technical labour market. Attendees will then have the chance to look at the maps on their tables and ask any questions.

11:30 – Refreshment break

11.50 – How Gatsby are working with local areas to prepare for T Levels (Gatsby)

Natasha will describe Gatsby’s ‘routes ready’ work in local areas which aims to make the most of the opportunities the reforms offer to shape the technical pathways that learners and employers need, and to ensure that staff and institutions are well prepared for the move to T Levels. Includes videos from some of the 2020 providers outlining their progress.

12:10 – Question and answer session, and discussion around opportunities, concerns and what careers advisers will need to help them provide advice to young people on T Levels

A further opportunity for attendees to ask questions and a post-it note exercise to jot down any concerns and opportunities.

12:30 – Feedback

12:50 – Closing remarks

13:00 – Lunch and networking

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Skills Shortages in Film
August 8, 2018

In this article, Yen Yau from Into Film, reports on skills shortages and especially the demand for numeracy skills in the film industry.





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Manufacturing a Career to Success
August 6, 2018

In this article published by the CDI, Bhavina Bharkhada explains why career inspiration is the key to solving the skills shortage in the manufacturing industry.


Careers Education in Primary Schools
August 1, 2018

In this article published by the CDI, Liz Reece looks at the importance of careers education in primary schools and suggests some useful resources.

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The Lack of Careers Guidance Before HE
July 30, 2018

In this article published by the CDI, Anne Wilson reports on how the lack of careers guidance before University affects students.


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.

Researching Careers in Careers
July 23, 2018

The International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS) at the University of Derby, is undertaking research to find out why career changers choose to work in the career development sector.

Little is known about the Career Development workforce and we would like to better understand the enablers and barriers to attracting new people to our profession.

The Centre and the CDI are interested in the views of practitioners working with adults who have moved into the career development field. They are keen to find out about what attracted you and how you see your career progressing. We value your thoughts on this topic.

All information will be anonymised. Please complete the short survey which can be accessed here

The survey is open until 30th July 2018. 

For more information contact Dr Siobhan Neary, Head of iCeGS at s.neary@derby.ac.uk


Employers’ Survey of Skills Shortages in the Career Development Sector
April 16, 2018

A message and call to action from the Jan Ellis, CEO of the CDI. 

In the last 12 months, there has been considerable talk about skills shortages in the career development sector.

This has ranged from conversations about the lack of qualified careers advisers looking to work in adult guidance and on NCS contracts in England, to a shortage of qualified and registered careers advisers to work in schools and colleges.

We also know from conversations with colleagues in SDS (Scotland) and Careers Wales, attracting careers advisers to train and stay in the sector is an increasing priority.

In England, where the current emphasis is on achieving the Gatsby benchmarks in schools and colleges, the Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) is looking to invest £2.5M in ‘personal careers guidance’ projects. While this is excellent news for the sector, the CDI would like to see a significant percentage of this investment directed towards the initial training of careers advisers in the form of bursaries, as one way to address the current skills shortage.

We know that our lobbying of DfE, the CEC and government bodies in Wales and Scotland will be much more effective if we are able to provide hard evidence of skills shortages. With this aim in mind we have created a short Survey Monkey; Read more

Employment Trends
November 13, 2017

Many forecasts focus on a specific issue such as artificial intelligence and robots, or demographics and the ageing workforce.

Earlier this year a substantial UK-US study  The future of skills: employment in 2030 integrated these with other trends, including globalisation, urbanisation and the green economy, to explore likely implications for employment and skills. A theme emerging in this report is the rising need for ‘complementary skills’, which has elsewhere been termed Hybrid jobs. (Although based on US job data, this report has obvious relevance for the UK.)

UK-specific information, including patterns in employment and the opportunities arising from ‘replacement demand’, are detailed in Working Futures 2014-2024 which includes many infographics that could be useful with clients.

First published in the CDI Newsletter

Ofsted & Volunteers from the World of Work
August 29, 2016

Ofsted’s Common Inspection Framework introduced in September 2015 has an increased focus on the importance of careers guidance for all young people aged 13-18. Volunteers from the world of work can play a key role in enhancing careers guidance provision and the important decision making all young people need to make about their futures while at school.

Working with volunteers from the world of work in supporting careers guidance provision is directly linked to the criteria in the inspection framework.

There are many examples where volunteers have talked to young people in schools and have helped to start the thinking process about their careers early. These volunteers have opened young people’s minds and they have also helped make school subjects relevant to the world outside and their future careers.

Volunteers have provided students with insights into lots of different jobs and sectors so that they make informed choices and start to build a foundation for their future careers. Many schools incorporate using volunteers into their careers guidance strategy to make the difference to their students’ futures. This in turn also helps them meet many of Ofsted’s criteria in the latest Common Inspection Framework. Events with volunteers only work well if the teachers involved are fully committed and invest time in achieving a good match between volunteers and students.

The ideas listed in the report published by Education and Employers http://www.educationandemployers.org/ in April 2016  shows how you can enhance your careers guidance provision and boost your chances of meeting inspection requirements.

To access the report  Click Here