‘Embedding Careers – Inspiring All’ - YC Hertfordshire holds major event for careers education professionals

20 March 2018

On Wednesday 14 March 2018 Hertfordshire County Council YC Hertfordshire held its annual Information Advice and Guidance Conference. The event was attended by delegates from Hertfordshire’s schools and colleges. This year’s theme was ‘Embedding Careers – Inspiring All’.

The aim of the day was to inspire and enable learning providers to develop their careers and employability provision using the latest evidence and statutory guidance.

Delegates ranged from secondary school careers co-ordinators and heads of year to governors and primary school heads. The event was aimed at professionals who need to keep up to date with careers and work-related learning to support their students, taking the opportunity to hear about national developments and best practice and to participate in a range of workshops.

The conference was opened by David Williams, Leader of the Hertfordshire County Council, who said: 

“We are all working towards the same ambition: one that supports business in recruiting the skills it needs and one that prepares young people to have the aptitudes for the work place.

“Good careers guidance widens horizons, challenges stereotypes and raises aspirations. It provides young people with the knowledge and skills necessary to make successful transitions to the next stage of their life.”

The first keynote speech was given by Professor Tristram Hooley, Careers and Enterprise Company Director of Research. He said: “Careers choices are the most important decisions people can make. Young people need interventions to help them navigate through these decisions.”

Speeches were also given by Norman Jennings of the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Dr Christopher Brown, of the University of Hertfordshire Business School illustrating the skills businesses want from young people especially resilience, confidence and experiences of the work place.

This was followed by round table discussions: a chance for delegates to share their ideas on how the insights from the presenters could be used in their settings and how a skills framework could support young people’s progression.

Feedback from the event included:

“A very interesting day. Workshops were very informative and well presented”

“One of the best IAG conferences I have attended”

“Very useful and worthwhile day. Powerful messages to present to our Senior Leadership Teams in schools.”

“Excellent event. Very useful workshop information.”

Information about YC Hertfordshire services for schools and colleges