‘Excellence in Careers – achieving all eight benchmarks’ - YC Hertfordshire holds major event for careers professionals and employers

25 March 2019

YC Hertfordshire, part of Hertfordshire County Council, has held its annual Information Advice and Guidance Conference, attended by more than 150 delegates from Hertfordshire’s schools and colleges.

This year the event was run in partnership with the Careers & Enterprise Company and the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

The aim of the day was to inspire and enable schools and colleges to develop their careers and employability provision for young people, ensuring young people develop the skills needed for the workplace.

The conference was opened by Teresa Heritage, Deputy Leader of Hertfordshire County Council and Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, who said: "We are achieving above average in Hertfordshire because we have good schools, colleges and training providers, and we have some leading companies and employers engaging with them. Working together to provide a wide range of opportunities for work experience, apprenticeships, mentors and workplace learning, we can make a difference to the lives of young people."

Conference heard from Jules Steele, Senior Ofsted Inspector who said: "We focus on the impact and quality of careers guidance and how well a school or college is preparing their students for their next step – whatever that might be."

Russell Beck of the Impellam Group plc gave a thought-provoking and insightful talk, challenging educators to consider the changes and opportunities brought by technological development and increasing automation.

David Andrews OBE, a National Careers Education and Guidance Consultant, closed the conference by reflecting on the importance of the the careers leader in a school.

Watch this video which captures the highlights of the 2019 conference:


Feedback from the event included:

"As an employer and covering large areas with different authorities, this is the only area investing in education and careers."

"I certainly came away with many ideas on how to tackle some of the more challenging aspects and felt a sense of renewed enthusiasm for moving the careers work in school forward." - Vicky Langston, Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School 

"Excellent! So glad we work with YC Hertfordshire." Debra Waterfield, Roman Fields School

Information about YC Hertfordshire services for schools and colleges