Preparing students for their future success – conference for careers education professionals

22 March 2017

More than 100 delegates attended the annual YC Hertfordshire - Information, Advice and Guidance Conference held on 15th March which aimed to empower learning providers to develop their employability and enterprise education programmes.

Attendees included many Hertfordshire’s schools and colleges who were keen to o find out more about preparing their students for future success.

Professor Sir John Holman

The conference was opened by Cllr Morris Bright, Leader of Hertsmere Borough Council and the Deputy Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Education & Skills. He is also on the Board of Directors for Elstree Studios.

The first keynote speech was by Professor Sir John Holman, Adviser in Education at the Wellcome Trust and the Gatsby Foundation, who talked passionately about the subject of good careers. He highlighted the need for a stable, structured careers programme in every school, with a curriculum closely linked to careers and said: “If young people know more about the range of careers open to people with the right qualifications, they have a clearer idea of the routes to better jobs.”

In the afternoon there was a question and answers session with a panel of four of Hertfordshire’s Careers and Enterprise Programme advisers who volunteer in local schools. The topics discussed included how to enable young people to make informed decisions about their future and the need to spark more young people’s interest in careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The session was chaired by Norman Jennings, Skills and Employment Manager, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership. Asked about the value of the conference he said “It’s absolutely vital for our future workforce and our future economy that we ensure strong links between education and employers are made and developed.”

As well as the keynote speeches and interaction with local employers, delegates attended workshops which covered a range of subjects, from the value of work experience to the help available to young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Watch this short video for a flavour of the day:


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