Celebrating best practice stories from across the country at our Annual Conference

This year we were delighted to welcome over 800 delegates at our third Annual Conference which took place at Newbury Racecourse on Wednesday 4 July.

About our conference

The Annual Conference celebrated the amazing work that is taking place in careers and enterprise as well as looking forward to the year ahead.

We had a fantastic line-up of inspirational speakers, keynote presentations and lively panel discussions. The day explored the most pressing topics in debates and interactive workshops including how best to link careers to curriculum learning, to the role of business in addressing the challenge of social mobility.

A massive thank you to all of our speakers from across schools who have inspired, challenged and changed our thinking.

Key note speakers at the conference included: Christine Hodgson, Chair of The Careers & Enterprise Company, Professor Sir John Holman from the Gatsby Foundation and Carl Ward, President of ASCL.

Key highlights

  • Carl Ward, President of ASCL gave an uplifting speech about working together to change the culture of careers education for the better.
  • Abi Hart from National Grid UK, told us her inspirational story about how she managed to get a well-paid job at National Grid by overcoming the challenges often faced by young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
  • Kim Reid, Skills Champion from World Skills shared in her inspiring story how to have the courage to pursue the career path that young people know is right for them.
  • 50 brilliant young people from local schools and colleges joined us for their work experience. They enthusiastically carried out a variety of roles on the day from stewarding, photography to social media management and interviewing delegates.

Annual Conference highlights

Celebrating everyone

We had an amazing response to our awards this year, receiving more than 200 nominations from across the country. The awards recognise and celebrate the wonderful work of those supporting careers education and helping young people into the world of work.

What’s next?

In concluding the conference, Claudia Harris, CEO The Careers & Enterprise Company said:

“We know that this journey is not easy. It is most certainly a marathon not a sprint. But as more and more people join us, it feels increasingly possible that we can truly change the face of careers across the country … Together we really can ensure that our young people and indeed our economy have the best possible chance of success in the future.”