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On Wednesday 4th July, more than 800 delegates from across the country descended on Newbury Racecourse for The Careers & Enterprise Company’s third Annual Conference.

The one-day event brought together representatives from schools and colleges, employers and careers providers to share best practice in preparing young people for the world of work. Delegates included 300 Enterprise Coordinators and Enterprise Advisers from within the network.

The conference was opened, and then expertly hosted by Darshan Leslie, one of The Careers & Enterprise Company’s own apprentices. We also welcomed back Ahmed Almusawy, a previous company apprentice, to one of the main panel discussions.

A brilliant team of 50 young people from local schools and colleges joined us for a day of work experience and helped make sure that the day ran smoothly.

In addition to hearing from key note speakers during the opening and closing plenaries, delegates had the opportunity to join other sessions focussing on specific aspects of careers provision. These ranged from how best to link careers to curriculum learning, to the role of business in addressing the challenge of social mobility.

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.

A real highlight for everyone attending the conference was hearing from Abi Hart, who told her inspirational story about getting her job at National Grid UK and working as a young person with special educational needs.

The Careers & Enterprise Company’s Annual Awards also formed a key part of the day, with regional and national winners being announced and recognised during the conference programme.

Claudia Harris, CEO of The Careers & Enterprise Company, commented: “There has never been a more important time to come together to ensure that young people are at the heart of all that we do.”