National Career Leaders Conference 2022

Date and time
Thursday, 30 June 2022
09.00 - 17.30

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus
Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB

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Join us at the Career Leaders Conference 2022 - LIVE

The National Career Leaders Conference and Exhibition is jointly organised by the CDI, iCeGS at the University of Derby and Optimus Education. 

We are excited to announce that we will be holding the CDI Career Leaders Conference 2022 as a LIVE in-person event for 2022 on Thursday 30 June at the University of Derby, Kedleston Road Campus. 

This is the fifth conference of its type, designed to support the learning, information sharing and professional development of Careers Leaders working in secondary schools, FE and SEND schools and colleges, Enterprise Coordinators and Careers Advisers. 

The theme of the conference will focus on ‘Deepening strategic careers leadership’ and expert practitioners will invite attendees to join thought-provoking discussions during keynote and panel sessions, and workshops throughout the day.

There will also be an exhibition, which will provide an opportunity to engage with organisations supporting the careers sector.

Further information

2022 Theme: Deepening strategic careers leadership

 Confirmed keynote speakers

  • Nicola HallDirector of EducationCareers and Enterprise Company 

  • Ryan GibsonNational System Leader for CareersAcademies Enterprise Trust 

Sub-themes and the topics for the workshops

  1. Developing the workforce: This theme is about how you identify training needs and meet these using a variety of innovative approaches. We would also like to hear about how you evaluate the impact of these activities. Everyone within the workforce is involved in careers development in some way, including internal and external individuals such as governors, employers, teaching and non-teaching staff and senior leaders.

  2. Developing the culture: The ambition is to get to the point where all teachers recognise that they are “teachers of careers” and that career development is central to a learning organisation’s mission. What measures did you take to get to this point? What were the barriers and how did you overcome them?

  3. Developing practical approaches: We want to hear about innovation. How have you used the lessons from the pandemic in terms of the use of technology? What have you kept and what have you dropped? How are you involving stakeholders and parents in the planning and delivery of careers work? What measures are you taking to ensure that parents are fully engaging with their child’s career development needs?

As part of our commitment to encouraging both new and established voices in career development, we are asking for submissions from individuals and organisations to lead workshops related to the key themes of the conference and of relevance to the audience. 

There will be three, 40-minute workshop sessions at the conference. These will take place at  :

  • 10.25am -11.05am
  • 12.30pm- 1.10pm
  • 2.55pm- 3.35pm

If you would like to submit a proposal for a workshop, please complete this form by 5pm on 31 May

The University of Derby is offering a large open exhibition area for you to showcase your products, services and expertise to a large, engaged audience of careers leaders.

Whether you or your organisation are looking to promote resources, services, training, qualifications or career opportunities, we have a commercial package tailored to your needs.  All commercial partners will benefit from targeted sector media exposure in the run-up to, during and after the event – maximising your ROI.

Find out about all of our commercial opportunities - download our brochure here.

 If you have any enquiries or would like to discuss your company's requirements, please get in touch with Jo Thorniley from the CDI by emailing joanne.thorniley@thecdi.net

Ticket Prices

CDI member £120
Standard rate - non-member £160
Student £80

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High profile national event, jointly organised by iCeGS at the University of Derby, the Careers Development Institute (the CDI), and Optimus.

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