Adult Career Guidance

Meeting needs in a changing environment

This conference is brought to you jointly by NIACE and NAEGA.

Date: 21 Jun 2011
Venue: London:
The Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Ref: C1999/0611

Event fee per person: £175 (includes sandwich lunch, tea/coffee and the NIACE & NAEGA policy position paper - [PDF] on integrated career guidance for adults)

Early bird places £149 offered to members of NAEGA and NIACE for places booked by Thursday 5 May 2011

NB: NIACE does not charge VAT on conference or course fees.

Contact: NIACE Events Team ( Tel: 0116 2042833
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The vital role of career guidance as part of an offer to enable adults to take control of their learning, work and wider lives has long been recognised, and has attracted growing attention from policy makers in recent years. In times of rapid change and uncertainty, the need for effective career guidance to support individual decision making and progression becomes greater still.

Since coming to power in May 2010, the Coalition Government has embarked on a reform programme unprecedented in both its scale, speed and potential reach. These reforms have the potential to radically redraw the learning, skills and employment landscape in ways that it remains difficult to predict. In particular, we are witnessing: 

  • efficiency savings across all areas of public spending
  • welfare reform and the introduction of the Work Programme
  • reform of the fees and funding regimes in Further and Higher Education, with the reduction of state support and emphasis on ‘co-financing’ of study by individual learners
  • pursuit of ‘Big Society, Small Government’ as an underpinning principle.

The wider context for these reforms is being shaped by number of structural challenges, including:

  • demographic change and an ‘ageing society’
  • technological change
  • recovery from recession and resilience
  • high unemployment among young adults
  • labour market trends such as the shrinking of the public sector and the expansion of part time work.

Adults from all walks of life will require the support of high quality career guidance that reflects their individual circumstances if they are to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities that lie ahead. The adult careers service introduced last year in England is poised to give way by 2012 to an all-age service for both young people and adults. It will be critical to ensure not only that the needs of adults are not marginalised within the new framework, but also that the nature, range and design of provision both within and outside the contracting arrangements for the all-age service can deliver accessible and coherent support. In shaping adult career guidance for a new era, the needs of adults must be at the heart of service development.

NIACE and NAEGA are collaborating on this conference which will explore how career guidance policy and practice can meet the needs of all adults across the life course in a changing and challenging economic and social climate. In doing so, it will ask what lessons can be learned from innovative and integrated approaches that have been successfully developed in both England and elsewhere in Europe.

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  • provide participants with an understanding of the changing policy context and its implications for adult career guidance policy and practice
  • explore the impact of the changing economic and social environment and current legislation for the planning and delivery of adult career guidance
  • identify what approaches to the provision of career guidance will be needed to support adults in learning, work and wider life across the life course
  • provide opportunities to learn about innovative models for the planning and delivery of integrated career guidance for adults in England and elsewhere
  • explore the changing skills and knowledge needs of adult career guidance practitioners, those involved in the delivery of ‘front line’ advice services, and those for whom adult career guidance in only part of what they do
  • share knowledge and experiences between practitioners and providers about effective approaches to adult guidance provision and identify how these can be harnessed to inform future developments
  • launch the joint NIACE / NAEGA policy position paper on integrated career guidance for adults.

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The event will be of particular interest to:

  • National and local policy leads for adult learning and skills and adult guidance
  • Adult learning and skills and adult guidance sector representative bodies
  • Strategic and operational managers in adult learning and skills and adult guidance providers across all sectors
  • Adult learning and skills and adult guidance practitioners
  • Jobcentre Plus
  • Work Programme providers
  • Unionlearn
  • Third Sector providers
  • Employer representatives
  • Local Enterprise Partnerships.

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10:00    Arrival and registration (tea/coffee available)

10:30    Welcome and introduction to the day from the Chair
             Mark Ravenhall, Director – Policy and Impact, NIACE

10.40    The Challenges Before Us
             Professor Stephen McNair, President - NAEGA and Senior Research Fellow - NIACE

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10.55    National Careers Service: progress towards implementation
            Adam Micklethwaite, Deputy Director, Quality, Empowerment and Guidance Division, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)

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11:10   Panel session: national and international models of integrated service delivery
            Multi-Access Centres:  Nelda Kappia, Adult Skills and Learning Service, Leicester City Council
            LEAP Centres:  Miles Cole, Project Manager, LEAP
            Local Authority & Next Step partnership:  Karen Royle, Area and Learner Services Co-ordinator, Oldham Lifelong Learning Service and Jayne Entwistle, Positive Steps Oldham

11:40   Panel Q&A

11:50   Workshops – morning session

            1) Supporting volunteers: developing the role of Union Learning Reps (ULRs) and Community Learning Champions (CLCs)
            CLCs - Dawna Lee, Hackney Learning Trust
            ULRs - Mick Power, Sainsbury’s Logistical Depot Union Learning Centre

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           2) LMI and adult career guidance
           Bernadette Rizzi, Careers Coach, BBS
           Edwin Milligan, Next Steps, North East

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           3) Career Learning Blueprint project
           Ann Ruthven, Head of Learning and Learner Support, Learning and Skills Improvement Service
           Judi Morrison, Curriculum Manager, Somerset Skills and Learning

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           4) Higher Education career guidance for adults
           Andrew Watson, Director of Development, Open College of the Arts
           Siobhan Neary, University of Derby

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           5) Lessons for future practice from Next Step, the adult careers service
           Sue Hughes, Quality Coach, BSS
           Jill Monro, Next Step Adviser

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13:00   Sandwich lunch
            Chair:     Martin Peel, NAEGA

14:00   Workshops – afternoon session (repeated)

15:10   Mapping the way ahead: launch of NIACE & NAEGA policy position paper - [PDF]
            Heather Jackson, NAEGA
            Helen Plant, Senior Project Officer, NIACE

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15:30   Close of conference (tea/coffee available)


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Event Information

  • Arrival and registration is at 10:00am for a 10:30am start. The event will end at 3:30pm
  • Event fee per person: £175 (includes sandwich lunch, tea/coffee and a copy of the joint NIACE / NAEGA policy position paper on integrated career guidance for adults)
    Early bird places £149 offered tomembers of NAEGA and NIACE for places booked by Thursday 5 May 2011
    NB: NIACE does not charge VAT on conference or course fees.
  • Only application forms with the payments section completed will be processed. NB: If you wish us to invoice your employer we require a copy of the Purchase Order before the form is processed
  • Places will be allocated in order of receipt of completed application forms (one form per person)
  • Video cameras may be in use at this event. If you do not wish to be photographed or appear on the video outputs please indicate this on the application form and make yourself known at registration
  • Participants should be prepared to take their own notes as there will not be handouts for all sessions
  • If you have not received an e-mail confirming your attendance and joining instructions 4 working days before the event please contact:
    Tel:  0116 2042833
    Fax:  0116 2548368

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Application Conditions

Event: Tuesday 21 June 2011
Closing Date: Thursday 9 June 2011

  • Cancellations will only be accepted if received in writing before the closing date and will be subject to an administration fee of £50
  • The full fee is payable prior to the event
  • Substitutions are to be advised 5 working days prior to the event
  • A 10 working days notice period is required for provision of electronic note-takers, sign language interpreters and transcription to Braille
  • Places can be reserved online via: www Alternatively completed and signed application forms can be faxed or posted to NIACE by the closing date. Reservations by telephone cannot be accepted
  • Application forms are individually acknowledged by e-mail. Joining instructions, including map and directions, will be e-mailed out one week before the event.
  • NIACE reserves the right to reject applicants who are not from the target audience list.

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