National Careers Service

Implications for Adults and Learning Providers

The sixth in the series of NIACE Making Sense Seminars.

Date: 30 May 2012
Venue: Leicester:
NIACE Renaissance House, 20 Princess Road West, Leicester LE1 6TP
Ref: C3093AM/0512

£79:  NIACE Members
£99:  Non-members
(includes tea/coffee and sandwich lunch)

Contact: NIACE Events Team ( Tel: 0116 204 2833
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Launched in April 2012, the National Careers Service is aimed at all adults and young people over the age of 13. For adults, it combines support via the telephone, a website and face to face in the community.

This seminar will provide a briefing for providers on the implications of the new National Careers Service for adult learners, how the service will engage with other advice services for adults and the link between this initiative and other policy reforms set out in the government's strategy, New Challenges, New Chances.

Hear from Joe Billington, Director of the National Careers Service at the Skills Funding Agency, Dr Tristram Hooley, Director of the International Centre for Guidance Studies, and Laura Bell, Assistant Regional Manager of the National Careers Service in the North East.  The event will include Q&A and discussion sessions during which delegates can share their views, learn from one another and debate issues, opportunities and challenges presented by the new service.

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This seminar will:

  • Provide a current briefing on the National Careers Service and its role nationally and locally
  • Provide an analysis to support provider strategic planning and practice
  • Enable sharing or good practice on providers' approaches to supporting learner decisions and progression in a changing market. 

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This event is for managers and practitioners in adult learning and adult guidance providers of all kinds:
colleges, local authorities, voluntary and community organisations and private providers. 

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Arrival, registration and networking (tea/coffee available)


Welcome and introduction to the day from the Chair
Mark Ravenhall, Director of Policy and Impact, NIACE


Keynote 1:
The National Careers Service and New Challenges, New Chances
Joe Billington, Skills Funding Agency, Director, National Careers Service


Keynote 2:
A provider perspective
Laura Bell, Assistant Regional Manager, National Careers Service - North East


Keynote 3:
The National Careers SErvice: a career developmetn perspective
Dr. Tristram Hooley, Director, iCEGS


Panel Q&A followed by
Round table discussions:
Implications for planning and practice


Feedback from discussions


Summing Up
Mark Ravenhall, Director of Policy and Impact, NIACE


End of seminar (sandwich lunch, tea/coffee available)

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 Event Information

  • Arrival and registration is at 10:30am for a 10:45am start. The event will end with lunch at 1:00pm
  • Event fee per person: £99 for non-members; £79 for NIACE members (includes sandwich lunch, tea/coffee
  • NB: NIACE does not charge VAT on conference or course fees.
  • Only online 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 online application forms (one online application 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: 

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Application Conditions 

  • Event: Wednesday 30 May 2012
  • Closing Date: Wednesday 23 May 2012
  • Cancellations are non-refundable
  • The full fee is payable prior to the event
  • Substitutions are to be advised 5 working days prior to the event
  • A 15 working days notice period is required for provision of electronic note-takers, sign language interpreters and transcription to Braille
  • Places are to be reserved online - scroll up and click on Apply Now
  • 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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