Building successful careers

Youth Connexions holds major event for careers education and guidance professionals during National Careers Week

IAG Conference 2016 -
Education and Employer Partnerships to Build Successful Careers

On Wednesday 9 March 2016 Hertfordshire County Council Youth Connexions held its annual Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) Conference. The event was attended by over 100 delegates from Hertfordshire's schools and colleges. This year's theme was 'Education and Employer Partnerships to Build Successful Careers'.

The aim of the day was to support learning providers in developing their career and work-related education programmes to meet statutory guidance and Ofsted requirements, focusing on the importance of developing employability skills to enable students to build successful careers.

The conference was opened by Hertfordshire County Council's Executive Member for Enterprise Education and Skills, David Williams, who talked about how Hertfordshire offers fantastic opportunities for young people to thrive and prosper, with so many great local businesses hungry for talent and skills.

This was followed by a talk by Ofsted Inspector, Tony Gallagher, on how Ofsted is looking at the effectiveness of IAG provision in schools and its importance in preparing young people for their future. Talking about the conference he said:

"It's so positive to see such a broad range of careers-related professionals in one room! Youth Connexions is a highly respected body with a huge amount of knowledge and experience. It has very strong relationships with schools and colleges, giving them professional leadership in the IAG world."

In the afternoon a panel of five employers answered questions from the room about what skills and attributes they are looking for in young people and how schools and colleges can help to prepare them for working life.

As well as the keynote speeches and interaction with local employers, delegates could attend up to three workshops from a choice of eight held on the day. The topics included:

  • What labour market information do schools need to know?
  • Online careers information for students
  • Best practice for giving HE advice to students
  • Work experience within a 16-19 study programme

Andy Gardner, practising careers adviser, author and founder of the Central London Careers Hub, who led two of the most popular workshops, said about Youth Connexions:

"Running the Central London Careers Hub, gives me a good overview of careers guidance services in London and the home counties. It's really heart-warming to see a service thriving and with such great connections to its schools. The Youth Connexions Education Services Team is so supportive - it's a pleasure to be involved with this conference."

Find out more information about Youth Connexions services for schools and colleges.