Career Guidance in Schools, 26 January, Edinburgh

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Career Guidance

Holyrood Magazine’s Career Guidance in Schools Event

Better preparing young people for the life beyond school

The Event

Helping pupils to develop an idea of the different professions and career options available and preparing them for their chosen career path, is an important task for all schools in Scotland. This can be particularly challenging in times of staff shortages, squeezed budgets and increasing responsibilities but good career education and guidance is crucial to prepare young people for the life beyond school.

The Wood Commission identified “a clear requirement for better career information and advice and broader preparation for the world of work” to reduce youth unemployment. High quality guidance can also improve exam results, attendance and access to leading universities, as a study conducted for the Sutton Trust showed.

Holyrood Magazine’s Career Guidance in Schools Conference will explore what we can do in Scotland’s schools and beyond to ensure that all pupils receive the information, guidance and support they need to choose and prepare for a career that allows them to tap their full potential and integrate into the job market. 

Key Learning Points

Through plenary presentations and different discussion formats delegates will learn:

  • How career guidance needs to change to prepare students for the modern world of work, challenge stereotypes and help young people to reach their full potential
  • How schools can connect with employers and maintain useful relationships to improve career guidance
  • How all teaching and support staff can become involved in career guidance, what role they should play and which support is available from external partners 

Who should attend

The event is aimed at everyone who is involved in planning and delivering education for school children in Scotland and everyone else with an interest in career guidance.  


09:15     Registration and refreshments

10:00     Introduction from the chair

Session 1: The role of career guidance in the modern world of work

10:05     Importance of career guidance for reducing youth unemployment

10:25     The role of career guidance for educational attainment and how to provide school-based career guidance


11:45     The new Career Education Standard

             Ken Edwards, Education Programme Lead, Skills Development Scotland

11:05     Questions and discussion

11:25     Refreshment break

Session 2: Connecting schools and the world of work

11:45     Benefits of school-employer cooperation for pupils and teachers

12:05     How to connect with employers and maintain valuable and sustainable relationships with them

             Linda Scott, Chief Executive, West Lothian Chambers of Commerce 

12:25     Entrepreneurial Skills – a recipe for success?

  • Why are entrepreneurial skills essential?
  • How can we develop entrepreneurial skills?
  • What support is available to schools, colleges & other means of learning?

Geoff Leask, CEO, Young Enterprise Scotland

12:45     Questions and answers

12:55     Roundtable discussions

13:20     Lunch

Session 3: Learning from case studies and best practice

This session will include a number of case studies and best practice examples of innovative and engaging career guidance in schools. Afterwards, delegates will have the opportunity to discuss what they can learn from these examples for their own work and organisation and exchange experiences. 

14:10     Series of case studies and best practice examples on topics such as:

  • Working with and involving parents in career guidance
  • Challenging stereotypes and prejudices
  • Keeping teachers updated on developments on labour market and in the workplace

15:10     Questions and answers

15:15     Roundtable discussions

15:40     Summary and closing remarks

15:45     Close of the event

The agenda is subject to change.

Venue and costs

Event location:  central Edinburgh, the venue will be announced in due course

Delegate rates:

  • Discounted rate: £149 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: £199 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: £299 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please contact Svea Miesch, by email or phone 0131 285 1692.