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The Edge Foundation is an independent foundation working to inspire the education system to give all young people across the UK the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to flourish in their future life and work. Longtime advocates of high quality careers education and guidance, they are delighted to be supporting this event.

The Virtual Conference

The world has experienced major economic, social and technology impacts. Societies everywhere are undergoing deep transformation. Climate change, an ageing workforce and skills gaps are major issues that governments need to address. Only time will tell what the impact of the current health crisis will have in the medium and long-term. As a consequence, careers will evolve in response to a dynamically changing environment. How will this affect jobs, training, employment, the gig economy and/or unemployment in the future? We will be exploring forward-thinking approaches to careers support systems drawing on international good and interesting policies and practices.

For leaders, educators, career development, HR and employment specialists a fundamental question is: – how best can individuals be better prepared to adapt and prosper through lifelong learning and work? Individuals’ must be well equipped with the mindsets and tools they need to find and benefit from purposeful learning and work opportunities. Organisations working with young people and/or adults in differing contexts will need agile responses to meet citizens’ needs.

With all this in mind, time away to network with experts and like-minded colleagues is just what the doctor ordered. This year’s theme is Evolving Careers. Delegates will learn from experts and peers whilst sharing experiences, research and best practise to take back to the day job of helping to transform people’s lives.

Conference Content

  • International keynote speakers
  • Breakout sessions hosted by leading experts and contributors

Session topics include;

    • Career-related learning in primary schools
    • An evolving curriculum in secondary, tertiary, vocational education and training (VET) and higher education settings
    • Future scoping careers
    • Digital innovations
    • Building Partnerships
    • How to Make a Difference to Those That Need Support Most
    • Youth Transitions: Creating Pathways to Success
    • Adults in the workplace
    • Labour markets: where next?
    • Tackling unemployment
    • Lifelong guidance
    • Social inclusion

*these are subject to change

  • Interactive Q&A panel debates
  • Digital delegate toolkit packed with valuable resources

Why Attend?

Our conference last year was a great success with delegates rating it 4.4 out of 5 in terms of value, content and relevance to their needs.

This year we have mixed our successful formula with some great new features and benefits but don’t just take our word for it, this is what our delegates had to say after the 2019 conference;

“It was inspirational to share so many elements of practice and research in one place. The calibre of speakers and content (including the toolkit) was exceptional.”

“Inspiring, positive, brilliantly organised. A day well spent.”

“The conference blended the worlds of academia research with great examples of careers work from around the world. We want more!”

“A wonderful conference, full of insight. Can’t wait for the next one.”

“The conference offered a great opportunity to interact with thought leaders on important topics relating to career development. Excellent venue and well organised.”


Serena Hopkins

Executive Director, Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF)

Professor James P. Sampson Jnr

Emeritus Professor, Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, Florida State University., USA

Dr. Anthony Mann

Senior Policy Analyst (Education and Skills), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Dr. Ebun Joseph

Career Development Consultant, Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI), University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dublin, Ireland

Liane Hambly

Director, Liane Hambly Associates, UK

Simon Hepburn, MA FRSA

UK Director of Programmes at City Year UK, London

Professor Graham Atwell

Research Director, Pontydysgu, UK

Dr. Reinekke Lengelle

Associate Professor, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Athabasca, Canada

Dr. Naema Pasha

Director of Careers & Professional Development and Founder of WOW (World of Work), Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK

Chris Percy
Chris Percy

Director CSP Resources, London

Prof. Fusun Akkok

Faculty of Education, Dept Education Sciences, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Richard Marsh

Director of Apprenticeships and Vocational Education for Kaplan Financial

Dr Siobhan Neary, RCDP

Associate Professor and Head of the International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS, Institute of Education, University of Derby

Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE

Director, dmh associates, Co-Editor, British Journal of Guidance and Counselling - International Symposium Series Associate Fellow, University of Warwick, Institute for Employment Research (IER)

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