Alongside the NICEC Journal, NICEC Seminars and Network meetings are the key means of sharing ideas and evidence around our network of Fellows, members and other interested people.

NICEC holds 6 Fellows meetings per year. These are followed by either early evening seminars (4 a year) or full afternoon Network meetings (2 a year).

NICEC seminars and network meetings are included in the membership fees paid by Fellows and Members.
Others are most welcome to attend for a modest charge - £20 for seminars and £40 for Network Meetings.

Please contact: Dr Robin Mellors-Bourne

Upcoming NICEC events

NICEC Network Event: 

Thursday 24th September 2020 15.00-17.00 (BST) [Online]

T-levels: will they solve the vocational problem?

NICEC's next network event is all about the new T levels. What would you advise a young person about them? In an uncertain labour market, will T levels work? What are the alternatives? Are they an option for adults? What are the real progression routes from T levels? Will this change to vocational education be any different?

Building on our seminar on careers work in Further Education, this meeting will explore how policy around the T level has developed and the hopes, fears and realities of rolling out this new qualification and vocational pathway to young people, colleges and employers. It brings together policy insight, research evidence and case study practice.

PART ONE: Big picture

Introduction and welcome

Session 1: ‘This time it will be different’– the hopes for T levels

This session will outline developments in policy around vocational pathways, reforms of technical education and the current refocus on further education; the role and vision for T levels; and explore the implications for young people. To explore whether T levels have been developed too quickly or a long time coming.

Becci Newton, Associate Director, IES

Catherine Sezen, Senior Policy Manager FE, Association of Colleges

Laura-Jane Rawlings, Youth Employment UK (plus 2 colleagues)

Q&A with panel (Becci, Catherine and Laura-Jane)

PART TWO: Evidence and experiences.

Session 2: ‘The T Level USP’ - The Industry Placement

This session will discuss the placement which is the key element of T levels, lessons learned to date, and how research and evaluation has helped policy and practice around placements to evolve. It will also cover the ambitions for placements, and their pros and cons, and how we are still trying to get them right.

Joy Williams, Senior Research Fellow, IES

Session 3: A view from the first wave.

This session will provide insights from a college involved in the placement pilot work to discuss the practical issues for T levels and placements, lessons learned to date and aspects colleges are still grappling with/concerned about.

Vicki Illingworth, Principal Crawley College, Chichester College Group (TBC)

Session 4: Implications for careers provision – how do you advise people on all this?

Chance to discuss the issues raised and to consider the implications for careers practice with small break-out (virtual) rooms.

Feedback and finish

Information about how to book your place can be found here

Future planning -  Proposed events for 2020

Thursday 24th September - Network Meeting, T Levels and Vocational Pathways 

Monday 16th November, Careers Work in Organisations

Potential topics include:

Career adaptability and practitioners
Career development work within organisations
Career coaching (outplacement)
International Perspectives

All events will normally be hosted at Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, Euston, London unless otherwise stated. We are endeavouring to move events to other parts of the UK. Our co-hosted Cutting Edge events with the CDI are hosted around the country.

Previous events
In recent months we have held Seminars & Network meetings on:
  • A Bill Law Retrospective
  • Decent Work and Career Development
  • Intergenerational personal career theory
  • Creating and using digital tools to support career guidance work in Higher Education and graduate contexts.
  • Career guidance and social justice: What does it look like in practice
  • The career professional pipeline
  • Returning to work
  • Occupational skills shortages and local labour markets
  • Career guidance with refugees: Practical lessons from research
  • A longitudinal study of young women's transitions in Tower Hamlets in an age of austerity
  • Impact of Brexit on careers
  • Career guidance and career decision making in Norwegian Schools
  • Can the 21st Century workplace be a sustainable and positive experience for all? How can we create ‘Good Work’?
  • Chaos, Madness and the Specials: taking one step beyond the Rat Race
  • What do we think practitioners need to know about career guidance needs of asylum seekers, refugees and migrant populations
  • Labour market inequality - implications for career development work
  • The Success Code: Self projection for the modest
  • Vocation, Calling or Career
  • The contribution of career events to career learning 
  • Appropriate attire for careers
  • Career education
  • Youth unemployment
  • The UK labour market
  • The Future Track project
  • Redesigning work-related learning
  • The National Careers Service and the market in career guidance
  • Professional development for careers advisers and careers coordinators;
  • Career-related learning pilots in Key Stage 2;
  • Foundation Degree Forward;
  • The UKCES work on ICT in career guidance

All sessions were led or facilitated by NICEC Fellows or other acknowledged experts in career guidance.

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