Inspiring Futures runs a selection of events for both students and careers staff based in schools and colleges.

Events for school and college staff responsible for careers

Our events for school and college staff are specifically designed to develop the knowledge and skills of careers staff so they can better guide their students' decision making.This continuous professional development helps careers staff to keep up-to-date with labour market trends, opportunities for students and general developments in careers.

Inspiring Futures offers various CPD opportunities including:

  • Annual Training Course
  • Regional networking events
  • Conferences.

Up-and-coming events

Inspiring Futures Annual Conference 2018

Date: 11 May 2018

Venue: London

The very popular Inspiring Futures Annual Conference will again be held in London on Friday 11th May 2018 – venue to be advised. Having focussed over the last three years on the future of work and the skills needed to lead a successful life, the next conference will see a change of direction with the overriding theme being on The Future of Higher Education – the changing landscape. While the employer view will remain important, the emphasis will be on how things are changing – in terms of subject choices, duration of degrees and different types of qualifications such as Degree and Higher Apprenticeships. Look out for the full programme in January 2018. Discounts for Inspiring Futures Members.

Annual Training Course

Date: Summer 2018

Venue: Wallingford with an overnight stay in a local hotel.

Designed as a comprehensive overview of careers and higher education work in schools, and ideal for school staff taking on responsibility for their school’s careers and higher education programme, these two day courses cover the following topics:

  • What lies ahead for school leavers?
  • Managing a careers department and  developing an effective careers education programme
  • The information, advice and guidance pyramid
  • Information sources to support careers and higher education research, planning and decisions
  • Use of psychometrics in career guidance
  • Guidance discussions and action planning
  • Work related learning
  • Social media and careers
  • Higher education - an overview, personal statements and references
  • Alternative pathways at 18 +

For more information please contact Jonathan Hardwick, Inspiring Futures Professional Development Manager:

Events for students

Futurewise career insight events provide an opportunity for students in Year 11 - 13 (S4 - 6) to explore a specific career sector and network with professionals who work in the industry. This helps to build their knowledge of the type of work involved and provides up to date information about the routes into the industry and supports them to make confident and informed 18 choices. 

Visit the Futurewise website for the latest calendar of events.

My interview really helped me recognise what options I have when I leave school... and has given me a boost for the future.

Student, Morpeth School

I liked the ability to discuss my options with people outside my family and circle, and being able to use their opinions as well.

Student, Strathallan School

Thank you very much indeed for the full and varied information. It's the first time I have used the careers helpline team and I must say, I'm impressed. 

DLD College, London