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: 21st and 22nd August 2018

Venue: The Fountain Building, Howbery Park, Wallingford, OX10 8BA and 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, this two day course covers 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
  • • Higher education in the UK – navigating UCAS, personal statements and references
  • • Higher education outside the UK
  • Alternative pathways at 18+
  • Preparing for interviews and assessment centres

For more information or to book a place, please contact Jonathan Hardwick, Inspiring Futures Professional Development Manager:

Price: Residential: £433.33 + VAT Non-residential: £316.67 + VAT

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.

The depth and breadth of knowledge that the Inspiring Futures Team possesses is second to none.

Jumeirah College, Dubai

As a result of the Futurewise programme, my daughter feels immeasurably happier and is really enthused, not only about how to spend her gap year, but also about what to do afterwards. I feel the support my daughter has been given was not only professional but totally individual.

Angela Young, Parent

Without a doubt, the best thing about Inspiring Futures membership is the support I receive from my Regional Director.

Notting Hill and Ealing High School