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What is the conference about?  

The School Leaver Conference brings together employers and schools in order to better understand the early careers market. You can learn directly from schools the best ways to interact with them, find out how to effectively promote programmes to school leavers and their influencers, and get a first look at the latest research from  

In its second year, it is building on the success of last year with even more speakers, covering a range of topics. Please watch the video below to get an understanding of what to expect.


  • How the levy going to impact employers for attraction and also for learning and development 
  • What will the apprenticeship landscape look like in 5 years? 
  • Internal education within companies
  • How do young people perceive apprenticeships?
  • What does or should the school leaver recruitment cycle look like?
  • Reaching influencers, how, why and where?


Virginia Isaac

President, Career Development Institue

Virginia is the President of the Career Development Institute (CDI), Chair of the Careers Management Quality Alliance and a Board Member of Careers England. She sits on the Fair Education Alliance Careers Task Group and is Chair of the Independent Governance and Quality Board for Assessment Services.  

Virginia is also Chief Executive of Inspiring Futures. Since her appointment in 2013 she has done much to promote the importance and value of quality careers education, advice and guidance and how this can help prepare people for life and work after they leave school. 


Jack Denton

Co-founder & Director, AllAboutSchoolLeavers

Steve Keith

Marketing and Communications Lead for Apprenticeships, EY

Emma O'Dell

Head of Financial Services Apprenticeships & Strategic Partnerships, BPP Professional Education 


Session: Making better choices

Session: Education - How do the different pathways compare

Session: How to engage, educate and obtain internal buy-in for apprenticeships  

Harriet Jones Student Attraction Advisor  

Bethany Hodges Ofqual 

Emma O'Dell Head of Financial Services Apprenticeships & Strategic Partnerships 

Session: What will the apprenticeship landscape look like in 5 years time?

Session: Research on Graduates vs. School leavers

Session: How can we help young people understand themselves better?

Euan Blair White Hat 

Sam Gordon Association of Graduate Recruiters 

Andy Garder Central Careers Hub

Session: Generation Z

Session: Roots into Acountancy: School Leaver Options


Session: A day in the life of an apprentice - bringing it to life 

Alex Parkes AIA 

Jackie Grisdale ICAEW 

Ben Kahn Spiral 

Session: What does the school leaver recruitment cycle look like? 

Session: Big data to inform messaging to schools 

Session: How do I engage with local and national employers

Justin Fay BP

Richard Gordon SMRS 

Sharon Walpole

Session: Reaching other influencers - parents, careers advisers, classroom teachers 

Mitesh Bhimjiyani Success at School 


9:15: Arrival, registration and breakfast 10:00: Research Presentation by 10:45: Expert panel discussion 11.30: Coffee and pastries 11:45: Workshops 12:30: Lunch 13:15: TED-style talks 14:00: Coffee break 14:10: Workshops 15:00: Keynote speech 15:30: End of conference 15:45: Post-conference networkin  


Planning the conference takes many hours, a huge amount of thought and effort. We are extemely grateful to our conference planning committe for their time, dedication and insights in order that this years conference is the best it can be.  

The planning committee are all volunteers who have a passion for helping young people and we are very grateful to our committee, in no particular order;

Steve Keith, EY Rachel Lawrence, PwC Oliver Sidwell, RateMyApprenticeship Jess Booker, Star Potential Karen Kimura, Girls' Day School Trust Amanda Murphy, Jaguar Land Rover Emma ODell, BPP Rosie Copple, BPP

AllAboutSchoolLeavers & YouGov Research 2016

Produced by in partnership for the first time with YouGov, this research report offers valuable insight into the career related aspirations, habits and opinions of over 11,100 school and college students across the UK.

This new partnership with YouGov lends extra weight to our research. An international market research firm with a pool of over 800,000 survey respondents, and a member of the British Polling Council, the organisation has experience producing accurate opinion polls around general elections, mayoral races, and national referendums.

Over the last three years AllAboutSchoolLeavers has gained the insight of over 48,000 people, all of whom have an interest in the school and college leaver careers market: over 22,600 students, 2,400 parents and guardians, and 1,525 teachers and careers advisors. 

The 2017 research will be released at the conference.


Date and Time:

Friday, 29th September, 10am - 4pm  


Imperial College London Sir Alexander Fleming Building Prince Consort Road London SW7 2BB

Nearest Tube:

South Kensington

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