What is the conference about and who is it for?  

The School Leaver Conference brings together employers and schools to help understand each other better and offer best practice in careers advice and guidance to your learners. After the success of last year, we are bringing even more people together, and senior leadership teams are also going to be there to help implement the importance of careers guidance to their learners.  

There will be a variety of employers from all over the UK and other free services schools can use. There are a variety of talks, workshops, and presentations available aimed at all of the delegates. We will cover a range of topics. 


  • How can I engage with employers?  
  • A day in the life of an apprentice - how can we bring that into the classroom and bring it alive?  
  • Internal education in schools - plugging the gaps  
  • How do the different pathways compare?  
  • The recruitment process explained for schools

Why should you attend?

  • Meet top school leaver employers including EY, PwC, Civil Service and many more!
  • Build ongoing connections for your school, face to face
  • Hear from key career development organisations including the Career Development Institute

How much does it cost?  

Tickets are kindly subsidised by our sponsors and are £49.99 for schools/colleges etc. 

We do have a limited education support fund for any school who would like to come but is unable to fund it. If you would like to access this fund, please email  



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.  


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 Hughes 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 Accountancy: 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

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 Sept, 10am - 4pm  


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

Nearest Tube:

South Kensington

EY is one of the biggest and most exciting professional services firms in the world. It exists to help clients succeed, whatever business they're in. 

As well as offering exciting, innovative school leaver programmes such as the EY Business Apprenticeship and the EY Degree Apprenticeship in Digital Innovation – every year the firm recruits 200 apprentices from all around the UK – EY offers support to young people, parents, and schools. 

The online ‘EY And You’ quiz, for example, helps school leavers figure out what area of the business would be right for them – such as assurance or tax – and their 1-week work experience programme the ‘EY Business Academy’ for Year 12 students the opportunity to find out first-hand what it’s like to work for the firm.