On the 24th and 25th May, Milkround School Leavers hosted our annual Careers Adviser Conference, in partnership with Central Careers Hub, at our offices in Southwark. The conference provides a platform in which authorities and employers can educate school leaver influencers on the alternatives to university and other opportunities available to students, and how best to offer support and career guidance.

Over 200 careers advisers attended the event, hearing from an array of speakers about the current state of the apprenticeship market. On both mornings Rumneet Johal, Marketing Executive at Milkround, presented findings from Milkround’s School Leaver Candidate Compass report, explaining how school leavers currently feel about their career confidence and offering recommendations to careers advisers on how best they can tackle these challenges head on.

Across each day we heard from three leading employers and education providers who offered insight into their apprenticeship and school leaver programmes. These included IBM, ICAEW and Laing O’Rourke. A strong focus of the conversation was around the application processes, sparking many questions from the audience. Furthermore, we brought apprentices up to the stage from each of these companies to talk in a separate Q&A panel to discuss their own personal experiences and sharing what encouraged them to decide to go down that career path.

Careers advisers were delighted to hear from Lord Storey CBE, on the first afternoon, who gave an excellent talk on the importance of careers guidance and education. On day two, the event concluded with a presentation from David Andrews, leading careers and education consultant, who highlighted a key overview of the careers landscape.

Other speakers we heard from included Jan Ellis, Chief Executive of the Career Development Institute who spoke about the state of careers. Andy Norman, a Research Analyst from the Centre for Progressive Policy also gave an insightful presentation on why the lack of information undermines the UK skills system.

Feedback from the careers advisers has been extremely popular with Jacqueline Otite, Careers Adviser thanking Milkround for the event; “Great work from Milkround at the careers conference last week. Thank you for your knowledge, hospitality and organising such a valuable event”. As well as hearing from inspirational speakers, careers advisers also had plenty of opportunities to network with the employers and enquire further into their school leaver programmes.

If you’re keen to hear more about Milkround School Leavers and how we can support with your school leaver recruitment, or how you can get involved with our future events, please get in touch:

E: schoolleavers@milkround.com

T: 0333 0145 111