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Events & Networking

Essential networking and CPD opportunities for CEIAG professionals at schools, colleges and training providers. 

We are committed to helping those with career responsibilities keep up to date with the careers landscape. We are actively involved in several key networking and educational opportunities, available free of charge to those in the education sector.

Careers Live – The leading careers conference in the North of England

This bi-annual free to attend event brings together careers professionals, policy makers, employers, schools and colleges to discuss the very latest information and insight about careers advice today.   The day is full of workshops and debates as well as insight from keynote speakers.

This year Careers Live discussed the current context for career guidance and what it really means for schools, colleges and career guidance professionals. Careers Live explored what the government are looking for and what support is likely to be put in place. Our panel of experts spoke to you about the impact of the pandemic on young people, how careers guidance can support them to focus on the opportunities and what you, as careers leaders, can expect from the careers policy over the next few year.

We’re delighted to have welcomed:

Careers Live IAG Network @ Bradford

This is an opportunity for those with career responsibilities in schools, college and training providers to join the Bradford network and come together to discuss all things CEIAG and share best practice. The agenda and themes will be set by the network and include; practical themed workshops and regular updates on the CEIAG agenda.

Details of upcoming events will be posted here.To join the network, email karen.morgan@theopportunitycentre.com

Free events for your students to highlight the opportunities available both in the UK and beyond. 

We run a range of initiatives aimed at showcasing what opportunities are available locally in key industry sectors and what global work and study options are available to young people. We aim to bring these to life for your students so they can get a first hand insight from employers about what’s possible for their future careers.

Stand Out In A Global Market is a free one-day event open to all young people aged 16-18 and introduces attendees to the range of international opportunities open to them. Talks and workshops take place alongside an exhibition, with topics to be covered ranging from how to make the most of international experience at home and abroad, to gap year options and applying to universities abroad. Check back here for details of the next event.

Bradford Manufacturing Weeks 2020 ran between 5th and 16th October with the aim of introducing the district’s manufacturers to young people.

Due to the impact of Covid-19, we knew Bradford Manufacturing Weeks 2020 could not run as initially planned. But there is always a way…….

With virtual becoming the new ‘normal’, we spoke with schools/ colleges and manufacturers and suggested a virtual BMW event.  Knowing how much students gained from previous BMW events everyone was ready to take on the challenge. For the third year running the BMW team introduced the district’s manufacturers to young people to create more inspired, informed and ‘work ready’ applicants into the sector. A timetable of activity was created aligned with a standard school timetable with activities including site tours, manufacturer talks, Barclays Lifeskills and live panels events. The recordings of the activities are available to view on the resources section of the website.

  • During Bradford Manufacturing Weeks 2020 over 4550 students had a manufacturing experience!
  • The feedback we received from BMW20 was hugely positive with:
  • 100% of schools and colleges involved felt their students benefited from taking part in BMW.
  • 100% of schools found the communication from Aspire-igen good to excellent.
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