Keynote speech at the CDANZ conference in New Zealand
Jenny Bimrose was invited to give the keynote presentation at the Career Development Association of New Zealand (CDANZ) annual symposium, in Wellington, New Zealand on 23rd October, 2018. The conference, entitled: 'Social Justice', was held in partnership with Victoria University of Wellington and the Tertiary Education Commission.
Jenny’s presentation focused on: ‘Socially just practice: Making sense and moving forward.’ Social justice values have underpinned the profession of career development since it was established at the turn of the last century out of concern for economic and political reforms that would help disadvantaged people, including young people and immigrants, find jobs in industrialised societies. In contemporary society, the shape of many career development services has transformed recently because of the neo-liberal agendas that are framing the provision of education, social, and labour market policies.
This presentation examined some of the key challenges for career development arising from changed and changing social contexts.
- What do we mean when we talk about social justice from a career development perspective?
- What, realistically, can be achieved?
- What might be some of the implications for career and employment practice?
- And how do these shifts and changes impact on the professional identity of career development practitioners?
Invited presentation to the Tertiary Education Commission, New Zealand
Jenny Bimrose and Alan Brown were invited to make presentations to the Tertiary Education Commission of New Zealand (TEC) at their offices in Wellington on 25th October, 2018. This organisation describes itself as a nexus linking learning and work. They were interested in hearing about:
- How TEC can best serve our labour market needs through good investment in training and education
- The alignment of good information and good career decision making
- Ways of informing and educating learners and their families over a lifetime
- Balancing the employment and socio-economic investment strategies in a way that will address skills mismatches and workforce needs.
Jenny Bimrose and Alan Brown made a formal presentation to about sixty senior TEC employees, followed by two more informal workshops. The three topics on which they spoke were:
- The National Careers Strategy: integrating labour market information (LMI)
- Integrating labour market information more effectively in career practice
- The development of career adaptability in vocational education and training (VET).
Fulfilling Work in Ireland Roundtable - good work
Director of IER, Chris Warhurst, was invited to talk about European perspectives on measuring and promoting good work at the Fulfilling Work in Ireland roundtable hosted by TASC and the Carnegie UK Trust in Dublin in November.
Conservative Party Conference - Warwick IER fringe event
Gail Irvine of the Carnegie UK Trust and Paul Novak of the TUC debate good jobs at the Warwick IER fringe event at the annual Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham.
The Digital Strategy in Museums
On 5 October, Sally-Anne Barnes and Professor Ross Parry, from the University of Leicester, were invited by the French Ministry of Culture to participate in a professional day dedicated to digital strategy in museums. Sally-Anne and Ross presented the early findings of the One by One project: building the digital literacies of UK museums. The event held at the Institut National du Patrimoine, Paris, provided an opportunity for those in the museum sector to reflect on how to set up digital strategies and support digital transformation. #MuseeNumerique