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Careers Hub Calendar 2023-24



Here in the West Midlands Combined Authority, we are gearing up for a packed year of events and activities to support you to plan and deliver your careers programme in 2023-24.


In addition to events/resources for students & parents you will find that your local Careers Hub will provide CPD opportunities for Careers Professionals and Teaching Staff – whether you need to update your knowledge of the local labour market,

Apprenticeships and Technical Pathways or get some individual support with examples of how to provide meaningful encounters and experiences. Last year saw the introduction of new Provider Access Legislation and again this year our local Careers Hub teams will be here to support you through that.


Any day is a good day to hold a career event, but busy educators can make use of our calendar to frame the opportunities for careers activities and inspire young people as they transition into the next phase of their education or career.


Whilst you are planning for the next academic year you can use our calendar to plot out key dates to harness young people’s excitement for real world events. With several key dates such as National Apprenticeship Week and lesser-known key dates such as World Space Week, use our calendar to plan your programme making the most of the opportunities universally on offer. Use the calendar to plan your careers year and your local team will support you to find resources to help you plan your delivery.


The local teams look forward to seeing you all at the Careers Hub Meetings where you can meet likeminded colleagues and share good practise examples and resources. Your Coordinator will be on hand to work with you and your Enterprise Adviser to navigate through the Compass Audit toolkit and identify where you would like to do more. Compass+ continues to be developed and there will be some great additions and changes coming your way, we are hoping that every school will start to make use of the Future Skills Questionnaire, create targeted groups who need additional or different interventions and use Compass+ to track each to ensure each and every young person receives the encounters and experiences that will help shape their development.


Have a great year from all of us here at the West Midlands Combined Authority and your local Careers hub – Birmingham - Black Country – Coventry – Solihull


Careers Hub ( Find my Future (






The Jobs Live channel is now Careers Live and you can access all previous broadcasts and future broadcasts by clicking HERE



The Careers & Enterprise Company

CEC provide free resources and tools to support Careers Leaders in all aspects of their role. Their Careers Leader training is CEC’s most important and impactful offer for ALL Careers Leaders regardless of their experience.



View details of the Careers Leader Training HERE


Tools & Resources

Provider Access Legislation


Not Upgraded to Compass+ Yet?

If you are a school looking to upgrade from Compass Classic to Compass+, you can do this entirely remotely – start the process by logging into your Compass Classic account today.


The Ask Programme

The Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for schools and colleges programme (ASK) will be back for the new academic year to support schools, students and their families to find out

about Apprenticeships, Traineeships and T Levels.


Swap Don’t Drop


The WMCA’s ‘Swap Don’t Drop’ campaign will be aimed at targeting young people who may be confused, uncertain and at risk of dropping out of education.


However, some of the issues around students dropping out, may be related to the institution being the wrong choice and would be a deal breaker in the student staying where they are (i.e., didn’t like teaching staff, too far to travel, didn’t form friendship groups).


We will focus on delivering a content-led, advice campaign, where we will encourage students to consider all alternative options rather than dropping out, including switching institution and type of study.


On advice from Colleges West Midlands we will be running the campaign in two 3 week periods this year:


  • November 6th for 3 weeks

  • January 8th for 3 weeks


Watch out for our campaign details coming soon on our website: West Midlands Careers Hub



Have a go - Booking form


School Engagement in Association with the Careers and Enterprise Company at the Ladder Skills Academy Birmingham



Have a Go

School Year


September 20th

Parents Evening


4 - 7pm

October 5th

Student 'Have a Go'

11, 12 & 13

9.45 am - 2.15 pm

October 13th

Students at risk of NEET


9.30 am - 1 pm

October 20th

Careers Leaders


9.30 am - 12 noon

November 9th

Green Careers Week 'Have a Go's

11, 12 & 13

9.45 - 2.15pm

November 23rd

Student 'Have a Go'

11 & 13

9.45 - 2.15pm

February 6th

National Apprenticeship Week Student 'Have a Go'

11 & 13

9. 45 am - 2.15 pm

February 7th

National Apprenticeship Week Student 'Have a Go'

11 & 13

9. 45 am - 2.15 pm

March 6th

National Careers Week Student 'Have a Go's'

11 & 13

9. 45 am - 2.15 pm

March 7th

National Careers Week Student 'Have a Go'

11 & 13

9. 45 am - 2.15 pm

June 24th

Student 'Have a Go'

10 & 12

9. 45 am - 2.15 pm

July 3rd

Student 'Have a Go's'

10 & 12

9. 45 am - 2.15 pm




CEC Careers Leader

Training Provider Cohort Course details across all training providers for 2023-24


CEC Careers Leader Training Provider Cohort Course Details



RGG Associates


Certificate in Career Leadership (CEC funded) - RGG Associates


Careers Connect


Services Archive - Career Connect


Teach First


Careers Leader | Teach First


University of Huddersfield


Careers Leadership - University of Huddersfield


Causeway Education & University of Wolverhampton

School/College Improvement through Careers Leadership  Causeway Education




cdi-cec-career-leader-training-final-2023.pdf (


Nottingham Trent University

Careers Leadership Postgraduate Certificate in Postgraduate taught; Professional Course | Nottingham Trent University


Warwick University


PGA Careers Leadership - online (


The Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) Compass+ Autumn Term Webinar schedule is live


Please see below links to the webinars for the first half of the term, the full schedule can be viewed in Help Centre here -


CEC webinars are primarily for SLT/Careers Leaders and other staff members involved in Careers but also offer valuable CPD for Network colleagues, Governors and EA’s. The webinars provide an opportunity to join interactive sessions to explore all of the features of Compass+, with practical takeaways. All of the

sessions are recorded, if an attendee registers and is unable to join the session they will receive a copy of the recording afterwards.





Careers Events Calendar 2023/2024


Year-round Projects


Energy Quest STEM Challenge

Energy Quest is a curriculum-linked programme for schools which encourages young people to find out all about sustainable energy and learn about associated engineering careers. our-programmes/energy-quest/


Greenpower Electric Car Challenge

Greenpower inspire young people around the world to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths through a unique challenge: to design, build and race an electric car.


Step into the NHS Competition

Students to choose an NHS career that interests them and create a job description and an advert. Students can work on their own or in teams of up to four. schools


Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge

Student teams learn how to build, program and control autonomous LEGO robots to complete a series of short, exciting missions using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 sets. Activities can be run with your team outside the classroom or during lessons.




September 2023

All month and 21st

World Alzheimer’s Month

The aim of the month is to raise awareness and challenge stigma surrounding Alzheimer’s and dementia. The event has been running since 2012, and September 21st is World Alzheimer’s Day. world-alzheimers-month/

All month

Organic September

Organic September is a month-long campaign which aims to raise awareness of Organic products, and the brands, producers and farmers who bring them to us in the UK.

All month

Festival of Learning – Have a go month

Festival of Learning is the biggest celebration of lifelong learning in England. Our aim is to celebrate the benefits of lifelong learning and inspire more people to have a go at learning for themselves.

All month

Stand up for food month

Guardians of Grub Stand Up for Food month, when businesses from across the hospitality and food service sector will be measuring their food waste and making changes to lower the amount of perfectly food wasted. guardians-of-grub-stand-up-for-food/

All month

World Fun Fair month

World Fun Fair Month is a month of celebrating the past, raising awareness for the present and protecting the future of all Traveling Fairgrounds and funfairs internationally please support your local Fun fairs!


World PT (Physiotherapy) Day

The toolkit for World PT Day includes information sheets, posters, banners, and activities guide.

16th – 22nd

Recycle Week

The Big Recycling Hunt - focuses on “missed capture”: the items that can be recycled but are commonly missed in the home. This year Recycle Week is celebrating its 20th anniversary and will be inspiring children, families and whole communities to get involved. campaigns/recycle-week#Recycle- Week-2023


National Coding Week


Upskilling staff and parents

Opportunity to raise the profile of coding. Children are learning digital skills in school or through coding clubs such as CoderDojo. We therefore would like these clubs to open their doors to parents for a one-off session in which the children will teach the adults some of the skills they have learnt


Youth Mental Health Day

Youth Mental Health Day encourages understanding and discussion of mental health in young people, enabling them to live happy and healthy lives all year round. youthmentalhealthday/



World Car Free Day

All around the world towns and cities allow people to experience streets free of motor traffic. about-us/our-work-in-action/world- car-free-day


World Tourism Day

World Tourism Day will be celebrated as the shift towards tourism is being recognized as a crucial pillar for development and as progress is well underway. May 2022 marked the first time the United Nations General Assembly held a special debate on tourism, illustrating the historic relevance of the sector. Tourism is now on the agenda of governments and of international organizations in every global region. tourism-day


International Translation Day

International Translation Day is meant as an opportunity to pay tribute to the work of language professionals, which plays an important role in bringing nations together, facilitating dialogue, understanding and cooperation, contributing to development and strengthening world peace and security.


- September 30, 2023 - National Today


October 2023

All month

Black History Month

This year, Black History Month will be dedicated to honouring the achievements of black women who are often the forgotten heroines. We want to amplify their voices and challenge the systems that oppress them.


Each pack should be used as a set of source materials which individual organisations can customize, to reflect their precise needs and preferred house style. uk/ black-history-month-school-resource- pack-2023/

All month

International Walk to School Month

Get your walking shoes on! get-involved/campaign-with-us/ international-walk-to-school-month


The National Apprenticeship and Education Event – The Midlands

The National Apprenticeship and Education Event has been designed to inspire the next generation of young people no matter what background with apprenticeship, traineeship, T-levels and retraining opportunities.

the-national-apprenticeship- education-event-central-tickets- 602130116387?aff=erelexpmlt

3rd – 5th

UK Construction Week Birmingham

UK Construction Week (UKCW), is a multi-award-winning trade show that will return to Birmingham’s NEC, delivering the UK’s largest event for the built environment on 3-5 October 2023. construction-week/

3rd to 9th

Rail Week

A dedicated week of activity which aims to address the skills shortage in rail-related roles and inspire a generation of young people through a series of events, visits and talks.

4th – 10th

World Space Week

World Space Week 2023 celebrates “Space and Entrepreneurship”.


Join thousands of participants in over 90 countries celebrating World Space Week



World Mental Health Day

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year.


The theme of 2023's World Mental Health Day, set by the World Federation for Mental Health, is 'Mental health is a universal human right'.


#WorldMentalHealthDay campaigns/world-mental-health-day


Ada Lovelace Day

Ada Lovelace Day (ALD) is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Why not invite one into a science lesson to inspire young people into STEM subjects



World Sight Day

World Sight Day is on Thursday 12 October 2023 and we are focusing the world’s attention on the importance of eye care. We invite you to join us by prioritising your eye health and considering how eye care and rehabilitations services should be accessible, inclusive, and affordable to everyone, everywhere. sight-day/


World Food Day

Water is life, water is food. Leave NO ONE behind


Water is essential to life on Earth. It covers the majority of the Earth's surface, makes up over 50% of our bodies, produces our food, and supports livelihoods.


But this precious resource is not infinite and we need to stop taking it for granted. What we eat, and how that food is produced all affect water.


Together, we can take water action for food and be the change. home/en/


National Mentoring Day

Opportunity to raise the profile of mentoring for young people and to encourage more people to sign up to be mentors.


RSPB Feed the birds day

Wild birds are important to many people in society and have an impact on our ecosystem. During this weekend The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (R.S.P.B.) advises people to put out food and water for birds regularly. These can be kept in safe environments where the birds can land, rest and replenish themselves. Birds can be in danger of malnutrition during colder months. The weather naturally limits the amount of food the birds get access to in the wild.


29, 2023 - National Today


November 2023

6th – 10th

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week returns on 6 to 10 November 2023, aiming to shine a spotlight on engineering, engineering careers and engineering professionals. From individual engineers to professional engineering institutions and global engineering companies, it’s an opportunity to

showcase modern engineering and inspirational engineers and technicians. uk/tomorrow-s-engineers-week/

7th – 8th

National School of College Leavers Festival

NSCL Fest showcases all opportunities including Apprenticeships, Further and Higher Education, entry level roles, and general employment, offering visitors the chance to engage with England’s top Employers, Colleges, Universities and Training Providers in a face-to-face, interactive environment.


The National School + College Leaver Festival is the perfect opportunity for School and College leavers, as well as young adults, parents and carers, to discover more about post-School and post-College opportunities across England, from Liverpool to Manchester, all the way down to Bristol and London, and everywhere in between! national-school-college-leaver-festival/


BIMA Digital Day

The only initiative of its kind, BIMA Digital Day gives 11-16 year olds an insight into a world of digital careers. Students compete in a sponsored, nationwide digital challenge for a chance to win £500 cash for their school and some fantastic prizes for themselves.


Linking industry professionals with schools and Colleges to raise awareness of the opportunities for young people in the digital sector. bima-digital-day/


International Day of Radiology

As every year, the International Day of Radiology (IDoR2020) will once again be celebrated on November 8 with the aim of building greater awareness

of the value that radiology contributes to safe patient care and improving

public understanding of the vital role radiologists and radiographers play in the healthcare continuum


Remembrance Sunday

We remember the Armed Forces, and their families, from Britain and the Commonwealth, the vital role played by the emergency services and those that have lost their lives as a result of conflict or terrorism. remembrance/remem-brance-events/ remembrance-sunday


13th – 17th

Discover! Creative Careers Week

The week will give young people across England, industry-led encounters that will open their eyes to the wide range of jobs and pathways that underpin the thriving creative sectors. Schools/colleges can take part in the online programme delivered by Speakers for Schools, register interest in a workplace visit or host a talk or workshop. Registration is open to all schools/colleges in England.

Discover! Creative Careers Week


World Philosophy Day

By celebrating World Philosophy Day each year, on the third Thursday of November, UNESCO underlines the enduring value of philosophy for the development of human thought, for each culture and for everyone.


November 16, 2023 - National Today

December 2023


Small business Saturday

Celebrate entrepreneurial spirit by inviting some local small businesses to talk about their career journeys, how they built their own businesses and see them inspire your young people.

Small Business Saturday UK | Another year making a Big Difference!


International Day of Persons with disabilities

The annual observance of the day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with a disability. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with a disability in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

International Day of People with Disabilities | Events (


World Soil Day

World Soil Day (WSD) is held annually on 5 December to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and to advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources

World Soil Day | United Nations


International Civil Aviation Day

The purpose of International Civil Aviation Day is to help generate and reinforce worldwide awareness of the importance of international civil aviation to social and economic development. The theme until 2023 is “advancing Innovation for global aviation development” SecretaryGeneral/AviationDay/Pages/ default.aspx

January 2024


RSPB Big birdwatch

Big Garden Birdwatch is a wildlife survey organized to motivate everyone to take steps for the protection of these species and their habitat by counting and keeping track of birds in your garden.


26, 2024 - National Today


February 2024

All month

LGBT+ History month

BT History Month is an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. It was founded in 1994 by Missouri high school history teacher Rodney Wilson.

4th – 17th

Fairtrade fortnight

Celebrate the people who grow our food and drink fortnight/

5th – 11th

National Apprenticeship Week

An annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships across England and is a time to recognise and applaud apprenticeship success stories across the country.

NAW2024 - Amazing Apprenticeships


International Day of Women and Girls in Science

International awareness to recognise the critical role women and girls play in science and technology. Each year there is a different theme. women-and-girls-in-science-day


World NGO day

World NGO Day is an international day dedicated to recognise, celebrate and honour all non-government and non-profit organisations and the people behind them that contribute to the society all year round.

World NGO Day - February 27

March 2024

3rd - 4th

What University? & What Career? Live Virtual Event

The essential event for school and college leavers is going virtual. Speak to top universities and companies in real-time, get expert advice and benefit from one-to-one support to help you kick-start your future. what-university-what-career-live- birmingham-2023


World Engineering Day

International Day of Celebration of engineers and engineering

World Engineering Day - Engineering the Future - JCA Engineering


World Book Day

Designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, World Book Day is marked in over 100 countries around the globe.


Pi Day

Pi Day is an annual opportunity for math enthusiasts to recite the infinite digits of Pi, talk to their friends about math and eat pie.


4th – 9th

National Careers Week

Empowering positive change through Careers Education


A celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK. The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education.

8th – 17th

British Science Week

Events, school projects, challenges. Grants, support and resources available.


Connections’ is an apt theme for British Science Week 2023.

18th – 23rd

Open Doors: Get into Construction

Open Doors goes behind the site hoardings to showcase the fantastic range of careers available in construction.


Food Waster action week

WRAP & Love Food Hate Waste dedicate a week of action to raising awareness of the environmental consequences of wasting food and promoting activities that help reduce the amount of food wasted.

Food Waste Action Week | WRAP


International Women’s Day

Celebrating women’s achievements and reinforce a commitment to women’s equality. Invite an inspiring female employee to speak to your female students about their career. events


English Tourism week

Opportunity to promote jobs within the tourism sector and invite in local tourism employers/employees. week


International Day of Forests

International Day of Forests aims to help the restoration and sustainable management of forests and to help address climate-change and biodiversity crises. It also produces goods and services for sustainable development, fostering an economic activity that creates jobs and improves lives.


March 21, 2024 - National Today


World water day

Water means different things to different people. This conversation is about what water means to you.


World Theatre Day

This is a celebration for those who can see the value and importance of the art form “theatre”.


April 2024

All month

National Pet Month

National Pet Month (NPM) celebrates and raises awareness of responsible pet ownership through our educational campaigns and resources across various platforms.


International Day of Sport

The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace presents an opportunity to recognize the role that sport and physical activity plays in communities and in people’s lives across the world. sport-day


World Health Day

Over the past 50 years this has brought to light important health issues such as mental health, maternal and childcare and climate change. The celebration serves as an opportunity to focus worldwide attention on these important aspects of global health. event/worldhealthday.html


World Art Day

World Art Day is an occasion to shine a light on arts education in schools, as culture can pave the way for inclusive and equitable education.

WORLD ART DAY - April 15, 2024 -

National Today


Stephen Lawrence Day

Invite a relatable role model to come into mentor and judge you’re your people’s next social action project to benefit and improve your local community.

Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation: A Legacy For Change


Earth Day

The theme for 2024 is Planet vs.Plastics. EARTHDAY.ORG is unwavering in our commitment to end plastics for the sake of human and planetary health, demanding a 60% reduction of ALL plastics by 2040.


FS4 Careers Jam

NO DETAILS FOR 2024 virtual-careers-jam/


International Design Day

On this day, we challenge designers to reflect deeply on the well-being of people within their local environments and to find innovative solutions to local needs by using design as a vehicle to honour diversity and transcend borders international-design-day


May 2024


International Firefighters Day

International Firefighters Day (IFFD) is a time where the world’s community can recognise and honour the sacrifices that firefighters make to ensure that their communities and environment are as safe as possible.


International Day of the Midwife

Advocating for investment in quality midwifery care around the world, improving sexual, reproductive, maternal, new-born, child and adolescent health in the process. of-the-midwife-2023/


International Nurses Day

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12th, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. campaign-with-us/nurses-day


Mental Health Awareness Week

Bringing an awareness of mental health for everyone.

Mental health awareness week - UK Health Public Health Network (

13th May – 13th June

National Smile Month

The Oral Health Foundation will be raising awareness of important health issues and ready to put a smile on everybody’s face. month


International Day for Biological Diversity

Biodiversity remains the answer to several sustainable development challenges. From nature-based solutions to climate, health issues, food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity is the foundation upon which we can build back better.


National BBQ Week

Invite volunteers to speak about their careers in food technology, food production and how this links with the curriculum they are studying.

Home - 27th National BBQ Week


June 2024

1st – 7th

Volunteers Week

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering. volunteers-week/what-is-volunteers- week/

All month

Pride Month

Across the globe, various events are held during this special month as a way of recognising the influence LGBT people have had around the world. Why was June chosen? Because it is when the Stonewall Riots took place, way back in 1969.


World Environment Day

World Environment Day calls for urgent action to revive our damaged ecosystems. environment-day


Clean Air Day

Clean Air Day is the UK’s largest air pollution campaign, bringing together communities, businesses, schools and the health sector. campaigns/clean-air-day


Public Services Day

So often people do amazing things without any thought or recognition, or any kind of reward. They are the ones who make all kinds of sacrifices to help make a difference; the ones who do the extraordinary, every day. And while they’re busy putting others first, they’d be the last ones to call themselves heroes. On United Nations Public Service Day, we’re proud to do it for them. We applaud them, for everything they do for us. service-day

24th – 28th

Maths Week London

London brings children, teachers and families together every year, to celebrate maths across the capital.


July 2024


International Tiger Day

Affected by: Illegal wildlife trade, human wildlife conflict, habitat loss and fragmentation, climate change.


The beautiful, awe-inspiring tiger is one of our planet’s most iconic animals. But here’s the shocking truth. Wild tiger numbers dropped by more than 95% since the beginning of the 20th century. schools/calendar/international-ti-ger- day




Careers Hub

Calendar 2023-24


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