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ESRC fifth seminar on careers: Stakeholder perspectives

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Sally-Anne Barnes
1 February 2012

This seminar will explore how employers, trades unions and human resource management professionals see the purpose and practice of careers support in work settings. It will be hosted by the School of Psychology (Magee Campus), University of Ulster on 29th March 2012.

Programme:

9:30-10:00

Arrival & coffee

10:00-10:15

Welcome Professor Ronnie Wilson, Head of the School of Psychology, University of Ulster

Introduction Professor Laurie Cohen, Loughborough University

10:15-11:00

Engaging parents in the transition in and through work: Celine McStravick, Director, National Children’s Bureau, Belfast

11:00-12:45

Developing the workforce: panel session with: Gordon Parkes, HR Director, Northern Ireland Electricity; Mervyn Langtry, Head of Skills Solutions Branch, Department for Employment & Learning; Sharon Doherty, Austins, Derry; and Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, Commissioner, UK Commission for Employment & Skills

12:45-1:30pm

Lunch

1:30-2:15

Developing people and organisations: a Trade Union perspective: Patricia McKeown, Regional Secretary for NI UNISON

2:15-3:00

Employee well-being, mental health and careers guidance: Pete Robertson, Napier University, Edinburgh

3:00 - 3:15

Tea/coffee and discussion

3:15- 3:30

Reflections on the day, Dr Rob Millar, School of Psychology, University of Ulster

3:30-4:00

Final Discussion & closure. 

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Brief Biographies of speakers:

Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE

Dr Deirdre Hughes is a Commissioner at the UK Commission for Employment & Skills. She is also an Associate Research Fellow at the Institute for Employment Research, Warwick University and Associate at the Centre for Educational Sociology, Edinburgh University. As President and Fellow of the Institute of Career Guidance she co-founded the UK Careers Profession Alliance bringing five professional bodies together to speak with one voice to government(s). She is currently working as Lead Consultant with fourteen EU countries on ‘Quality Assurance and Evidence’ within the European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network. Deirdre is also an active member of the International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy on ‘Prove It Works’. She has published articles in academic and professional journals on developing the workforce both within and outside of the careers sector.

Mervyn Langtry

As Head of Skills Delivery in the Department for Employment and Learning, Mervyn has a key role in contributing to government policy on skills issues in Northern Ireland. He has been a public servant for over 30 years and moved to the Department for Employment and Learning in 1999 where he first headed up the Department's Central Policy, Equality, Press and Marketing functions. He then became Head of the Department's Corporate Information Systems unit, followed by Head of Personnel, and then appointed to lead the newly-established Strategy, Equality and European Policy Branch. He became Head of Management Development in February 2010 which included responsibility for Northern Ireland's Investors in People Centre and then Head of Skills Delivery in September 2011. Mervyn has been responsible for the ‘Made Not Born’ programme, which forms part of the overall skills strategy developed by the Department.

Sharon Doherty

Sharon has been employed within the Retail industry in Derry Londonderry for the past twenty five years. She began her employment with Austin & Co, the oldest Department Store in the world, in the summer of 1987 and what started out as a summer job, a stop gap in her student journey has become her life to date. She began in the Personnel Department and established Austin’s Training Services in 1990. This organisation became a Managing Agent on behalf of the Department for Employment & Learning, as it is known now, delivering training to young people in the Retail and Hospitality industries. In 1997 after just 10 years with Austin & Co, she was appointed as a Director of the company, the first non-family member to be appointed as a Director, not bad for a ‘summer girl’. Sharon’s role within the company changed dramatically over the years and now includes the management of a very successful training company employing 10 trainers and working with huge numbers of young people in vocational areas including catering & hospitality, retail, beauty therapy and business administration. After a short time running her own business Sharon re-joined Austin’s in 2008.

Celine McStravick

Celine McStravick is the Director of NCB Northern Ireland. Celine has been leading NCB's work and development in Northern Ireland since 2008.  She has successfully established a new multi-use office for NCB, opening up access to NCB local partners and young people. Celine also chairs the network for grantees funded by Atlantic Philanthropies, a member of the child development project board of the Public Health and also a member of the North South ministerial subcommittee for child protection research and knowledge transfer. Celine previously taught for the Masters programme in Organisational Development at Queens University Belfast and for the Certificate in Management Studies. She has also delivered training to the community sector during her time with local government and as Regional Director with Common Purpose- a cross sector leadership development programme.

Gordon Parkes

Gordon Parkes is currently HR Director of Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) the electricity networks company owned by ESB. He has held this position for 11 years and previously was Group HR Director of Adria Limited, Head of HR with Norbrook Laboratories, and HR Director of Tyrone Crystal Limited. He has also spent 5 years as a Management Consultant. Currently he is also a member of the CBI Employment and Skills Committee and is a Board Member of the Labour Relations Agency. He is also a member of the Careers Strategy Group which is responsible for improving the links between government, education providers, students and employers.

Patricia McKeown

Patricia McKeown is the Regional Secretary for Northern Ireland of the trade union UNISON.

Pete Robinson

Pete Robinson is the programme leader for the Postgraduate Diploma in Career Guidance & Development at Napier University. He is a guidance practitioner and work psychologist who specialises in career guidance Pete is currently undertaking doctoral studies evaluating the impact of guidance interventions on unemployed adults with mental health conditions. Pete is a Chartered Psychologist, a member of the British Psychological Society and the Institute of Career Guidance. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Rob Millar

Dr Rob Millar is a lecturer in guidance and counselling and the PGDip/MSC Careers Guidance course director at the School of Psychology, University of Ulster. He is a qualified careers practitioner, a Chartered Psychologist and Registered Occupational Psychologist. He is a member of the British Psychological Society, the International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance and a Fellow of the Institute of Career Guidance. His research interests include: exploration of careers guidance interviews, career information-seeking behaviours, adolescent worries and career locus of control. He has research collaborations with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and St Petersburg College, Tampa Florida.

Sally-Anne Barnes
08:56 on 10 April 2012

  • Introduction by Laurie Cohen, Loughborough University and Welcome by Professor Ronnie Wilson, Head of the School of Psychology, University of Ulster
  • Engaging parents in the transition in and through work, Celine McStravick, Director National Children’s Bureau, Belfast
  • Developing the workforce: panel session
    • Gordon Parkes, HR Director, NIE
    • Mervyn Langtry, Head of Skills Solutions Branch, Department for Employment & Learning
    • Sharon Doherty, Austins, Derry
    • Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, Commissioner, UK Commission for Employment & Skills
  • Developing people and organisations: a Trade Union perspective, Patricia McKeown, Regional Secretary for NI UNISON
  • Employee well-being, mental health and careers guidance, Pete Robertson, Napier University, Edinburgh
  • Reflections on the day, Dr Rob Millar, School of Psychology, University of Ulster

Sally-Anne Barnes
08:57 on 10 April 2012 (Edited 10:41 on 16 April 2012)

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