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New Career Development Institute appoints President, Vice President and Board

28 March 2013

Karen O’Donoghue, Chief Executive of North-West based social business The Via Partnership, will take over the reins as President and company chair following a vote of the Institute’s fast growing membership. Karen outlined her vision for members at the meeting, prioritising three key areas: building the credibility of the Career Development Institute; ensuring its long term viability and developing the career development sector. “Like any business start-up, the CDI will have prove itself to its customers who are the members of the Institute, and with them, find a strong and clear voice for the diverse career development family” she said. “The social and economic impact of career development has been overlooked by successive governments in part because of the fragmented and confusing messages we have sent out as a sector.”

The Career Development Institute has emerged from the Careers Profession Alliance (CPA), a voluntary partnership of organisations initially chaired by Ruth Spellman, former Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute. The CPA was strongly supported by the Careers Profession Task Force which outlined the case for a more unified profession and recommended the creation of a professional register; a requirement for front line professionals to hold a qualification in career development at QCF Level 6, and, critically, urged the sector to develop a coherent unified professional voice for people working in careers guidance and education in all its forms and various settings.
Ms O’Donoghue, a qualified Careers Guidance Adviser, formerly a Director of the Institute of Careers Guidance and currently Vice Chair of the trade body Careers England, reinforced the importance of career development professionals working together to improve and assure the quality and availability of career development services for all those who need them.

Speaking after the AGM she said she welcomed being part of a diverse sector, which focused on delivering support for individual young people and adults, those in work and learning and those out of work, commenting that this is what gave the sector its strength. “There is significant common ground amongst career development practitioners, whether they are part of a publicly funded service; delivering careers education in schools, working on a sole trader coaching basis or in a consultancy capacity in the private sector. The CDI’s mission is to ensure the public understand what is available, where and to what standard – which is why the National Register of Career Development Professionals now operated by the CDI is so important, alongside a clear Progression Pathway for all of us in the sector to demonstrate rigour in the career development workforce. We want to partner with the governments in the each of the four home countries of the UK to ensure UK-wide support for our members work”.

Notes to Editors

1. Dame Ruth Silver was commissioned by the then Under Secretary of State for Apprenticeships and 14-19 Reform, Iain Wright, to produce recommendations on the future of careers services. In October 2010 the Careers Profession Taskforce, chaired by Dame Ruth Silver, published ‘Towards a strong careers profession’ which set out its vision for high quality careers education, information, advice and guidance.

2. The Career Development Institute is a UK wide professional body which already has over 2,500 members, a number it aims to double in its first year.

3. The Career Development Institute will replace the following membership bodies:
• Association of Careers Education and Guidance (ACEG)
• UK Network of the Association of Careers Professional International (ACPi-UK)
• Institute of Careers Guidance (ICG)
• National Association for Educational Guidance for Adults (NAEGA)

4. For more information contact Jan Ellis –

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