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Careers guidance students from across Scotland attended the fourth annual Careers Guidance Research Symposium.

The event was a partnership between Skills Development Scotland, the University of the West of Scotland and Edinburgh Napier University and highlighted useful and new research related to careers guidance.

Around 70 delegates took part, with representation from both full-time and part-time courses from across Scotland, as well as members of the academic community.

There were keynote addresses from SDS’s Sandra Cheyne, who is part of the national Careers Information, Advice and Guidance team, and Herriott Watt University’s Professor of Enterprise Policy Mike Danson.

PhD students led workshops on Social Media and Careers Management Skills, Embedding Equality in Work-based Learning Pathways and Careers Guidance in Remote and Rural Communities.

UWS also offered a first look at a new careers game in development called YouthYes, Edinburgh Napier University shared recent research into inequalities in the labour market and SDS reviewed some of the factors that affect Modern Apprenticeship completion rates.

Mark Steell, from the SDS Evaluation, Research and LMI team, helped organise the event at Edinburgh Napier University's Sighthill Campus. He said: “This is the fourth year in a row that we have staged this event and it just gets better every year in terms of the breadth and quality of the research we have to share with the careers guidance community."

“Linking research and practice in this way offers students a more in-depth insight into a wide range of topics, which enhances their learning and will have a positive impact on their work as careers advisers.”

Mark Steell, SDS Evaluation, Research and LMI team

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