I’m a chartered information professional with a PGCert in careers development (Nottingham Trent University) and nearly 20 years’ experience in the careers sector and over 25 years in libraries and information. My passion is in creating and developing training and publications around labour market information making it interesting and engaging and nothing to be afraid of!
From conference workshops and bespoke training sessions to online articles and publications, I’ve used my expertise to help careers practitioners, teachers, employment advisers, young people and their parents gain a greater understanding of the current and future labour market.
Using the latest labour market information (LMI) and intelligence and my background in information, I offer a range of CPD training and consultancy services for careers and education practitioners and am well known across the East Midlands and beyond. I’m also a trained assessor in The Quality in Careers Standard and work with Ideas4Careers to support schools achieve this prestigious award.
I specialise in writing engaging material for careers education and created and developed the What Work series of guides to the local labour market for young people and a separate series for adult job seekers now available via the National Careers Service website. I am the author of Journey into LMI: five lessons on the labour market for Key Stage 4 and a member of the Career Development Institute, CILIP and the Careers Writers Association.
As well as providing consultancy around careers and labour market information including Gatsby Benchmark 2 (careers and labour market information) and 4 (linking careers to the curriculum), I also offer support around other aspects of information services such as library and resources organisation, information search and retrieval and user literacy.
I’m an active member of the Careers Writers’ Association and a very active volunteer ambassador for National Careers Week – both of these helping to spread the word about the importance of careers learning for young people and their parents and supporting schools to promote careers.
I’m based in Nottingham and work mainly across the East and West Midlands but often travel further afield.