The annual Livery Education Conference was once again held at Staple Inn on 20th June. This year the topic was Helping Teenagers Prepare for the Workplace. Senior representatives from 50 secondary schools in the London area and nearly 50 livery companies attended.
Speakers included Charles Bowman (the Lord Mayor), Jan Ellis (CEO of the Careers Development Institute) and Clive Thompson CBE (Worshipful Company of Horners). However, good though the speakers were, much of the value for attendees came (as usual) from their interaction with other attendees during break-out sessions. This was especially true of school representatives, not all of whom appreciate that Livery companies can be a useful source of people for giving careers advice and help in other ways.
These annual conferences are run under the auspices of Livery-Schools Link (LSL) and are designed to further the links between schools and livery companies. From outset, representatives of the Educators and the Actuaries livery companies have been very instrumental in the planning and organisation. The first such conference was in 2014 with the then Master Actuary, Charles Cowling, very much involved. Martin Miles got involved the next year when he was Master Actuary and he has been on the organising committee each year since.
Feedback from attendees has been overwhelmingly positive. There will surely be another conference next year. Staple Inn is an ideal venue for a conference with around 100 delegates, but it is possible that a new venue will need to be found if numbers are likely to increase much further