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Student Development Conference 2018: call for content


The ISE Development Conference is a unique event, which brings together over 200 early talent development professionals responsible for entry-level talent programmes. Taking place on 28 March at County Hall in London, the event incorporates a development-focused exhibition of suppliers running alongside the programme which features keynote speakers, plenary sessions, breakout sessions and workshops.


ISE members are given the opportunity to put forward session proposals for the breakout sessions and workshops. We are now seeking session proposals on the following themes:


Employers and HE partnering on future skills development  

  • How can employers shape their future grads early on by working with universities on curriculum design and employability skills training?
  • Should we be redesigning degrees to link to the skills the economy needs?


Personalised development vs a group development approach

  • Should we be empowering individual graduates to create their own development pathway?
  • How can we align that with the business priorities?


Small scheme vs large scheme: challenges and opportunities

  • How can a smaller scheme compete with the big blue chips? What do students value? Is big always beautiful?
  • What are the key considerations to ensure the outcomes are positive for the individual and the organisation?


Leadership schemes vs generic schemes: challenges and opportunities

  • How would these schemes differ?


Apprentices vs graduates: challenges and opportunities

  • What works: one size fits all vs two very distinct schemes? Are we looking for the same outcomes?
  • Impact of the Levy – is it the death of graduate scheme?


Transitioning into the world of work: challenges and solutions

  • After 14 years in education, how do we prepare students to behave and think differently?
  • With education so formulaic and results driven, how does this impact on employers who want creative minds?


Skills development 

  • Is it time to stop separating technical and business/soft skills?
  • How do successful schemes embed these together?
  • In uncertain times resilience in the workplace is a key skill, how do we help apprentices and graduates to develop this?
  • What value do external placements bring to the development programme?
  • Emotional intelligence – how to evolve this throughout the programme?
  • Future proofing development: what different skills do we need to include in future programmes
  • What is the role of technology/digital/VR in student development?
Post scheme issues: challenges and solutions
  • What are realistic post scheme expectations for the employer?
  • How to improve post scheme retention?
  • What are the development paths for those who make it beyond the scheme?
  • What is the impact of the ‘portfolio career’ mind-set?
  • How can business can benefit from the boomerang approach?


Skills needed for student developers of the future 

  • Coaching skills for student developers
  • Other skills to future proof the profession


Wildcard submission

  • Have we missed something worth covering?
  • You can submit a wildcard submission suggesting interesting and forward thinking content not listed above.


Members are invited to submit a session proposal for one of the breakout sessions at the event. Please complete the online form below outlining your proposed session.


Proposals must be received by Monday 15 January at 10am.




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