The Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA) has announced the continuation of its National Placement Scheme in 2013, offering Event Management degree students an agreed structure of work experience opportunities with the association’s 80 agent and 208 venue members.
With the recent revelation that almost six in ten students finished university last summer without a job, the placement offers a way to provide students with a valuable sandwich year in employment, while increasing the volume of young talent and enthusiasm into the event industry.
Etc.venues, Banks Sadler, Conference Care and Lime Venue Portfolio all took part in the first year of the HBAA National Placement Scheme.
Partnering with the HBAA on the scheme include academic establishments offering four-year BA Honours degrees in Event Management, such as the universities of Coventry, London Metropolitan, Bournemouth, Leeds Metropolitan, the University of Greenwich and Oxford Brookes University.
One full year of the degree course is taken up by the work placement, although shorter six-month placements may also be available. Companies adhere to a Code of Practice and students can engage in a variety of tasks, ranging from dealing with enquiries and supporting event management teams to assisting in large-scale national events and client liaison.
Amy Bowden is part way through a year-long placement at Lime Venue Portfolio while studying for a BA Honours in Event Management at Leeds Metropolitan University.
“Within the events industry, experience is critical. Working at Lime Venue Portfolio through the HBAA National Placement Scheme has given me opportunities some people would only dream of, such as working at Club France during the 2012 Olympics,” she said.
“As this is the first time I have had experience within the industry, it has been extremely beneficial to understand events from a sales, operations and marketing perspective and has enabled me to see where my strengths are best utilised. This has been a huge stepping stone in my personal development.”
Chris Parnham, Chairman of the HBAA, added: “It’s absolutely fantastic that the HBAA is able to offer young Event Management Degree students the opportunity to gain experience within the industry in such a tough economic climate. These students have real future employment potential and it’s inexcusable that it could be going to waste; we would like to build on last year’s success and get even more HBAA members involved in offering placements.”
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