NEC Group launches new events industry training programme

The NEC Group’s Oncourse Centre of Excellence, which provides Health and Safety training across the UK, has teamed up with Professor Chris Kemp to launch what it claims is the event industry’s first scenario-based training programme.

The accredited certificate focuses primarily on crowd science, management, dynamics, psychology and social interaction.

The course, which is designed for anyone involved in the day-to-day running of events, takes place over five days and combines theory and application. The course aims to give trainees the opportunity to put learning into practice through simulated venue scenarios. The course can be tailored as required  to offer training for any event such as conferences, retail, music and sport.

“There is a lot of theory surrounding crowd science, but before now there has been nothing that enables trainees to put the theory into practice in a real life, real time situation,” said Professor Kemp. “This course fills the gap in the training market offering practical scenario-based training. This is something I have been looking to do for a while so I am delighted to be working with Oncourse to support the creation of this programme.”

Julie Fletcher, Health and Safety Trainer for Oncourse, added: “We are excited to be launching such a unique training course to the industry. The NEC Group has been running courses for its staff for over 10 years but delivering training through Oncourse is still a relatively new offering.

 The first course will run at the NEC from 8 to 12 December and plans are already in place to extend throughout the UK and abroad.

In other NEC-related news, the venue was recently recognised for the Best Waste and Recycling Scheme in the Business category at Birmingham City Council’s first Sustainability and Recycling Awards.

The win comes after the NEC was ’highly commended’ at the National Recycling Awards in London, and is added to existing awards recognising the NEC’s on-going commitment to responsibly managing the environmental impact of its operations, which includes the AEO Excellence Award for Sustainability in 2010 and 2013.

In 2012, the venue reached its ’Zero Waste to Landfill’ target two years ahead of schedule by developing a Waste Pre-Treatment Centre, which was certified by the ISP 14001 standard in 2013.

Planning permission has also been granted to build a £100m on-site Biomass plant that is hoped will make the NEC venue energy self-sufficient.

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