Events industry apprenticeship scheme given the go-ahead

A new events industry apprenticeship scheme has been given the green light by the Minister of Skills, Nick Boles.
“I am delighted that First Protocol, in partnership with many other event companies, will join more than 1,000 of the country’s leading employers in designing new top quality apprenticeships in Events Management,” he said. “Giving employers the power to design apprenticeships means that apprentices graduate with the skills they need for the job they want and businesses get the talent they need to grow.”
More than 20 of the industries top 30 event agencies and six professional associations have committed to work together to create the content of the new apprenticeship standard through the Trailblazers programme, a new scheme focussing on creating an innovative standard for the events industry and enabling a fresh route for young people to enter the industry.
The initiative will be led by an industry group chaired by Mark Riches, managing director of First Protocol.
“This is an incredibly exciting development for our industry. Creating a diverse, skilled and engaged workforce is absolutely critical to business success. The introduction of a specialised apprenticeship standard that will develop talent through bespoke skills development and on the job training is a fantastic opportunity for all of us,” Riches said.
Industry veteran Sarah Wright will advise the industry group. She said: “In the past 20 years the event industry has evolved into a new sector that employs more than 550,000 and currently contributes around £36bn to the UK economy; a figure that is forecast to grow to nearly £50bn by 2020.
“The industry is extraordinarily diverse and offers fantastic careers and opportunities for a broad range of individuals – it is imperative that we develop a scheme that meets the needs of the industry, that helps us broaden our recruitment pool as well as encouraging new, diverse talent into the range of exciting careers that out industry offers.”
This scheme will enable existing employees or new recruits to develop more of the skills that the advisory board identifies as being essential in establishing a solid career in events; this will range from project management to customer service, budget management through to regulation, and best practice, as well as developing creative skills, an insight into how technology can be leveraged to deliver engaging experiences, or training in specific technical modules relevant to the employers’ needs.
Marco Forgione, EVCOM CEO added: “I’m delighted that the minister has given approval for this inspirational initiative. We are committed to developing the best talent for our industry and these apprenticeships provide a fantastic route into our industry as well as developing the industry skills.
“EVCOM is pleased to be an active partner in this project and look forward to welcoming and developing the first apprentices.”

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