Deadline looms for apprenticeship feedback

Event industry professionals have been urged to give their views on a ground-breaking apprenticeship scheme.

The Trailblazers Events Management Apprenticeship Standard will be submitted to government for approval next month.

Organisers have until 27 August to compete an online survey giving their input on the draft standard.

The scheme has already received some backing from Media for Development, a not for profit organisation based in East London. The funding has been made available through a grant from the Monument Trust, part of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts which funds projects in criminal justice, including prisoners’ resettlement and alternatives to custody and homelessness. The apprenticeship scheme will help ex-offenders find work in the event industry.

It will also promise an entry level role within an organisation and a route into an events career to new entrants to the events industry with no previous experience

The draft standard has been developed by an Industry Standards board chaired by First Protocol managing director Mark Riches, and Sarah Wright of Sarah Wright Consulting.

Riches said: “The Trailblazers scheme is designed to make it easier for employers to find and hire an apprentice, as they are directly involved in the creation and design of the standard. To ensure we are ready to submit the standard to government for their final approval we are seeking wider industry input. To gain approval for a proper recognised standard, it must have undergone vigorous testing and, with industry-wide consultation, demonstrate best value for those potential end-users regardless of the size of their company.”

The draft standard can be found here

Responses to the standard can be made online here

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