Applications have opened for the 2017 ICCA Forum for Young Professionals (FYP), held in partnership with ibtm world for an 11th consecutive year.
The theme of the 2017 FYP is ‘The future is here, the future is you!’
Opening on the eve of ibtm world 2017, 26 November and closing on 28 November, the forum is set to gather 35 young events industry professionals for a three-day programme of educational sessions, networking, social activities and guidance from influential industry professionals.
Anne Berrevoets, events coordinator for the European Association for International Education, attended the 2015 edition and commented: “The ICCA FYP was a very educational and positive experience. Having access to such an energised group of junior and senior industry professionals was incredibly motivating and the forum gave me the unique opportunity to discuss key topics with suppliers outside of a direct business negotiation; something which was invaluable.
“Not only have I have gained an incredibly strong and diverse network of industry peers, also some of us have become friends and with some of my fellow attendees I have co-founded Meetings and Millennials to keep the conversation going. I would definitely recommend any young person starting out in our industry to apply; they won’t regret it.”
Kerry Prince, Reed’s ibtm portfolio director, said: “I would encourage any young person starting out in our industry to apply to be part of the programme. I have seen first-hand the benefits to delegates, many of whom go on to have incredibly successful careers within this dynamic industry.”
Martin Sirk, CEO of ICCA said: “The Forum for Young Professionals is a truly unique free educational and networking opportunity for young professionals and is a must for individuals aspiring to a career in the meetings industry.
“The mix between suppliers and buyers creates a platform for discussions, sharing of ideas and getting to know each other’s needs and objectives ensuring a greater understanding of the industry as a whole.”
Anyone under the age of 30, with less than three years’ experience in the meetings industry is invited to apply for a place on the FYP programme via: www.ibtmworld.com/fyp. Flights and accommodation are included in the package. Deadline for applications is 11 August 2017.