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New Events Apprenticeship website launches

The ongoing growth of the Event Management Apprenticeship programme marks a new milestone with the launch of its new web portal. At the same time a new name is applied to the programme, now known as Get into Events, and can be seen here www.getintoevents.org.uk

This new hub of information will be further developed in the coming months, providing a central resource of information for employers, apprentices, and industry stakeholders.

The launch of the website also marks the establishment of an industry Community Interest Company that will own and develop the apprenticeship programme in partnership with industry. Sarah Wright, director of the company and a founder of the Event Management Apprenticeship Programme said: “we have massive ambition for the development of this apprenticeship programme, setting a new training route for our industry, and providing access to a new pipeline of industry talent”. 

Currently over 80 apprentices are employed and enrolled in the Government’s Trailblazer Event Assistant Apprentice Standard. Mark Riches, chair of the Event Management Apprenticeship Programme said “We have achieved our first goal of having more than 50 event management apprentices within the first 18-months of launching the scheme, but we want more than 200 within the first three years. Additionally, we need more industry involved in shaping this programme, particularly as we develop the higher apprenticeship standards”.  The current standard is a Level 3 apprenticeship, but the scheme’s ambition is to develop levels through to 6 and 7, which are equivalent to foundation degrees (full bachelor’s and master’s).

The new industry body that launches this week is a community interest company, designated as a not for profit, and will hold its first meeting at the InterContinental Hotel on Park Lane on 8 November.  The meeting is open to all industry stakeholders and invitations to become Board Members are on the Get into Events website: http://getintoevents.org.uk/employers/get-involved/  Simon Hughes, vice chair of industry body BVEP, is a founding director of the new body and says “there is a lot of interest by industry in developing the apprentice training route, hence establishing this independent company to own this scheme and drive it’s growth.  Now is the opportunity for industry to become involved and help shape this programme, either by attending our meetings, or by joining the Board.”