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21-up for Realise apprenticeship programme

Events and live communications training agency Realise has come of age with its event apprentice training, having announced its 21st young trainee eventprof to get with its programme.

Realise launched its Event Assistant Apprenticeship Programme at International Confex 2017 and CEO David Preston says: “It was just 10 months ago, with the support of Mash Media, Mark Riches of First Agency and Dale Parmenter of drp Group, that we launched and, since then, employers from a multitude of sectors have embraced the programme, with the common aim to enable the next generation of event managers to get a foothold into a career in events.” 

Preston adds that the three current cohorts of apprentices with Realise have attended a series of face-to-face workshops held in a diverse set of locations to expose them to differing venues that they may one day be using to execute an event. These include Somerset House, RSA House, Twickenham Stadium and the offices of event agency drp Group.  

Preston explains that the young trainees also complete a vast array of work online through a Learning Management System to enable them to gather a portfolio of evidence of all the work they have done to learn the skills and gain the knowledge necessary.

“These are exciting times for our industry, with a renewed emphasis on learning and development, so should you wish to join the great names that are paving the way, then do get in contact,” Preston adds.

The government launched a new funding model called the Apprenticeship Levy back in May 2017, where employers with a payroll of more than £3m/annum pay a 0.5% tax to fund the  training of apprentices. If your payroll is less than this then the employer pays £900 towards the cost of the training - equivalent to £50/month. Further information: