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drp continues to blaze apprentice trail with second EMA hire

Worcestershire-based full-service agency drp has hired another events apprentice through the Event Management Apprenticeship (EMA) programme.

The events assistant apprenticeship role was fully approved by the government earlier this year and Sascha Lewis is the second to join drp as an apprentice event assistant.

Last year, the government approved the event management apprenticeship standard set out by the Trailblazers Industry Advisory Board, to which drp belongs. The EMA is a formal learning scheme that gives an alternative route into the events industry, and is a combination of workplace learning, online learning and face-to-face workshops.

Lewis comments: “I have been with drp for one month and I love how varied the work is from day to day. I have always been interested in events and how varied they are. It has also given me the opportunity to gain a further qualification without having to go to university.”

drp has been investing in apprenticeships, internships, and work experience for a number of years and CEO Dale Parmenter adds: “It has now been a year since the government approved the apprenticeship, and it’s great to have both Sarah and Sascha in the drp team. I truly believe that the apprenticeship scheme will be a first-choice career option in the upcoming years. Our industry should be continually investing in and nurturing the next generation of event professionals, and schemes such as this offer a tangible way of doing so.”

drp started its own apprenticeship scheme four years ago and has since had a total of 11 apprentices. Eighty per cent of drp’s apprentices have stayed on in employment after completing their schemes. Three drp board members started as work experience candidates at 16 years old, and over 20 years later they’re still with the company, says Parmenter.

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