Zenaida Da Costa will commence work next week after being successfully selected following a Prince’s Trust workshop designed to get young people into employment through a government Trailblazer Apprenticeship Scheme.
The Event Management Assistant Apprenticeship is now available nationwide and is being rolled out across the industry from January. The apprenticeship will allow people from all backgrounds and ages to gain experience and relevant professional qualifications within the events industry. The scheme aims to break down barriers to entry, specifically where experience is required, and to attract a new broader pipeline of talent in addition to the university graduate route.
Commenting on her success, Da Costa said: "I am so happy to have the opportunity to join the exciting events industry. University wasn’t right for me, so I am excited to get a job that offers training and professional qualifications as I earn and support my family".
Mark Riches, managing director at FIRST London and chair of the Industry’s Apprenticeship Group said: "We are very excited to welcome Zenaida, our inaugural event management assistant apprentice to FIRST. The scheme provides a real alternative route into our industry and will help us reach a more diverse talent base. Zenaida will be our first apprenticeship of many, and will make a real contribution to help people kick-start careers in our industry".
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