Events industry urged to attend apprenticeship launch event

A launch event for the 'ambitious' new Apprenticeship Standard for the events industry will take place on 9 June, with key players behind the scheme setting a target for government approval by year end.

Mark Riches, managing director, First Protocol
Mark Riches, managing director, First Protocol

The Trailblazers scheme, which will focus on creating an innovative standard for the events industry enabling an alternative route for young people, was given the green light by government in March.

The launch event is being hosted by London & Partners in its boardroom with more than 20 key industry figures already confirmed to attend.

"We have a large group of employers attending, but would welcome more and are aiming for 35-40, so encourage anyone who is interested in attending and supporting the scheme to email us at," said Mark Riches, managing director of First Protocol, who is behind the initiative, along with events consultant Sarah Wright.

The meeting will provide an overview of the Government Trailblazer Apprenticeship Scheme and how it benefits employers, and convene an Industry Advisory Board, which governs the creation of the standard; and a Standard Development Board, which will actually set the core standards, together with options and the detail that sits within them.

"We are being ambitious," Riches added. "We are planning to have the Apprenticeship Standard set up, approved by government and ready to take on apprentices by the end of the year, dependent of course on industry agreement and support to achieve this."


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