Held at The Savoy hotel in London, the meeting and drinks reception was attended by representatives from major events agencies including Jason Megson from George P Johnson, Dale Parmenter from drp, Helen Seaman from Rapiergroup and Fay Sharpe from Zibrant.
The government-backed Trailblazers apprenticeship scheme is designed to offer entry-level roles and future career opportunities to those with no previous experience in the events industry. The draft has been developed by an Industry Standards board, chaired by Mark Riches, managing director of First Protocol and Sarah Wright of Sarah Wright Consulting.
As the board prepares to present the draft standard to the government on 24 September, Wright said the team was reaching out to learning providers and independent assessors to help finalise it. "We are now looking into more detail at exactly what skills are being assessed, and this can vary from employer to employer depending on what their focus is as a company. So we are working on the fine detail, ensuring that it is as detailed as possible for our submission to government at the end of the month."
Feedback on the scheme has been overwhelmingly positive, with backing from events industry leaders.
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