Government approves events apprenticeship standard

The Government has approved the event management apprenticeship standard set out by the Trailblazers Industry Advisory Board.

Mark Riches, MD at First Protocol
Mark Riches, MD at First Protocol

The approved standard describes the knowledge, skills and behaviours that all apprentices will have achieved upon completion of the apprenticeship. It was created by an industry ‘Standard Development Board’ consisting of agencies, corporates, industry specialists and suppliers.

Mark Riches, MD at First Protocol and chair of the industry advisory board for the initiative, said: "Approval of the standard is a key milestone and triggers the next phase of development - formulating the assessment plan that will outline how each apprentice will be assessed through and at the end of their apprenticeship.  

"Our industry advisory board, which represents over forty employers, ten professional bodies and thirty sector specialists and suppliers, will next meet in early April to steer the initiative and drive the work required to make the apprenticeship a landmark reality for the industry."

Jason Megson, MD of George P. Johnson, said: "In an industry that thrives and succeeds on developing talent, the approval of the Event Management Apprentice Standard is fantastic news and we’re delighted to offer our continued support."

CEO of drp, Dale Parmenter, added: "It’s absolutely fantastic we have got approval for the Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard, as an industry we can really make a difference and invest in the next generation of event professionals, I feel confident it will be a huge success for years to come." 

Skills Minister Nick Boles said: "I congratulate all the employers involved in designing the new Event Management apprenticeship standard. Through giving leading employers the power to design and deliver high quality apprenticeships we can give young people the skills our economy vitally needs. We are committed to three million apprenticeships by 2020 because apprenticeships deliver."

More:

In Pictures: Trailblazers apprenticeship scheme's advisory board meeting

Trailblazers Apprenticeship scheme calls for agency participation

Industry to create new 'manifesto' for event education

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