Trailblazer apprenticeship scheme on track for September intake

The Trailblazer apprenticeship scheme has reached the final stage of government approval, following the formal submission for the assessment plan of an events assistant this week.

First Protocol's Mark Riches
First Protocol's Mark Riches

It is estimated that Government will take six weeks to review the assessment submission, meaning the scheme could be rolled-out as planned this September.

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Harriet Bullen, account executive at First Protocol and coordinator for the event industry apprenticeship scheme, said: "This final milestone was preceded by a huge amount of work by members of the industry group who have shaped not only the standard for this apprenticeship scheme, but also how the assessment phase will work. Special thanks must go to our industry supporters, plus the industry charity ‘Springboard’, the team at DRP, and our potential training providers Catch 22, Creative Pioneers, and Outsource."

The Industry Advisory Board, who met in April, have shaped the work undertaken in these four months, giving direction for how the scheme will work.

Mark Riches, chair of the Industry Advisory Board, said they were eagerly awaiting government approval on this ‘final milestone’. "Approval means we can finalise our training providers, launch the industry website for our apprenticeship scheme, and more importantly start to employ apprentice event assistants. It is an exciting moment in this 18-month process, and indeed a brilliant cross-industry effort to futureproof the skills of people in our industry".

The board is currently looking for an estimate on the number of apprentices that agencies would be keen to hire in the next year.  Interested parties can contact Harriet at for further information. 


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