Events apprenticeship receives final government approval

The event industry's Trailblazer Scheme has received final government approval to become the first fully approved apprenticeship programme for event professionals.

Mark Riches of FIRST
Mark Riches of FIRST

The assessment plan has passed the final milestone of government approvals, meaning apprentices can be hired from January 2017.

Industry leaders behind the scheme have engaged a series of training providers to agree how they can partner with businesses and support both employers and apprentices.

"This is a major milestone for the industry and comes as a result of a lot of hard work from people, both within and outside of the events community," said Sarah Wright, Sarah Wright Consulting, who has been working towards an industry apprenticeship scheme since 2008.

"The industry had been tasked by government to address apprenticeships and we have developed a professional and creditable scheme that means we can provide access to more diverse talent to event businesses right across the country."


Government approves event industry apprenticeship standard 

Trailblazers marks industry change, says Mark Riches


The apprenticeship scheme will announce dates for an industry-wide meeting in January 2017, where employers can gain more information about how to employ apprentices and learn more about the scheme. Organisers will also launch new industry branding and an online portal designed to inform, engage and support both employers and potential apprentices.

"This is a big moment for events in the UK. Currently there is a lot of discussion across our industry sectors about our professionalism, our standards and the quality of our people," said Mark Riches, chair of the Industry Advisory Board. "This scheme allows us to both contribute to the future of talented people in our country, yet to also benefit from the influx of new and varied professionals for our industry."

Meanwhile Dale Parmenter, CEO of drp, has also been supporting the development of the scheme. "Today’s achievement could only have been accomplished through the hard work, time and endeavour of a lot of people. It is great to see the industry come together to create a scheme that will bring new talent pipelines to our sector. As someone who currently employs seven apprentices across the disciplines of design, IT, digital and video production, we can’t wait to take on event management apprentices."

James Greenshields, chief executive of Media for Development, added that a grant of over £100,000 from the Monument Trust had been allowed for the scheme, enabling non-traditional learners, including ex-offenders, to be prioritised.  

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

• For more breaking news and in-depth features, sign up to C&IT Magazine's daily Newstracker here 

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles
and free email bulletins.

Register now
Already registered?
Sign in
Diary of a delegate: Undiscovered Azerbaijan

Diary of a delegate: Undiscovered Azerbaijan

Exploring the emerging destination’s modern and medieval experiences in Baku, Gabala and Sheki.

Brands at Work appoints new creative director

Brands at Work appoints new creative director

Senior hire brings experience from a range of sectors that will help the agency meet the evolving needs of clients.

In pictures: Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok opening March 2020

In pictures: Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok opening March 2020

The hotel at Chao Phraya River offers indoor and outdoor event spaces in the Thai capital.

Judges announced for C&IT Awards Americas

Judges announced for C&IT Awards Americas

The inaugural C&IT Awards Americas will be judged by a mix of regional and global event professionals.

Ditching ‘swag bags’ and tackling the problem of food waste

Ditching ‘swag bags’ and tackling the problem of food waste

Corporate event planners spoke about ways to reduce waste and make conferences more sustainable.

‘I thought having children would have no impact on my career in events’

‘I thought having children would have no impact on my career in events’

One event professional discusses the struggle to balance work and life as a mother of a two-year-old.

Six new recruits for Venues and Events International

Six new recruits for Venues and Events International

Swindon-based event agency expands its team, including return of two former employees, after new client wins.

‘Glorified schedule apps' among top tech concerns for event planners

‘Glorified schedule apps' among top tech concerns for event planners

Delegates discussed their main aspirations, groans and gripes about tech during a roundtable at C&IT's Corporate Forum.

Case study: Nissan’s royal relaunch

Case study: Nissan’s royal relaunch

A revolving stage and 3D animation helped showcase the new Patrol SUV to an audience of VIPs, including UAE's royal family.

OrangeDoor appoints new managing director

OrangeDoor appoints new managing director

Event agency reinforces its senior leadership team to focus on ambitious global expansion plans.

LATEST JOBS