Somerset House provided the backdrop for the first workshop of the inaugural cohort of event assistant apprentices, who could become the industry's talent of the future.
Approved last year, the new level-three events assistant apprenticeship standard has been warmly welcomed from all sectors of the industry. Apprentices from leading organisations - including drp Group, Pico, the South Bank centre, the Royal Opera House and Compelo, Avenue Events and CL Events - participated in the workshop, led by David Preston and Richard John of Realise.me.uk, before enjoying a guided tour organised by Somerset House’s Sally Dracott.
The workshop opened with a short welcome from Richard Goodwin, managing director of the JGA Group, who teamed up with Realise, to provide the official infrastructure and expertise in delivering the apprenticeships. Welcoming the group, he spoke of the great opportunities that lay ahead as they embarked on the 18-month programme.
David Preston, CEO of Realise said: "So many people have worked incredibly hard to get this apprenticeship up and running, so it’s great to see the programme now starting. And this is just beginning; so many more event apprentices are being signed up we now have another two cohorts starting in October and November."
Harriet Bullen, HR and recruitment advisor at agency FIRST, who was instrumental in developing the standard said: "This really is a momentous moment for the events industry, as we now have the perfect solution to grow and develop the new talent our industry needs.
Sarah Wright, of Sarah Wright Consulting, who pioneered the development of the scheme added: "Today is one of the proudest of my career! I urge all agencies, corporate event teams, venues, logistics companies, venue finding agencies, in fact, all companies that produce events, to consider this new recruitment channel that will bring new and, hopefully, more diverse, talent into the industry."
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