Realise events assistant apprenticeship kicks off

Somerset House hosts workshop for the first ever group of Realise events assistant apprentices.

Aniseed Photography
Aniseed Photography

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."

 

For more in-depth features and breaking news, 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
Case study: DHL's employee of the year event in San Francisco

Case study: DHL's employee of the year event in San Francisco

Part five of our State of the Industry: Corporate Report is an in-depth look at DHL's big three-day event for its staff.

5 hotels for inspiring incentives in Italy

5 hotels for inspiring incentives in Italy

Our pick of elegant Italian getaways for exciting activities, captivating cuisine and stunning scenery.

UK businesses spending 22% more on incentive travel

UK businesses spending 22% more on incentive travel

Research also finds increased investment in employee experiences worldwide, in response to concerns for wellbeing.

How to use live events to revitalise a brand

How to use live events to revitalise a brand

Any product can be given a new lease of life with the right kind of event, says UKSV's Neil Coombes.

Popular and emerging destinations for corporate events

Popular and emerging destinations for corporate events

Part four of the State of the Industry: Corporate Report asks which cities are favoured by event planners.

In pictures: C&IT US Forum 2019

In pictures: C&IT US Forum 2019

Event planners from North America came to Chewton Glen for two days of meetings, content sessions and activities.

Case study: Avon's Circle of Excellence 2019

Case study: Avon's Circle of Excellence 2019

Venues and Events International organised a 'once in a lifetime' trip to Monaco and the Champagne region of France.

New client account manager for Brands at Work

New client account manager for Brands at Work

With seven years of events experience, the agency's most recent hire will develop new client relationships.

The top challenges for corporate event planners

The top challenges for corporate event planners

Part three of the State of the Industry: Corporate Report finds the biggest hurdles include measuring the ROI of events.

Dear C&IT: Venues must be more reasonable

Dear C&IT: Venues must be more reasonable

Charging significantly more for special dietary requests is bad practice, argues Inntel's Douglas O'Neill.

LATEST JOBS