Opinion: Taking on an apprentice lets you grow your own talent and promote from within

The apprentice gets practical work experience to begin their career in events and saves thousands of pounds on university fees, says David Preston, CEO of Realise.

David Preston
David Preston

The event assistant apprenticeship is a practical work-based route into the events industry that means you earn while you learn. It’s a combination of workplace, online and workshop leaning - called blended learning - that has been designed by event professionals for the events industry.

The apprentices gain skills and knowledge that match the individual employer to enable them to hit the ground running, as defined by the Apprenticeship Standard and inspected by Ofsted to ensure quality and consistency. All this is being delivered by realise.me.uk, a training company set up specifically to deliver the event assistant training programme.

As part of any employers’ talent management process, the apprenticeship dovetails with work experience, that many employers offer and enables employers to grow their own talent and promote from within. Which is a useful thing to be able to do, in this increasingly competitive world.

The apprentice gets the opportunity to begin their events career, without the long-term debt of university fees and to instantly network with other apprentices from across the event industry. Employers from venues such as the Southbank Centre to media companies like Compelo and of course event agencies like drp Group, Avenue Events, Pico, CL Events and RPM have all signed up.

For employers, recruitment is carried out as it would be for any employee and the vacancy can also be put on the National Apprentice Service website. Specialist recruitment agency Tyrotalent.uk was set up to specifically to assist in recruiting apprentices in the events world and has over 60 pre-screened individuals from across the country, just waiting for the right employment opportunity.

Watch an interview with drp’s events apprentice Sarah Davitt and CEO Dale Parmenter.

 

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