Educators call for more work placements

The education community has called on the events industry to be more proactive in creating work experience opportunities for students.

 In the final keynote session at the Summer Eventia conference, a panel debate saw Leeds Met student Natasha Schofield speak out on the dearth of placements available to undergraduates.

Placements are in serious short supply and a lot of positions are unpaid, she said, explaining that funding restrictions meant that students are entitled to just £2,500 in student loans during their one-year work placement.

Schofield, who completed a placement with Skybridge and now works on a freelance basis with Adding Value, also called on suppliers to become more engaged: This is not just about agencies, she said.

Venues, production companies and other suppliers could do much more to provide work experience. Meanwhile, Eventia immediate past chairman Rob Allen confirmed during the session that the trade body is continuing to work with educators to create a central resource for placement positions.

The steering committee is due to meet again to discuss implantation of the system in around two months, but no date for completion has been set.

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