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ESSA launches free student membership at AGM

by Emily Wallin

The Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) launched free student membership at its AGM on 13 July.

The trade body said that with attracting and retaining talent high on the agenda, free Individual Student Membership initiative would be targeted at students with keen ambition to enter the world of events.

Student membership will offer access to a wealth of industry training, activities and events to provide first-hand experience of real-life aspects of the industry. The announcement came as ESSA held it’s 2022 AGM at the Forest of Arden Golf Resort.

ESSA said it recognised that there was often a gap between the theoretical aspects of vocational events courses and real-world experiences. The key aim they said was to “close the gap by giving students direct access to multiple aspects of the events industry to supplement their learning and help cement their desire to enter this exciting industry.”

Both ESSA members and students are expected to benefit with members providing work placement opportunities during event build-ups and breakdowns. A hub of member case studies will also showcase the positive aspects of working in such a varied industry.

ESSA director, Andrew Harrison, said: “There has never been a greater need to attract talent into the industry and we all have a responsibility to nurture, develop and retain individuals and entice them to join us.

“Surprisingly, in a health and safety operationally led industry, this topic is not always covered in event courses and degrees. It’s just one of the many areas we plan to tackle with this initiative alongside offering support with developing CVs to become attractive candidates to ESSA Members for future employment opportunities. Placing students with a base knowledge of our industry in the safe hands of our members will set them firmly on the path to becoming a competent member of any events team, which in turn will help to secure the future of our industry.”

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