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Event apprenticeship scheme to undergo overhaul

by Emily Wallin

The Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP) has said they plan to  reinvigorating the events industry apprenticeship scheme to tackle workforce shortages.

The event assistant apprenticeship scheme was launched in 2017, but requires reviewing, promoting and bringing together a range of professional training providers who will work with employers to provide the essential off-the-job teaching and structured approach, BVEP said.

BVEP’s skills, talent and diversity working group  will  use existing resources and information to relaunch the initiative. with BVEP partners agreeing to the seed-funding required to cover the first six months of operation.

Richard Waddington, EMA and BVEP skills, talent and diversity working group event apprenticeship lead said “Apprenticeship schemes are so important for all industries and the events industry is no exception. We’re such a vast industry with lots of different options. Learning on the job was how I did it, but an apprenticeship provides ongoing formal education alongside this. It allows many to get into our industry with support and get paid for it.”

Immediate objectives for the group include recruiting a Trailblazer group of industry leaders who will ensure the relevance of the apprenticeships and will support with steering further activities. Companies which have previously expressed interest in offering opportunities for apprentices will also be contacted and further funding will be sought to ensure ongoing viability and expansion.

The group are also working with other associated apprenticeships that support the events industry, including live event technicians, creative venue technicians and live event riggers, all also  being reviewed.

Anyone interested in becoming a Trailblazer or learning more about the scheme can contact Richard Waddington chair@ema-uk.com or Naomi Hollas naomi.hollas@outlook.com.


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