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NEC Group and Crewsaders partner for West Midlands events training scheme

by Joe Gallop

Youth charity The Prince’s Trust, alongside the NEC Group‘s ICC Birmingham and event crewing company Crewsaders, recently hosted an events training programme for 18-30-year-olds in the West Midlands.

The Get Into Events course delivered insight and training into the practical aspects of event crewing and aimed to equip young people with skills needed for events careers.

The course, which took place from 12-15 April, hosted unemployed young people from a wide and diverse spectrum of backgrounds who are not currently in education.

Some candidates who secured a place will also get the opportunity to undertake job placements with Crewsaders.

Allan Boyle, general manager, NEC Group Conventions, said: “The live events industry is a fantastic pathway for young people keen to find a vocation and develop practical life skills. However, we often struggle to get the word out about how to start in the sector. Hosting courses like these with our partners brings the events industry to life for young people, turning it into an accessible option which can become an exciting career.”

Calum McConnachie, operations director at Crewsaders, said: “Once the pandemic hit, the events industry lost a lot of its key ancillary workers. It’s fair to say now that live events are bouncing back with as many projects being planned over the next year as before the pandemic struck.

“With that said, there is an imbalance of work to workers and there needs to be real focus on harnessing young talent to rebuild a strong network of event professionals from grassroots up. We have found there to be very few educational pathways into events beyond apprenticeships yet even these are disproportionate to the number of opportunities that can be offered immediately.

“By crafting the Get Into Events programme alongside The Prince’s Trust and our social value partners, we wanted to create a meaningful pathway for unskilled youth to enter events in an accessible and practical way. We’re incredibly proud of what we have created and hope that we can inspire others across the industry to develop similar programmes with youth charities across the country.”

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