Partner News: Event Industry Apprenticeship Standard Gains Government Approval

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Approval has been given for the Event Management apprenticeship standard developed as part of the government’s Trailblazer programme, and can be seen here

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Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “I congratulate all the employers involved in designing the new Event Management apprenticeship standard. Through giving leading employers the power to design and deliver high quality apprenticeships we can give young people the skills our economy vitally needs. We are committed to 3 million apprenticeships by 2020 because apprenticeships deliver.”

The standard, which describes the knowledge, skills and behaviours that all apprentices will have achieved upon completion of the apprenticeship, was created by an industry ‘Standard Development Board’ consisting of agencies, corporates, industry specialists and suppliers.

Mark Riches, MD at First Protocol and Chair of the Industry Advisory Board that owns this initiative said “Approval of the standard is a key milestone and triggers the next phase of development – formulating the assessment plan that will outline how each apprentice will be assessed through and at the end of their apprenticeship.  Our Industry Advisory Board –  representing over forty employers, ten professional bodies and thirty sector specialists and suppliers – next meets in early April to steer the initiative and drive the work required to make the apprenticeship a landmark reality for the industry.”

Industry figures supporting the creation of the apprenticeship scheme, and who were involved in drafting the Apprenticeship Standard said:

“In an industry that thrives and succeeds on developing talent the approval of the Event Management Apprentice Standard is fantastic news and we’re delighted to offer our continued support.” – Jason Megson, Managing Director, George P. Johnson

“We were excited to advise on the Event Management Apprenticeship Standard. There hasn’t been anything like it before.  As the only social enterprise in the event crewing industry, we’ve been training marginalised individuals on the nuts and bolts of the sector for 10 years, and they are a great asset to our business.  We’re looking forward to working on it with other organisations from here on in as it has huge potential to open up the ever growing event industry to more robust and diverse pipelines of future talent.” – Charlie Dorman, Director, Connection Crew CIC

“It’s absolutely fantastic we have got approval for the Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard, as an industry we can really make a difference and invest in the next generation of event professionals, I feel confident it will be a huge success for years to come.”Dale Parmenter, DRP

“The idea for an Event management apprenticeship came from a desire to find a route into the event industry for people from disadvantaged backgrounds and who were looking for a way into our diverse and growing industry.  It offers an exciting opportunity for pioneering employers to widen their talent pool by opening their doors to a whole new raft of people who are willing to start at apprentice level and work their way into the business.” – Liz Bagnall, Managing Director, Stagestruck

For further information on the creation of this new Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard, including an invite to attend the April Industry Advisory Board Meeting, please contact:

  • Mark Riches, Chair of the Industry Advisory Board, and Managing Director First Protocol: and 020-7787-5995
  • Harriet Bullen, Project Manager for Apprenticeship Scheme and Account Executive First Protocol: and 020-7787-1954

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