The BVEP moves forward with proposed Institute of Event Management

The Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP) has progressed its bid to create an Institute of Event Management by agreeing on three working groups to help set it up.

BVEP plans to open an Institute of Event Management
BVEP plans to open an Institute of Event Management

The three groups will be responsible for: producing a business plan and scoping the legal framework for creating a professional institute; mapping the existing provision of higher education courses in events management; and developing membership structures, tiers and criteria for the institute.

The proposal for the Institute of Event Management involves companies such as Olympic organiser Locog, the sector skills council People 1st, FDF (formerly Foundation Degree Forward), several UK universities and all of the meetings and events industry trade associations.

 "A key part of meeting this objective will be engagement with industry leaders in support of a sector quality, skills and qualifications strategy and implementation programme," said BVEP Chairman Michael Hirst.

"This should include an Institute of Event Management, a framework for continuing professional development, and a portal website to signpost skill needs, industry-accredited qualifications, further and higher education programmes in event management, and career opportunities."

The BVEP is meeting with the government today (2 August) to discuss the future of the event industry.

The next meeting will take place at the Event UK exhibition from 21 – 22 September, when results from its questionnaire asking the events industry opinions on the Institute of Event Management will be revealed.  

Back in June the BVEP sent its manifesto to 350 MPs outlining its plans to work together with the government and inviting them to a presentation on 20 October at the House of Commons during National Meetings Week.

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