Event management apprenticeship scheme could be rolled-out in September

Employees may soon be able to hire apprentice event managers if the government approves the latest round of paperwork submitted by the event industry's Trailblazer Scheme.

First Protocol's Mark Riches is leading the Trailblazer initiative
First Protocol's Mark Riches is leading the Trailblazer initiative
The formal submission for the assessment plan of an events assistant has now been submitted, and a clear answer to whether it has been approved is expected at the end of a six-week review period. If the plans are given the green light, the scheme could be rolled-out as planned this September.

Mark Riches, chair of the industry advisory board, said: "Approval means we can finalise our training providers, launch the industry website for our apprenticeship scheme, and more importantly start to employ apprentice event assistants.

"It is an exciting moment in this 18-month process, and indeed a brilliant cross-industry effort to futureproof the skills of people in our industry".

The board is now looking for an indication from employers to see who would take on an events assistant apprenticeship, and indeed, how many. Business that require further information can contact Harriet Bullen, account executive at First Protocol, who is coordinating the scheme.

Read more about the apprenticeship in our interview with Riches here.

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