Industry secures training cash boost

A skills council dedicated to the event industry is to be established after the Government approved a £5m-£10m grant for the project. An extra £30m will be made available to small event firms that wish to achieve Investors in People.

A skills council dedicated to the event industry is to be established after the Government approved a £5m-£10m grant for the project. An extra £30m will be made available to small event firms that wish to achieve Investors in People. The decision follows nine months of lobbying by the International Special Events Society (ISES UK) to improve training standards and long-term career opportunities. The campaign has gained the support of the minister for tourism, film and broadcasting Kim Howells and John Healey, parliamentary undersecretary of state for adult skills. ISES UK vice-president of marketing Richard Beggs made the announcement at last month’s second ISES Regional Educational Conference. The seminar at the Commonwealth Conference and Events Centre in London, was attended by about 80 key industry figures from the UK and overseas. Beggs said: “It is marvellous that ISES UK’s campaign to promote professionalism in the events industry has achieved so much in such a short space of time.” • The first National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) in events have been awarded to Lucy Mellersh of Travel Lines and Diane Burrows of Masterpiece Users. To qualify, the candidates had to show competency in areas such as implementing promotional plans, and assisting with the build-up and breakdown of events.

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