BVEP - Business Visits and Events Partnership

  • *

    Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required.

BVEP to re-ignite the Events Industry Apprenticeship Scheme

In support of this year’s National Apprenticeship Week, BVEP and its partners are delighted to announce that they have started the process of reinvigorating the events industry apprenticeship scheme at a time when recruitment challenges are impacting all types of businesses across the sector.

Richard Waddington, EMA and BVEP Skills, Talent & Diversity Working Group Event Apprenticeship lead said "Apprenticeship schemes are so important for all industries and the events industry is no exception. We’re such a vast industry with lots of different options. Learning on the job was how I did it, but an Apprenticeship provides ongoing formal education alongside this. It allows many to get into our industry with support and get paid for it."

The previous initiators of the Event Assistant Apprenticeship, which was originally approved in 2017, have worked with the BVEP’s Skills, Talent & Diversity Working Group to help them use existing resources and information to re-launch this initiative. BVEP partners have agreed the seed-funding required to cover the first six months of operation.

"BVEP partners are putting money and time into working together to do something positive to address the current workforce issues. Picking up and bringing together those offering Event Apprenticeships is safeguarding one route into the industry. It is anticipated that many businesses will also step forward to work with us on this, especially in offering event apprenticeships since the KickStart scheme has come to an end. BVEP are really pleased to have Naomi Hollas, EventGrads founder, to work with us as Event Apprenticeships Coordinator." Caroline Jackson, BVEP Skills, Talent & Diversity Working Group Chair.

Immediate objectives for the group include recruiting a Trailblazer group of industry leaders who will ensure the relevance of the apprenticeships and will support with steering further activities. Companies which have previously expressed interest in offering opportunities for apprentices will also be contacted and further funding will be sought to ensure ongoing viability and expansion.

The group are also working with other associated apprenticeships that support the events industry. This includes the Live Event Technician, Creative Venue Technician and Live Event Rigger, all currently being reviewed.

The Event Assistant Apprenticeship is currently available but requires reviewing, promoting and bringing together a range of professional training providers who will work with employers to provide the essential off-the-job teaching and structured approach.

Richard John, COO, said: “We’ve supported more than 60 amazing people through the events apprenticeship programme, and despite the pandemic, many have gone on to progress a successful career in events. Indeed, we have one at Realise and we’d be lost without her. At a time when the industry is suffering skills shortage and wage inflation, an events apprentice is the perfect solution. And, as an alternative to taking a degree, this approach allows candidates to earn while they learn.

He added: ‘After an 18-month hiatus we’re now gearing up for a new cohort of apprentices and, in anticipation of what the Trailblazer group recommends, are ensuring that the learning content fully embraces the world of virtual and hybrid events.’

Anyone interested in becoming a Trailblazer or learning more about the scheme at this early stage can contact Richard Waddington This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Naomi Hollas This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Notes to editors

For further information on BVEP please contact Hollie Luxford on 07506 016507 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About the BVEP
The Business Visits and Events Partnership’s (BVEP) vision is to support sustainable growth for the UK’s £70 billion UK Events Industry. BVEP’s mission is to support growth across the entire sector via advocacy, networking, collaboration and a collective voice.

BVEP’s objectives are to:

  • Operate an umbrella organisation to represent, promote and further the interest of member organisations involved in the United Kingdom Events Industry
  • Advance the interests, standing, quality, sustainability and growth of the United Kingdom Events’ Industry
  • Seek greater collaboration across the Events’ Industry sectors on common issues
  • Forge close links with Government departments, including devolved Governments where possible via representation that can influence favourable policies towards the Industry. In particular, maintain strong relationships with key sponsoring departments, DCMS, DIT and BEIS
  • Seek a stronger link with the Creative Industries and other related sectors
  • Encourage joint events
  • Increase the focus on professionalism and skills development.

BVEP Partners:
ABPCO (Association of British Professional Conference Organisers)
AEME (Association for Events Management Education)
beam (formerly known as HBAA)
Business Travel Association
Core Cities
Events Industry Alliance (AEO, AEV, ESSA)
Events Industry Forum
EMA (Event Marketing Association)
EVCOM (Event & Visual Communications Association)
ICCA (International Congress & Convention Association)
IASB (International Association of Speakers Bureaus)
London & Partners
Meetings Industry Association
Meet in Ireland
NOEA (National Outdoor Events Association)
PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association)
PLASA (Professional Lighting and Sound Association)
PSA (Production Services Association)
Tourism Northern Ireland
Unique Venues of London
Visit Wales
VisitScotland Business Events