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Event Management Apprenticeships Programme Announces First Board of Directors

In the run-up to National Apprenticeship Week, The Event Management Apprenticeships Programme (EMAP), today announced the formation of its first Board, committed to driving the development and professional delivery of the programme in order to broaden the talent pool for recruitment into the fast-growing events industry.

The board is chaired by Sarah Wright, Director, WRIGHT, and members are: 

  • Radhika Chhatwal, Head of Operational Efficiency, Citywire
  • Sasha Frieze, Managing Director, The Business Narrative
  • Simon Hughes, Vice Chair, Business Visits and Events Partnership
  • Justine Kane, Director, The Event Academy
  • Asi Panditharatna, Director of Employment Services, The Forward Trust
  • Adam Proto, Event Producer, Terbell Ltd
  • David Wise, Managing Director, Wise Productions

The Board's key objectives are to:

  • Drive recruitment of apprentices to broaden the industry talent pool
  • Develop the higher Trailblazer standards with industry employers to maximise the uptake of apprenticeships in the industry
  • Drive governance, quality assurance and a successful communication programme
  • Ensure that apprenticeships outcomes meet the event and live communications industry’s agreed apprenticeship standards.

The new Board brings a breadth of skills from across the industry from a variety of disciplines – agencies, events management, training, recruitment, education, apprenticeship development and communication.

Sarah Wright, Chair of the UK Events Industry Board Talent Taskforce and Chair and Employer Engagement Director of the EMAP Board said: " I would like to thank Mark Riches, Founder and NED at FIRST for his huge contribution in helping the programme get this far, and I very much look forward to taking over as Chair of this fantastic Board to build on the success to date. There are now several training providers in place and approximately 80 apprentices in apprenticeships positions which is a huge achievement, and the first three apprentices graduated last week, including Lucy Bennet, at Avenue Events.”

Lucy comments: “I have really enjoyed the apprenticeship program and will be sad not to see everyone for our workshops. I really appreciate all the hard work you have put in to helping me get through everything. I can't wait to continue my career in events.”

Claire Richardson, Quality Director at Professional Assessments Ltd (PAL), who undertook the assessment, adds “As the first End Point Assessment organisation to get approval for the Event Assistant Standard we have been working with the training provider Realise and the EMAP team to establish the necessary rigour to the programme. It is really rewarding to see apprentices complete the programme with great results and the first 3 we have assessed are the first in the country to complete this apprenticeship.”

The Event Management Apprenticeships Programme Board will be at Confex at Olympia, London on 26th and 27th February - why not visit stand L18 (opposite the Exhibition News Pavilion) and find out more? National Apprenticeship Week 2019 is 4 - 9 March.

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Notes to editors:

The Event Management Apprenticeships Programme’s aim is to support apprentices, employers, training companies, end assessment providers, mentors and the industry as a whole to deliver a successful apprenticeship programme that attracts and retains new and diverse talent in the Events Industry.

We work with the industry to develop new Trailblazer apprenticeship standards to help apprentices and employers gain qualifications through to degree level, providing an alternative learn-as-you-can education route for progression within the industry.
http://getintoevents.org.uk/employers/about-us/

Board:
• Chair, Sarah Wright, Director, WRIGHT
• Members:
• Radhika Chhatwal, Head of Operational Efficiency, Citywire
• Sasha Frieze, Managing Director, The Business Narrative
• Simon Hughes, Vice Chair, Business Visits and Events Partnership
• Justine Kane, Director, The Event Academy
• Asi Panditharatna, Director of Employment Services, The Forward Trust
• Adam Proto, Event Producer, Terbell Ltd
• David Wise, Managing Director, Wise Productions

Benefits of Employing an Apprentice:
• Cost effective
• New pipeline of talent
• Diversification of workforce
• Support the local community
• Employer National Insurance exemption on pay for under 25's
• Address skills gaps
• Up-skilling of existing workforce
• Tailored training for your workforce
• Government funding of £9,000
• Better employee engagement
• Higher levels of productivity and retention
• Utilise your Apprenticeship Levy payment yourself or through a partner / supplier

For further information, contact Sarah Wright - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07921 865534 or Sasha Frieze - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.