Venues and Events International has taken on an intern in line with the event industry’s government-backed proposals to attract fresh talent.
Swindon-born Katherine Keenan, aged 21, is a business studies graduate from the University of South Wales. She has joined the event management agency on a short-term placement, organised by the Department for Work and Pensions.
“I’m excited about becoming involved in the business of staging events and team building activities while gaining valuable experience in a busy office environment,” Keenan says. “By throwing myself into a work placement I hope to learn new skills, and experience everything that goes into the running of a successful business enterprise.”
In May this year, the events industry received backing from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills to set up a Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard.
The Trailblazer scheme gives event management employers like Venues and Events the opportunity to help shape an inaugural industry standard for apprenticeships, which will then be rolled out nationwide. Once the standard has been designed, it will then go out to consultation with training providers, sector skills councils and other key industry bodies to develop the best training and assessment plans. The finalised standard will then be submitted to Government for approval.