I don’t know how I missed your msg - sorry. There are three options for potential apprentices Belinda:
- Check out the job adverts on Apprenticeship part of the gov.uk website .
- Get in touch with a training provider which will see vacancies as they arise (for us Parag on 020 8426 2666 is responsible for engaging candidates).
- If you are applying for a job then simply ask the employer whether it is available as an Apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are so new to the sector that they are not widely known.
I’ve just realised that I’ve also answered a question you didn’t ask! But rather than waste the effort the section below contains more detail for both employers and potential Apprentices themselves.
The Events sector has put together a two page standard defining the skills, knowledge and behaviours which constitute a competent Event Assistant
The Apprenticeship is Level 3 (A level equivalent).
The Apprenticeship can be used to recruit junior members of staff (often to improve diversity or as a tool for CSR) or it can be used to upskill existing staff.
There is no restriction as to who can undertake the Apprenticeship so long as they do not already have a higher qualification in events management. The programme combines on the job and off the job training and typically takes up to 18 months.
If the employer has a payroll greater than £3m then the HMRC automatically puts money aside into an account which can be used to fund apprenticeships (and if the money is not spent then it is lost). If the payroll is lower than this then the government subsidises 90% of the programme.
Various authorised training providers (my firm, The JGA Group is one) offer Event Assistant Apprenticeships. There are also many other Apprenticeships suitable for event-related organisations eg Property Maintenance Operative (for venue owners), Digital Marketer and Business Administrator.
I hope that this helps.
I’ve also put a note on the EventTribe Jobs section looking for someone to help us make Apprenticeships better used in the sector, if anyone reading this has ideas/resource/enthusiasm or is looking for an interesting PT/FT role then do get in touch.