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Candidates: Six Things You Need To Know About Event Management Apprenticeships

What if there were an amazing career you didn’t know about? Where you weren’t stuck behind a desk, every day was different and there were endless chances to use your creativity and to get out there and see the world?

Many young people who study Event Management find it hard to believe that something so enjoyable can actually be a “real job”. If you love people, enjoy being creative and have great organisational skills, this could be a great option for you.

Event Management apprenticeships are a brand new way to break into  Events, and they’re looking set to change the face of the industry. They are an accessible, credible, and affordable way in for talented young people.

In the past, many event planners came to their careers by accident; stumbling into their roles after first pursuing other careers. Or, for the younger generation, it was often a case of having friends and family who were passionate about Events and passed that passion on.

Apprenticeships offer a fairer path to everyone. Yet, as it is still early days, there is still some confusion about how event management apprenticeships work.

What Students Need to Know About the Event Assistant Apprenticeship

  1. How does an event planning apprenticeship work?
    The Event Assistant Apprenticeship is an 18-month programme. You work with an Event Management employer to learn all the practical skills to build your Events career. Plus, there is an online learning system, face-to-face workshops, and that all-important element of individual mentoring from a senior event professional.

Take a look at the Get Into Events website for more details on the programme.

  1. Do I have the right qualifications?
    The main requirement is a love of events and a willingness to dive in and work really hard. However Individual employers will set some selection criteria, and this will usually include a minimum of Level 2 Maths and English.
  1. Will I miss out on the fun of being a student?
    As an apprentice, you are a paid employee with real-world responsibilities. This also means, however, that you don’t build up a huge academic debt and you don’t have to spend big chunks of time on studying.
    Apprentices usually have a huge amount of fun – programme workshops mean you meet up regularly with nine other apprentices. You can share your experiences, support one another on your journey, and make plenty of time for socialising.
    Being an apprentice can be a far less lonely experience than studying at university or on a paid course – as well as your apprenticeship buddies, you will be part of a workplace with colleagues, managers and mentors. You will work alongside these people and quickly get to know them really well.
  1. Do apprentices get a job at the end of the programme?
    Apprentices are encouraged to apply for a job with the company they work for on the programme, and they are usually successful.If this didn’t work out for any reason, you still finish the programme with a Level 3 qualification and an impressive amount of hands-on event planning experience. Apprenticeships are uniquely geared towards employability and your position in the jobs market will be really strong.

  1. Will I have to study and do exams?
    There are two assessments involved in the programme, and a few hours of weekly homework to help you build your knowledge.
    Check out this Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education overview on what you will learn as an Event Assistant apprentice.
  1. Where should I start and how do I apply?
    Start by doing your research and making sure this is the career for you. Make full use of any Careers Advisers or services you have available at your school, college or university. Spend time online reading all the resources available and using chat services to ask all your questions.

This infographic shows the full Event Assistant Apprentice learning journey:


If you are certain this is for you, you’ll need to find an Event Assistant apprenticeship that you’d like to apply for. These are the are training providers you should take the time to investigate:

The Big Creative
Gingernut Training

Congratulations – once you’ve done your research and sent off your application, you’re on your way to joining us in the best job there is! You can look forward to a creative, varied, global career in a growth industry.

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