First Events Apprentice Joins drp as Part of New Government Scheme
We have recently hired our first events apprentice through the Event Management Apprenticeship programme. The events assistant apprenticeship role was fully approved by the government earlier this year and Sarah Davitt is the first to join our team as an apprentice event assistant.
Last year, the Government approved the event management apprenticeship standard set out by the Trailblazers Industry Advisory Board, which we are part of. The Event Management Apprenticeship is a formal learning scheme that gives an alternative route into the events industry, through a combination of workplace learning, online learning and face-to-face workshops. There are many apprenticeships being introduced across the U.K. and the plan is to have three million new apprentices by 2020. We have been investing in apprenticeships, internships, and work experience for a number of years.
We started our apprenticeship scheme over four years ago and since then have had a total of 11 apprentices, of which 80% have become full-time members of the drpteam. Three of our board members started as work experience candidates at 16 years old, and over 20 years later they’re still with the company. Towards the end of 2016, we were awarded Apprenticeship Employer of the Year, an accolade we are extremely proud of.
One year on from the government approval for the apprenticeship, it’s great to have Sarah on board and learning within the company. It is vital that our industry invests in and helps to grow the next generation of event professionals.
Sarah Davitt commented, “I was going to go to university to study events management, but when I found this apprenticeship, I thought it was perfect. I’m getting education and experience at the same time. drp is a massive company that has so many different career opportunities and I hope in the future I can progress through the business.”
Group CEO, Dale Parmenter, added, "One year on from the government approval for the apprenticeship, it’s great to have Sarah on board and learning within the company. It is vital that our industry invests in and helps to grow the next generation of event professionals, and this scheme is a real opportunity to do this. I am looking forward to seeing the apprenticeship become more and more popular as a career option in the upcoming years."