Anyone can have a successful career in event management if they have the right attitude, passion, stamina and commitment to learning. It is a demanding yet very rewarding environment to work in. Flexible, calm and proactive individuals with energy, enthusiasm, good communication skills, patience and an ability to empathise are ideal candidates for the events profession.
An event assistant is an entry level position, typically working within a team of people in an events company or within the events department of a larger organisation. The role would usually provide support to a number of event planners or project managers by carrying out a diverse range of tasks necessary to plan, organise and deliver an event: for example, searching for the right location and venue for the event; working with the design team on the look and feel of the event; or organising logistics like transportation and catering. The events organised may be for the company where the event assistant is working, or could be for a variety of different clients including large corporations, smaller companies and not- for-profit organisations.
Events cover a broad range of activities as well as sizes, from small numbers of attendees through to thousands. Around 75% of events are conferences, meetings, trade shows and exhibitions. Other events include outdoor events, cultural events, sporting and music events. Companies use events to bring together different groups of people: from employees attending a sales conference; to customers or suppliers attending the launch of a new product; to shareholders gathering at a conference designed to attract new investors. These are just a few examples – the breadth and diversity of the events industry is partly what makes it such an exciting place to work.
As well as holding events in the UK, events agencies and events departments organise events in different countries around the world.
An event assistant demonstrates:
• an enthusiastic and positive approach to providing swift and accurate service.
• conversations with team members and share ideas with confidence.
• initiative when faced with problems or challenges, and be flexible to the needs of the project.
• the ability to seek and act upon feedback, reflect on performance and show commitment to self-development.
• personal commitment to sustainability by minimising the negative affect on the environment caused by work activities.
Acceptance on this Apprenticeship is via initial assessment. Individual employers will set their own selection criteria. This will typically include a minimum of Level 2 Maths and English. Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.
Assessment is continuous, both on and off the job.
On successful completion, you may wish to continue your studies by moving onto a higher level Apprenticeship or course.
Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.