Editor's Blog

Getting down to business

As we continue to examine ways to solve the pending recruitment crisis, an interesting argument was recently made to me by RIBA Venue's head of venues, Moya Maxwell.

Maxwell, speaking to M&IT at RIBA's open morning last week, said that the issue isn't only about attracting and retaining people in the UK's events and hospitality industry; she advocates a remodelling of education and training.

The problem, she pointed out, is that without the necessary business qualifications, career progression - particularly in the events industry - can only go so far.

"In the events industry is lacking in terms of providing a career path to these professionals and not giving the support and training people need to be to continue progressing," she said.

"There is no recognised gold standard (in business management) that if you do this course then this is recognised about you - similar to MBAs.

"I'd encourage people to speak to employers and do as many business courses as they can. A lot of people in our industry talk about the importance of creativity, but ultimately they're running a business. You can't have one without the other.

"Often it is the case in the unique sector that an inidividual will rise to head of events but will have to report to the finance director or COO. There are no opportunities at board level for an individual without a recognised professional qualification. Despite displaying creativity and entrepreneurship a lot of these people are blocked from progressing further and we see them leave the industry."

The recruitment crisis has been well highlighted by the HBAA, who is lobbying the government to rethink its immigration policy following Brexit.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree that we need better business training? Comment below or email your thoughts to news@cat-publications.com.

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