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Event apprenticeships: "use it or lose it", says Realise

Training provider for event apprenticeships warns industry not to miss out on "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity

Pictured: David Preston, founder of Realise

Realise, the industry’s first approved training provider for event apprenticeships, has urged the industry to ‘use it or lose it’ when it comes to the apprenticeship levy, set to be introduced by the government in April.

And it has hailed apprenticeships as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the industry.

The apprenticeship levy requires all businesses with a payroll of more than £3 million - around 50-60 full time staff  - to invest in apprenticeships. The levy is automatic, but employers can draw down funds from it for investment in the training of apprentices.   

“The money will be taken from businesses regardless, so it’s incumbent on us as an industry to use apprenticeships to get this money back and then to spend it on the training and development of new staff,” said David Preston, founder of Realise. “Basically, we either use the money or lose the money for the training. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the industry to invest in the next generation of young talent.”

Realise launched earlier this year and remains the first industry-approved training provider for level three apprentices. The company will be addressing the industry at International Confex with a session titled ‘Introducing the new Event Assistant Apprenticeship’ on 2 March.

The industry now has a government approved apprenticeship scheme and a programme that has been created for the industry, by the industry. Last month the agency FIRST announced its hiring of the industry’s first event apprentice.

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