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MPI UK & Ireland launches Events Apprenticeship Support Scheme

New scheme is designed to provide grants of up to £2,500 to industry employers who take on apprentices

Pictured: Jane Baker

MPI UK & Ireland has announced the launch of the MPI Events Apprenticeship Support Scheme.

The new scheme is designed to provide grants of up to £2,500 to events industry employers who take on apprentices through the new Government-backed Trailblazer standard.

Jane Baker, president of the MPI UK&I Chapter, said: “MPI UK & Ireland is committed to helping the industry’s next generation of talent to join our growing sector. Alongside MPI Connects, our recruitment programme for graduates, this new MPI Events Apprenticeship Support Scheme will make it easier and more cost-effective for employers to hire and train promising candidates choose not to take the university education route.”

The grant includes funding for external training from an accredited provider, annual MPI membership for the apprentice and their mentor, plus registration costs and expenses towards attendance at MPI UK & Ireland’s educational events for one year.

To qualify, employers should provide documentation to confirm that they have employed the apprentice to be supported. The apprentice must be paid at least the national minimum wage and have successfully passed an initial three-month probationary period. Applications will open annually, with initial applications to be submitted between 1 July and 1 September 2017.

The scheme is backed by the MPI Foundation, which will raise funds in the UK later this year through a post-show charity party at The Meetings Show. The fundraising event will take place at The Hand and Flower pub opposite London Olympia from 5.30pm on Tuesday 13 June. Tickets are £50 each and include complimentary food and drink, plus entertainment and networking with hosted buyers and show visitors.

Tony Fundaro, senior director, MPI Foundation, said: “One of the key missions of The MPI Foundation is to fund education that drives the success of meetings professionals. The new Events Apprenticeship Support Scheme launched by MPI UK & Ireland does exactly that so we are proud to support it. All proceeds from the Post Show Charity Party at The Meetings Show will go directly to this scheme so we encourage the industry to register. Not only will it support the industry’s future talent, but it offers attendees a fantastic networking opportunity with hosted buyers and visitors from across Europe.”

Registration for the MPI Post Show Charity Party is here:
Employers looking to register for more information about the MPI Events Apprenticeship Support Scheme should contact Hamish Reid, commercial director on

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