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ABPCO’s student approach leads to TFI placement

Association says its approach for young event professionals is paying off after a student member joined TFI Group

Pictured: Noemi La Torre

The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) says its approach to develop young event professionals is paying off after a student member joined TFI Group for a placement.

Noemi La Torre, a student member of ABPCO and a representative for young professionals on the board, has taken a gap from her studies at the University of Greenwich to start a year-long placement with TFI Group working on large-scale events.

“Noemi is a fine example of how a young event professional should handle themselves when trying to build a career in our industry,” said Caroline Windsor, joint-chair of ABPCO and director at TFI Meeting Point. “The drive and enthusiasm she has shown since joining ABPCO is refreshing and I have no doubt that she will go on to have a long and successful career. 

“This opportunity presented to her by TFI really is something special and it’s great to see member organisations continuing to support the drive for professionalism by mentoring young people in the early stages of their career. Noemi will learn a lot and I hope many more young professionals follow her lead especially with ABPCO remaining committed to nurturing the next generation of event professionals.”

The placement began on Tuesday 19th July, but Noemi will continue to work closely with ABPCO as well as her other commitments with the likes of Azura Events and MPI UK & Ireland.

ABPCO’s University Student Membership is available to those studying at recognised universities for events management degrees or higher. The membership is £10 a year and gives students access to everything a full member of the association enjoys including access to events and research.

La Torre said: “What most excites me is that they have shown a deep commitment to my professional development, taking me on board for a placement tailored to my expectations, which offers me a 360-degree, challenging opportunity in a team who work to very high standards.”

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