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Focus on certifications to endorse industry: forum

BVEP forum say greater coordination of industry qualifications will help lift profile of events industry
31/10/2016

Pictured: BVEP chair Michael Hirst

More should be done to promote and outline the industry's courses and certifications in order to increase its overall perception, a forum held by Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP) has said.


The group of 36 event professionals and academics said greater coordination of industry qualifications, particularly university degrees, should be the first step in raising the profile of the events profession.


The forum met at the University of Westminster on 28 October to discuss how best to promote the industry as a rewarding profession.


BVEP chair Michael Hirst said: "This is a welcome next step to bring together all the bodies that run training and skill programmes to map what is available and work towards a more coordinated and comprehensive programme for the Industry. The Events Industry is a hugely diverse sector, which makes it unrealistic to try to follow models set by professions such as accountancy and law. What is needed is a sound understanding of how career advancement can be best delivered and the agreement to bring together the Industry’s organisations who provide training and skills development is an excellent first step."


BVEP vice chair Caroline Jackson, who organised the forum alongside EVCOM's Rachel Ley, said: "We should treat this as an evolutionary process. The outcomes from the forum will inform my wider review of how best to take forward the professionalism agenda which I hope to report back to the BVEP in the late Spring of next year."


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