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Industry apprenticeship scheme set for approval

Trailblazer scheme could be rolled out in September after final plans are submitted to government

Pictured: Mark Riches, chair of the Trailblazer scheme Industry Advisory Board

The first event industry apprenticeship is on track to be officially launched in September.

Final plans for the industry’s Trailblazer Scheme, which detail the apprenticeship recruitment and development process, have been submitted to government for final approval. Final sign off is expected to take around six weeks and the scheme could be rolled out in September.

Event management agencies First Protocol DRP have taken leading roles on the advisory board guiding development of the scheme. 

First Protocol account executive Harriet Bullen said: “This final milestone was preceded by a huge amount of work by members of the industry group who have shaped not only the standard for this apprenticeship scheme, but also how the assessment phase will work. Special thanks must go to our industry supporters, plus the industry charity Springboard, the team at DRP, and our potential training providers Catch 22, Creative Pioneers and Outsource.” 

Mark Riches, chair of the Industry Advisory Board, added: “Approval means we can finalise our training providers, launch the industry website for our apprenticeship scheme, and more importantly start to employ Apprentice Event Assistants. It is an exciting moment in this 18-month process, and indeed a brilliant cross-industry effort to future-proof the skills of people in our industry.”

The board is seeking an indication from employers as to who would take on an Events Assistant Apprenticeship, and how many. Contact Harriett Bullen at or call 020 7887 5995 for more information.

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