EEAA’s new business events traineeship to alleviate Australia’s skills shortage

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has developed a traineeship programme that delivers fit-for-purpose training and skill development for new entrants to the business events industry, aimed at alleviating the ongoing skills shortages across Australia.

Jointly developed with TAFE NSW, Australia’s provider of vocational education and training courses, and Apprenticeships Support Australia, the programme combines nationally accredited qualifications with on-the-job experience.

The working group with TAFE NSW and Apprenticeship Support Australia includes Jim Delahunty from ExpoNet, Eden Fridman from Expo Direct, Libbie Ray from AV 24/7, Elke Rintel from Reed Exhibitions Australia, and Michael Stubbs from Agility Fairs & Events as well as other industry representatives

EEAA chief executive, Joyce DiMascio, said the new tailored industry traineeships would target at school leavers and people starting out in their careers. It aims to promote exhibitions and events as a dynamic and fulfilling career choice and to deliver a pipeline of skilled, industry-ready employees to businesses in the sector.

“Finding employees with the right skills for our sector is a challenge for many exhibition and event businesses,” DiMascio said.

“Through this new programme, we are providing a comprehensive framework that supports new entrants to our industry, ensures high standards for our sector, and delivers a potential new pipeline of candidates that companies can train into long-term employees with the specific skills required by their business,” she added.

In addition, TAFE NSW is offering a Pre-employment Program targeting 2017 school leavers – a two-week introduction to the exhibition and events industry that includes five days of industry placement. This programme can lead to employment or provide a pathway to the traineeships. The traineeships offered in 2018 will also be open to other suitable candidates.

To begin with, this opportunity will only be available in NSW.

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