Event Assistant Apprenticeship

An Event Assistant is an entry level position, typically working within a team of people in an events company or within the events department of a larger organisation.

The role would usually provide support to a number of Event Planners or Project Managers by carrying out a diverse range of tasks necessary to plan, organise and deliver an event. For example

  • searching for the right location and venue for the event,
  • working with the design team on the look and feel of the event
  • organising logistics like transportation and catering.

The events organised may be for the company where the Event Assistant is working, or could be for a variety of different clients including large corporations, smaller companies and not for-profit organisations. Events cover a broad range of activities as well as sizes, from small numbers of attendees through to thousands. Around 75% of events are conferences, meetings, trade shows and exhibitions. Other events include outdoor events, cultural events, sporting and music events.

Companies use events to bring together different groups of people: from employees attending a sales conference; to customers or suppliers attending the launch of a new product; to shareholders gathering at a conference designed to attract new investors.

Apprenticeships can be gained through the planning and delivering a wide range of events, such as weddings, graduation ceremonies, conventions, sporting and music events, business training days, open days, seminars, trade shows and exhibitions.

These are just a few examples – the breadth and diversity of the events industry is partly what makes it such an exciting place to work. As well as holding events in the UK, events agencies and events departments organise events in different countries around the world.

Information for Applicants

What knowledge and skills are covered?

An Event Assistant will learn the following skills, knowledge and understanding:

Operational skills

• Gather facts and collate information in response to a brief or request, like searching for the right location and venue for an event.

• Respond to requests from the different functional teams and carry out a variety of daily and weekly tasks to assist in the planning and preparation of an event.

• Provide assistance onsite at an event by registering delegates or by helping to assist the onsite team with a variety of tasks.

• Manage your time effectively by understanding how to prioritise tasks according to their importance and urgency for the stakeholders of an event.

• Use software packages to create word processing and spreadsheet documents.

• Contribute to reports, event project plans and written presentations for clients.

Commercial

• Assist in the preparation, management and reconciliation of event budgets by collecting information, checking data and making calculations.

• Show how commercial awareness has been applied through task and time management, specifically using efficient and effective measures to conclude a project in the most proficient way.

Knowledge and Understanding

• How an event moves through its life-cycle from research and planning to delivery and evaluation.

• The respective roles of different functions: logistics, production, creative and design in event management; what each area is responsible for and how they contribute to the successful delivery of an event.

• How different venues may be suited a particular event based on clients’ needs.

• How event logistics can impact on the smooth running of an event.

What award will I achieve?

This is a level 3 course, which typically lasts for 18 months. At the end of the apprenticeship, students will receive a level 3 Apprenticeship in Events Management. The course will also include the option to gain professional qualifications in Management and Digital Marketing.

What are the entry requirements?

Individual employers will set their own selection criteria. This will typically include a minimum of Level 2 Maths and English. Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.

Anyone, from any background, can have a successful career in event management if they have the right attitude, passion, stamina and commitment to learning. Previous experience is not typically needed. It is a demanding yet very rewarding environment to work in. Flexible, calm and proactive individuals with energy, enthusiasm, good communication skills, patience and an ability to empathise are ideal candidates for the events profession.

How often do I have to attend college?

This apprenticeship standard is an eighteen month course with college attendance on a Wednesday (term time only). 20% of your working week must be spent on study or college time. This will be in conjunction with further online learning and also assessment in the workplace.

Our well-equipped venue and studios allow apprentices to demonstrate their ability contribute to conversations with team members and share ideas with confidence.

How will I be assessed?

End point Assessment – This contains two components:

  • A project practical case study that covers

What can I do next?

Successful candidates may progress into full-time employment or higher qualifications and degree level study specific to their work.

Information for Employers

How is my business going to benefit from an Apprentice?

How is my business going to benefit from an Event Management Assistant Apprentice?

Any business which deals with events is suitable to create a job role for an Events Assistant Apprentice – from hotels and dedicated events management businesses to local authorities and funeral homes.

Regardless of whether you are large or small employer, an Apprentice will benefit your business in several ways:

  • They will have been trained and assessed against a wide range of specially targeted technical skills that can help you maintain an effective business
  • They will be able to deal a wide range of routine and non-routine problems.
  • Attention will have been also paid to developing their behavioural, thinking, team working and communication skills to ensure that the apprentice is able to contribute effectively

What will my apprentice do?

An Event Assistant demonstrates the following behaviours:

  • Commission from a client or organisational brief, so an apprentice can demonstrate how they have responded to the brief
  • Use of software packages to create word processing and spreadsheet documents.
  • Contribution to reports, event project plans and written presentations for clients.
  • Use of a range of event technology platforms and social media sites and in-house bespoke software systems and databases.
  • How conclusions are drawn to choose venues that may be suited to a particular event based on clients’ needs.
  • Handle aspect of event logistics: the venue, delegate management, transportation, accommodation, catering
  • Liaison with event suppliers to combine and contribute to deliver an event

What will this cost my business?

The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017 has changed the way that government funds apprenticeships in England. All businesses operating within the UK with a wage bill of over £3million are required to contribute to the apprenticeship levy.

  • If the levy applies to your business you will be required to pay 0.5% of your entire wage bill into the levy. This will be offset against a levy allowance worth £15,000 for each tax year.
  • You will only be able to use your levy payment for government backed apprenticeships.
  • Levy payments will expire after 18 months.

Speak to an advisor at CI Business Solutions on 01206 712727 to make your levy payments work for you.

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 5% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account.

Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee.
Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.

As the largest college provider of apprenticeships in Essex, we can provide expert advice and guidance on all areas of apprenticeship provision, including helping you find the right apprenticeship for your business, recruiting apprentices, quality delivery and assessment with on-going support and advice.

Does the apprentice have to attend college?

This apprenticeship standard is an eighteen month course with college attendance on a Wednesday (term time only). 20% of the apprentices working week must be spent on study or college time. This will be in conjunction with further online learning and also assessment in the workplace.

Our well-equipped venue and studios allow apprentices to demonstrate their ability contribute to conversations with team members and share ideas with confidence.

How is the apprentice assessed?

Within our assessment approach, independence is achieved through the end point assessment being carried out by an independent assessor who has not had any involvement with the apprentice or the delivery of the apprenticeship. The Independent Assessment Organisation will make a synoptic assessment of each apprentice’s work, including the grade to be awarded, on the basis of evidence supplied in the Project, Portfolio and the Professional Discussion.

What about support in the workplace?

Once they have started their programme, the apprentice will require mentoring and help in satisfying the requirements for endpoint assessment. This will involve assisting the apprentice in assembling the portfolio to ensure that it meets the entire standard and is to a good quality. Skilled and knowledgeable staff must be available to support the apprentice as they complete work-based tasks.

Why should I choose Colchester Institute to support my recruitment and retention?

Colchester Institute is the largest college provider of apprenticeships in Greater Essex. We are expert at connecting the right people, to the right training, to the right business and when it comes to Apprenticeships, our Apprenticeship Advisors can support your business every step of the way.

As part of our service we can support your business with:

  • Advertising the Apprenticeship vacancy
  • Manage the applications received in line with your individual requirements
  • Match prospective candidates already known to us
  • Conduct initial pre-screening for candidates
  • Carry out visits to your premises alongside regular reviews to support you, your staff and your apprentice
  • Advice on any grants or funding where available

Our team will provide:

  • A fee free recruitment service.
  • Personal 1:1 Apprenticeship Levy advice and guidance.
  • A dedicated Account Manager.
  • Industry experienced, professional, technical tutors.
  • Bespoke programmes available upon request.
  • An Essex priority skills focus.
  • Free employer events.
Event Assistant Apprenticeship
Course Outline: Typically works within a team of people in an events company or within the events department of a larger organisation

Starting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year however the start-date for attending college for training, where required, might vary depending on the type of apprenticeship and will be communicated post-employment and sign-up.

LevelLevel 3
LocationColchester
DurationTypically 18 months
CampusColchester Institute
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)£9,000
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)£450

What will this cost my Business?

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 5% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account.

Apprenticeship Funding Bands

Apprenticeship Funding Bands
Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee. Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.

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