DRPG creative communications group were part of the trailblazers to promote and provide input into this national apprenticeship scheme, the first and only scheme to be dedicated to events. This scheme has been a game changer for the events industry. First launched in 2016, the standard is now fully approved and recognised, and promoted through the Event Management Apprenticeship Programme. This led to the company taking on two event assistant apprentices, Sarah Davitt and Sascha Lewis. They have now qualified and are the first two apprentices to complete this qualification in the whole of the UK. DRPG are proud to have trained and hired both into full time employment with the company.
The scheme currently has 48 event assistant apprentices enrolled. Overall in 2017/18, there were 814,800 people participating in an apprenticeship in England, with 375,800 (46%) apprenticeship starts and 276,200 (34%) apprenticeship achievements. An apprenticeship scheme delivers lots of practical, real life, on-the-job training and experiences. Sarah and Sascha now take on full time roles within the group, Sarah becoming an account executive, and Sascha a project coordinator.