The 2011 Event Production Show will give a distinct focus on the human capital and future talent of the live event sector.
Organisers of the show – taking place from 2nd – 3rd February at London Olympia – have confirmed that Thursday afternoon will be a focal point for those currently studying at British universities or abroad.
Seminars and speakers have been set-up in order to provide a dedicated thought leadership programme to students. From 3.15pm to 4.30pm the panel discussion ‘Events Degree: What Next’ will be presented by Simon Bell & David Dewhurst, UK Centre for Events Management, Leeds Met University and Owen Grainger-Jones, International Centre for Crowd Management and Security Studies, Buckinghamshire New University.
They will join a cast of the event industry’s serial thinkers in talks specific to those embarking on their careers in the live event sector.
Undergraduates will be invited to discuss career routes and opportunities with representatives of event industry suppliers exhibiting at the show. A major recruitment drive in the sector is expected through the UK’s Decade of Events featuring; 2012 London Olympics, Cultural Olympiad, Diamond Jubilee, 2014 Commonwealth Games, and the UK’s blossoming festival industry.
Other thought leaders in the event sector over the course of the show will include Wayne Hemmingway, Bernard Doherty, Harvey Goldsmith and Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts.
Sarah Brownlee, Event Production Show organiser commented: “We are making a pledge of support for the UK’s emergent knowledge economy which should serve as a timely boost to the students in the wake of the recent tuition fees debate. Allocating a dedicated afternoon to our student visitor base will ensure nobody from experienced event organisers to our industry’s budding talent misses out.”
This post was submitted by Richard Garside.