Future Event Leaders plugs talent shortage in events industry

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Four event professionals have set up a platform to link industry newcomers with job placements and work experience. 

Priya Narain, Naomi Hollas, Gemma Gilbert and Sasha Green have set up Future Event Leaders, a marketplace for placement and work experience opportunities for industry newcomers across all event sectors. It is driven by two community initiatives that aim to empower the next generation of event industry talent:

Event Grads ‐ a community and support network for event management students and graduates, Founded by Naomi Hollas in response to the pandemic, Event Grads provides community, content, and events for the next generation of event professionals to bridge the gap between academia and industry.

Event First Steps ‐ a not‐for‐profit company encouraging event industry newcomers to forge their own career path by hosting educational and social events to allow newcomers of all ages and abilities to build their networks and learn from industry heavyweights.

Future Event Leaders was formed in response to the lack of event industry‐specific placement and job opportunities that allow industry newcomers to gain work experience. The co-founders event industry experience ranges from event students, graduates, industry newcomers and experienced event professionals.

Co-founder Naomi Hollas said: “The industry calls for practical and first‐hand experience, which is why we believe it is vital to preset high quality, high‐value work experience and learning opportunities in a more accessible way to better prepare industry newcomers for entering the industry.”

The idea for Future Event Leaders stemmed from personal experiences and research highlighting

Future Event Leaders cofoundersCo-founders Priya Narain, Naomi Hollas, Emma Gilbert & Sasha Green.

that industry newcomers were feeling disadvantaged, unmotivated, and uninspired about their future careers due to the detrimental impact that COVID‐19 had on the event industry. This paired with the demand from organisations looking for engaged and proactive new talent, led to building the FEL platform.

The values of Future Event Leaders are:

Better Access ‐ Industry newcomers have a dedicated marketplace for event‐specific work opportunities and placements.

Better Quality ‐ High‐quality event‐specific work experience opportunities that allow industry newcomers to demonstrate their skills and expertise while learning and developing to better prepare them to enter the industry.

Better Value ‐ Through an effective vetting process, only viable work and placement opportunities will be posted through the marketplace.

Co-founder Sasha Green, said: “Our mission is to change the narrative around entry‐level and placement roles, and challenge the industries' reliance on unpaid work. To do this, we will only advertise roles that align with our values.

How does it work?

The marketplace encourages event organisations to advertise high quality, valuable, event specific job and placement opportunities with us. The opportunities are then shared with the engaged audience of industry newcomers who are actively seeking new prospects in the industry.

Co-founder Gemma Gilbert, said: “We have high hopes that it will be successful in supporting events management students, graduates and industry newcomers with opportunities, enabling them to gain industry‐specific experiences and help to propel their careers into the events industry.

Co-founder Priya Narain, added:“This will be achieved through the creation of relationships with event companies to address the importance and benefits of offering placement and work opportunities to new rising talent. As well as stressing the importance of believing in the new generation of future event professionals which will positively impact the development of the industry in the future.”

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A desire to travel led Holly Patrick to the business meetings and events world and she’s never looked back. Holly takes a particular interest in event sustainability and creating a diverse and inclusive industry. When she’s not working, she can be found rolling skating along Brighton seafront listening to an eclectic playlist, featuring the likes of Patti Smith, Sean Paul, and Arooj Aftab.

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