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DRPG celebrates qualification of first UK national event apprentices

DRPG is celebrating after the qualification of two of its apprentices who have become the first in the UK to pass a national apprenticeship scheme for the events industry.

The two event assistant apprentices, Sarah Davitt and Sascha Lewis, have both been hired into full time employment with the creative communications group. Davitt has been employed as an account executive while Lewis is now a project coordinator with the Midlands-headquartered agency.

First launched in 2016, the scheme is the first and only scheme to be dedicated to events which is designed by professionals in the industry for the industry.

Lewis said: “It feels amazing to have completed my apprenticeship. It hasn’t been easy, but all of my hard work has paid off and I can’t wait to start building my career within DRPG.

“The best thing about the apprenticeship was learning whilst on the job, and now I’ve got a qualification at the end of it.”

Davitt said: “I am so happy to have finished my apprenticeship. Being able to study and gain experience in the event industry was exactly what I wanted. I feel like I have really started my career which not a lot of 20-year-olds can say.”

The pair were told they passed the course, promoted through the Event Management Apprenticeship Programme, in February with DRPG stating it will be considering more apprentices following their qualification.

The scheme, which currently has 48 event assistant apprentices nationally, delivers practical, real life, on-the-job training and experiences.

Dale Parmenter, CEO of DRPG, praised both for completing the apprenticeship. He said: “It is a great achievement to see Sarah and Sascha qualify, and to be the first two in the industry to do this is a fantastic milestone for them personally but also for the events industry as well.

“I’m looking forward to seeing them flourish within their new roles and supporting to deliver for our various clients. As always, I look forward to onboarding more apprentices whilst seeing our other cohorts develop and grow to with our business.”

Last month the company, now in its 39th year, was placed 29th in the Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work For.

Overall in 2017/18, there were 814,800 people participating in an apprenticeship in England, with 375,800 apprenticeship starts and 276,200 apprenticeship achievements.