Meetings & Events Australia has developed a new education and professional development model for the events industry. This model provides flexible learning in event management combining practical training from industry experts with online learning. This course is designed to enable students to manage their study around their work commitments.
Meetings & Events Australia has developed a new SIT50316 Diploma of Event Management that provides students throughout Australia with the opportunity to study what they want, at their own pace and in their own time from their desktop or mobile devices. Students can start the Diploma course anytime throughout the year and the curriculum also allows students to select the course subjects that best support their career goals.
Robyn Johnson CEO of Meeting & Events Australia said. “With the recent focus on vocational training it is critical that, as the events industry’s peak body, MEA continues to create and deliver vocational education and training for the Australian events sector that enhances and maintains professional standards to ensure long term sustainability”.
“The events industry is dynamic with variable and inconsistent work requirements throughout the year. This course has been designed to be flexible so that students can manage their study around their work commitments“, Ms Johnson added.
Students will be supported by an experienced trainer who will guide and assist them in completing the course. Two day workshops addressing specific units will be scheduled every ten weeks for students to attend in person or via an online link. These Workshops will provide practical knowledge and showcase case studies and experiences from experts working in the events industry. The Workshops will also be open to non-diploma students, who simply wish to update their skills and gain new knowledge.
Diploma students will receive an annual MEA Student Membership giving them access to our professional development and networking events at reduced rates.
The Diploma course is part of the career pathway offered by Meetings & Events Australia to grow and nurture young event professionals. This pathway includes professional development, mentor and scholarship programs to build on the skills needed by the industry.
Findings of the recent Australian Workplace Skills Shortage Survey of the Events Industry organised by MEA, highlighted a large skills gap in the sector for experienced event managers at both the mid and senior levels.
“While there are large numbers of young event professionals entering the events sector, too many are leaving after a few years. The survey identified a number of reasons why this is occurring one of the biggest factors was the perceived lack of a career path and the absence of access to professional development opportunities”, commented Ms Johnson.
“This points to a lack of investment in upskilling and training junior staff throughout industry and the need for appropriate external education and professional development programs. For the events industry to develop its talent and to ensure a strong and healthy sector, organisations need to look at their teams’ training requirements“.
MEA believes the long term benefits of this investment will ensure improved delivery of events, reduced turnover of staff and a stronger and sustainable event industry for Australia.
For more information on the MEA’s Education Program and the Diploma of Event Management, visit the website.