FESTIVALS AND EVENTS Education, training and CPD provision
The research is being undertaken by the UK Centre for Events Management, based as Leeds Metropolitan University
This Centre is the largest and longest established centre of events management education in the UK and provides undergraduate, post graduate and CPD for industry. It was awarded Centre of Excellence by the National Skills Academy in 2009 and is home to the Yorkshire Events Network and the Yorkshire Festivals Network. Research is undertaken on behalf of industry partners to regional and national policy makers.
The aims of the research funded by WYLLN was to audit provision of festival and events education regionally; consult with industry on educational needs and requirements; identify gaps in training provision and publish findings to help identify progression routes in the region.
This was achieved by firstly doing desk-based research to set context of event courses on offer; review of event/ festival recruitment advertising and review related research.
The next stage was to consult with training providers and industry partners on existing provision; entry requirements; study modes; fees and funding; specialist roles in organisations; qualifications and experience sought and CPD undertaken by staff and volunteers working in festivals.
Over the next few months when all information is collated, there will be a
publication detailing the progression routes to start and progress careers with the events and festival sector. In addition a short course and subject development programme will be devised to address gaps in the regional provision.
The initial findings reveal so far that there are :
57 foundation degrees in region with modules related to events / festival discipline - 3862 nationally (average of 69 in other regions)
4 foundation degrees that are events/festivals specific - 45 nationally
21 degree qualifications in Yorkshire and Humber in events / festivals - 356 nationally (average of 32 per region)
The courses are predominantly full time
None are currently available on line
There is a need for a central resource to pool training available
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For further information please contact Leila Jancovich, Senior Lecturer, Leeds Metropolitan University; firstname.lastname@example.org
Or Julia Calver; Culture, Media, Sports & the Arts; Hospitality; Tourism & Leisure; West Yorkshire Lifelong Learning Network J.email@example.com