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Editorial Features

Industry workforce research launched for post Brexit Britain

Published: 21 Aug 2018

The UK Events Industry Board Talent Taskforce has launched a research programme that will assess how the sector attracts, develops and retains its talent. 

In support of the Government’s Business Visits and Events strategy, the research will examine current skills, training and education and HR processes.

It will provide recommendations to the Events Industry Board (EIB) as to how a sustainable, competitive, highly-skilled workforce can be developed in a post-Brexit environment.

Sarah Wright, Chair of the EIB Talent Taskforce said: “We believe the UK leads the world - both as a destination and as a provider of event management services - but it’s essential that our industry recruits and keeps the best people if we are to remain competitive on a global scale. Our research will seek evidence on everything from skills gaps to industry HR processes."

The package of qualitative and quantitative research is being undertaken in collaboration with UK events industry trade associations whose members represent the exhibitions sector, business and corporate, and major international events.  

Wright added: “We’re collating data from existing research and gathering new evidence from across the industry. Our research takes the form of an online survey to be completed by employers by early September, together with a series of round-table discussions.” 

Around 30 in-depth telephone interviews are also being conducted with industry leading employers to explore the potential implications of a UK Events Industry skills shortage and impact of Brexit on the sector. 

The research also includes a study on global competitiveness of the Events Industry workforce and the critical interdependencies with other sectors such as tourism and hospitality, catering, venues and hotels, which are currently outside the scope of the in-depth employers’ survey. 

It is expected that the final report will be completed early in the New Year and will also include input from a broader range of bodies including the Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP), VisitBritain and the Tourism Industry Council.

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By Mike Fletcher

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