The HBAA has announced the continuation of its National Placement Scheme in 2013, offering Event Management degree students an agreed structure of work experience opportunities with the association’s extensive collection of over 80 agent and 208 venue members. 

With the recent revelation that almost six in ten students finished university last summer without a job as a result of present global financial instability, the placement offers a way to provide students with a meaningful and valuable sandwich year in employment, whilst increasing the volume of young talent and enthusiasm into the event industry.

Etc.venues, Banks Sadler, Conference Care and Lime Venue Portfolio all took part in the first year of the HBAA National Placement Scheme. The HBAA has partnered with a number of educational establishments which offer four-year BA Honours degrees in Event Management throughout the country, such as the universities of Coventry, London Metropolitan, Bournemouth, Leeds Metropolitan, the University of Greenwich and Oxford Brookes University.

One full year of the degree course is taken up by the work placement, which typically commences between June and August and lasts for 52 weeks. Shorter six month placements may also be available, and companies adhere to a Code of Practice, established for the benefit of all participating parties and the industry as a whole. Students can engage in a variety of tasks, ranging from dealing with enquiries and supporting event management teams to assisting in large-scale national events and client liaison.

Amy Bowden is in the midst of her year-long placement at Lime Venue Portfolio whilst studying for a BA Honours in Event Management at Leeds Metropolitan University. She said: “Within the events industry, experience is critical. Working at Lime Venue Portfolio through the HBAA National Placement Scheme has given me opportunities some people would only dream of, such as working at Club France during the 2012 Olympics. 

“As this is the first time I have had experience within the industry, it has been extremely beneficial to understand events from a sales, operations and marketing perspective and has enabled me to see where my strengths are best utilised. This has been a huge stepping stone in my personal development and I am really looking forward to see what the next months have in store!”

Chris Parnham, Chairman of the HBAA, commented: “It’s absolutely fantastic that the HBAA is able to offer young Event Management Degree students the opportunity to gain experience within the industry in such a tough economic climate. These students have real future employment potential and it’s inexcusable that it could be going to waste; we would like to build on last year’s success and get even more HBAA members involved in offering placements.”

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Notes to Editors: 

  • HBAA is the trade association for the hotel booking agency and venue community.
  • Formed in 1997, the association currently has 80 agency and 205 venue members.
  • Member agents are specialists whose core business involves booking hotels, serviced apartments, conferences and events on behalf of their corporate and public sector clients.
  • Member venues are comprised of the leading hotel chains, serviced apartment operators, training centres and independent hotels and venues.
  • HBAA strategy is driven by an Executive committee of industry figureheads who oversee separate committees including: technology, memberships, marketing & PR, events, serviced apartments and education.
  • Twitter: @HBAA2013