So what is Event Management?
Events managers make things happen at events all over the country, including entertainment events such as concerts, festivals, exhibitions and conferences and sporting events. Events ignite ideas and knowledge and create and enrich the communities they serve. They bring investment to the country and local communities.
The events industry is huge and has an urgent need for new people. It is worth over £36bn each year to the UK economy. It is made up of over 25,000 businesses, many small and entrepreneurial. It employs more than half a million people and brings 7 million visitors to the UK every year.
It is hardly surprising that so many young people are really keen to get into the industry and why The Watford UTC has decided to provide the education and technical skills needed.
Watford UTC Director Lorraine Davenport has developed our THEM curriculum (Travel & Tourism and Events Management). Lorraine’s background in hospitality, tourism and events started with Thomson Holidays, KLM and Scandinavian Airlines and then she managed a large and very successful travel agency before her entrepreneurial flair led to her owning a hospitality catering company. She made the move from industry to education at Barnet and Southgate College where she championed development of the curriculum. Lorraine took her Master’s degree in International Management of Hospitality and Tourism at Middlesex University.
Our THEM Students plan, pitch and put on events every term, and have seen great success. From the annual Macmillan Coffee Morning arranged by Year 10, to our Great British Pop-Up Restaurant, to the ambitions Cocktails and Canapes event held in the Houses of Parliament, students get first hand experience in planning menus, creating promotional material, budgeting and writing risk assessments, as well as working as a team to pull it all off on the day.