MPI UK&I opens applications for the Events Apprenticeship Support Scheme

MPI UK&I opens applications for the Events Apprenticeship Support Scheme

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MPI UK & Ireland, the local chapter of the largest global meetings and events association, announced at International Confex 2018 that MPI Events Apprenticeship Support Scheme has opened for applications.

The new scheme will provide a grant of up to £2,500 to an event industry business who has employed an apprentice through the new Government-backed Events Assistant Trailblazer standard. The scheme is backed by the MPI Foundation and the grant is made using funds raised at The Meeting Show Post Event Party held in June 2017.

The grant includes funding for external training from an accredited provider, annual MPI membership for the apprentice and their mentor, plus registration costs and expenses towards attendance at MPI UK & Ireland’s educational events for one year.

To qualify, employers should have a turnover of less than £10m per year, the apprentice must have an employment contract and have successfully passed a three-month probationary period, and the apprentice must be paid at least the national minimum wage.

Jane Baker, president of the MPI UK&I Chapter, said: “We are delighted to open applications for the new MPI Events Apprenticeship Support Scheme. This is the latest in a number of initiatives designed by MPI UK & Ireland to encourage new talent into the events industry. We hope businesses from across our sector take advantage of the new scheme and we look forward to announcing the winner later in the year.”

Applications for the 2018 award opened 28 February and will close on 31 March. The winner will be announced in April 2018.

Application forms can be obtained from

5 Ways You Should Be Using Music at Your Event

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SongDivision CEO, Andy Sharpe partnered with the Event Manager Blog to present ‘5 Ways You Should Be Using Music at Your Event’. Full of great advice backed by science, Andy shares tips on improving your event with music that won’t cost you a cent, but will have a significant impact.  Check it out at 

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A decade of success for Manchester Central

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Manchester Central is celebrating a decade of success since the venue rebranded.

The building originally served as a passenger rail station before reopening as the city’s dedicated exhibition venue in 1986; Manchester International Convention Centre was added in 2001 before the two venues were combined and renamed as Manchester Central in 2007.

Angie Robinson, outgoing CEO of Manchester Central, said: “It has been a truly successful decade for Manchester Central. Our financial results for 2016 were the strongest they’ve ever been, putting our experienced team of professionals in the prime position to further enhance Manchester Central’s offer throughout the next 10 years and continue to lead the industry.”

The venue is sharing highlights of the last 10 years using #MC10 on Twitter and Instagram.

Angie will be retiring from full-time employment in June and Shaun Hinds will take on the role of CEO at Manchester Central next month.

Introducing the 2016-17 Board of Directors

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The new MPI UK & Ireland board of directors is announced and starting their 2016-17 board (slate year) on 1 July 2016. The calendar of chapter events for the year promises a mix of educational and networking events.

Chapter President will be president Jane Baker (Commercial Director, 2Heads). Richard Parker (Healthcare American Express M&E) continues his board involvement as Past President.

Jane Baker comments: “The year ahead promises to be a very exciting one for MPI. As a result of membership feedback, we have a number of new global and local initiatives on track to launch in the coming months that will offer flexibility and added value for MPI members. The new UK & Ireland board includes 10 experienced industry professionals who will lead these developments. Additionally, this year’s board has a 50/50 gender split ensuring our leadership team reflects the fantastic diversity of the UK & Ireland events industry”.

Deborah Kelly, Business Development Manager, UK for London & Partners and newly appointed VP Communications for MPI, said: “We all have a part to play in developing our industry and making it even greater. I am grateful to be given the opportunity to contribute to the UK and Ireland Chapter of MPI and I look forward to working with all the board members to promote MPI’s activity to our members.”

The full board structure is detailed below and will be effective as of 1 July 2016.

  • President – Jane Baker, 2Heads
  • Past President – Richard Parker, American Express M&E
  • VP Education –Jackie Mulligan, UK Centre for Events Management
  • Deputy VP Education – Sue Massey, Grass Roots Meetings & Events
  • VP Finance – Tarquin Scadding-Hunt, MD Group
  • VP Communications – Deborah Kelly, London & Partners
  • VP Membership – Richard Allchild, IMEX Group
  • Deputy VP Membership – Adam Said, TFI Group
  • Deputy VP Communications – Judy Elvey, Cvent
  • Chapter Manager – Hamish Reid, Cordate Solutions

The Meetings Show to deliver CMP credits

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The Meetings Show’s education programme will help individuals earn or maintain the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) certification – the leading, industry wide professional qualification. The Meetings Show is achieving this by working with the Convention Industry Council to become a CMP Preferred Provider.

The Convention Industry Council’s Karen Kotowski comments: “We are delighted that the CMP qualification continues to gain so much traction and recognition around the world. It is the industry’s premiere qualification and a demonstration of the credibility of CIC’s education programme. The Meetings Show’s decision to be a CMP Preferred Provider places them amongst a core group of world leading education providers and we look forward to seeing the content they deliver in June.”

“The CMP qualification is arguably the most robust demonstration of an individual’s commitment to their personal development and professionalism and we are delighted to be providing a variety of sessions supporting them,” comments Steve Knight, The Meetings Show’s Event Director. “MPI UK & Ireland is a committed supporter of this scheme, I’m delighted that we are too, and I encourage other industry education providers to do the same. Education and learning are at the very heart of our offering as we bring people together to develop new opportunities and feed their minds. With more than 80 education sessions available at The Meetings Show, there really is something for everyone and we look forward to welcoming current and prospective CMPs to the show in June.”

Jane Baker, president elect of MPI UK & Ireland adds: “MPI, both globally and here in the UK and Ireland continually works to develop professionalism within the meetings industry, which is why we are such strong supporters of the CMP scheme. We welcome the fact that The Meetings Show has decided to accredit their education programme as it demonstrates their desire to deliver high end content of genuine value. We have worked closely with the Show over the last couple of years and continue to do so in 2016, encouraging our members to attend, join the education and develop themselves and their careers.”

To be approved for CMP credits each session is rigorously assessed by the Convention Industry Council to ensure quality and credibility of the content. Sessions have to be aligned with learning objectives in one of the following areas:

• Strategic Planning
• Project Management
• Risk Management
• Financial Management
• Human Resources
• Stakeholder Management
• Meeting or Event Design
• Site Management
• Marketing
• Professionalism

With more than 80 education sessions during the three days of The Meetings Show from 14-16 June at Olympia, as well as further content taking place as part of the Association Meetings Conference on 13 June at Church House, Westminster; there are a wealth of opportunities for those working towards or looking to maintain their CMP certification.

Organised by Centaur Live (a division of Centaur Media Plc), The Meetings Show is the premier event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry, taking place 14-16 June 2016 at Olympia, London. Organised by meeting professionals for meeting professionals it is focused around a large exhibition, networking opportunities and professional education.

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