MEA's Academy receives government funding for training
The local events industry is looking to a brighter future thanks to the injection of much-needed NSW Government funds to the Australian Events Academy, the training arm of Meetings & Events Australia.
The financial assistance follows ongoing lobbying from MEA over concerns the industry was facing a skills shortage.
MEA chief executive officer Linda Gaunt constantly warned of a potential shortage in what was a very competitive global industry.
“Such sizeable funding will enable employees over numerous regions in NSW the opportunity to undertake education to assist them with their future career aspirations within the industry,” said Linda.
“Participants will be able to undertake full qualifications for a minimal fee as the majority of the qualification attracts funding,” she said.
“Such assistance will provide a fabulous opportunity for the industry to go forward and compete in the world market.”
The Australian Events Academy (AEA) is a registered training organisation dedicated to the education and training of students for the events industry – by the events industry.
In lobbying for support Linda said the events industry needed to train more people to improve the industry’s overall competitiveness on the domestic and international stage.
“Our work to become a registered training organisation and our continuous improvement regime has paid off,” said Linda. “This funding will be for education of the existing workers in the industry,” she said.
“As an industry body and registered training organisation we value this (funding) very much. We also value the ongoing commitment of our industry supporters and we are pleased to be able to repay them with the opportunity for invaluable education.”