ICC Birmingham launches events work programme

The International Convention Centre (ICC) in Birmingham has launched a four-week work placement programme giving Events management students at the University College Birmingham (UCB) the opportunity to learn the events businees in a high profile venue. 

ICC event managers worked with UCB Careers and Employability adviser Helen Hook to set up the scheme called the Events and Marketing Work Placement Programme.

Successful applicants will get hands on experience of what it takes to ensure high profile meetings, conferences, dinners and product launches run smoothly.

Zoey Harris was the first recruit and helped to oversee the degree congregation for her own university. Zoey, 19, worked in every department at the ICC during her placement, including sales, marketing, graphics, catering, technical and security. She was also on duty when UCB held its annual higher education degree ceremony at the venue.

Zoey commented: “It is a very hands-on place to work and you get to see everything, as if you are doing the job.”

Helen Hook, UCB Careers and Employability adviser, said: “We have had a massive response from students interested in being considered for the four-week placement and we are excited about our collaborations with the ICC. Geographically, we are so close to each other in the city centre and it is great to be able to work together to develop our students’ career aspirations.

“Our aim is to have one student on the placement at any one time as part of a rolling four-week programme. Students who are interested in taking part should get in contact with a copy of their CV. The ICC will then hold an informal interview.”

ICC Event Manager, Karen Payne, said: “We are pleased to work with UCB to offer their students the opportunity to gain a real insight into the volume and breadth of work that goes into making sure all of the events at the ICC are a success for our clients.”

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