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Do you enjoy planning and organising activities? 

Would you like talking to people and helping them to realise their plans?

Then the events sector might suit you.

Key Facts

  •  The Events industry is a vibrant and booming business. It is worth £42.3 billion to the UK economy and supports over 570 000 full time jobs.
  • Demand for events is increasing and so there is a need for more people to work in this industry in the UK and across the world.
  • London is the most popular location for events in the UK.

Events is a big sector and  includes:

  • Business events - there were over 1.3 billion conferences in the UK in 2017 and this also includes exhibitions and trade fairs.
  • Outdoor events - there were over 7000 of these in the UK last year and include sporting events and festivals.
  • Music Festivals are big business - 27.7 billion people attended music events in the UK in 2017 and spent £2.3 billion
  • Nationwide charity fundraising events have also become a good way of raising money such as Race for Life
  • It also includes visitor attractions such as museums, theme parks,and hotels and sports grounds such as London Stadium. There are over 10, 000 different venues currently used for events in the UK.

Routes into this sector:

 There are so many jobs in events and so there are lots of pathways and qualifications you could take.

  • GCSEs in English and maths will help you get into this sector.
  • At 16 you could do A levels which are general academic subjects or develop your knowledge and skills through an apprenticeship or through a vocational qualification.
  • At 18 or 19 you could do a higher education/degree level course, with 8 out of 10 A level students choosing this pathway and half of all BTEC level 3 students. There are other routes into this career through an apprenticeship, vocational qualifications or full time job.

There are jobs in this sector where you can start with a few qualifications and learn on the job or through an apprenticeship such as a roadie or production assistant. There are other jobs where you will either need a degree or it will be beneficial; such as lighting design, marketing or event management. 

Use the Course Search

Use the relevant search options on our Course Search to find college and university courses as well as vacancies for apprenticeships.

More help finding Courses and Training

Do a free, short, online course to find out more (looks great on your CV too!)

Futurelearn have lots of free, short, online courses that will improve your knowledge of this job sector and improve .your chances of landing your dream job. Check out the available courses related to the skills required in the events sector.

Spotlight on Events Management

Event managers can be involved in anything from organising festivals and concerts to trade fairs and conferences in a variety of venues from hotels, concert halls, country parks to ships and private yachts.  

The events manager would plan the whole event in the months leading up to it.  

They would organise everything from transport, accommodation, catering, menu’s and entertainment to hiring staff and managing specific activities on the day, anywhere in the world. You could work for a single venue such as a hotel or for a company specialising in events working for a vast range of clients.  

An increase in tourism in the area has led to many people travelling to events such as Glastonbury for the festival or Bristol for the Balloon Fiesta, which boosts the local economy.

If you are well organised, dedicated and have an eye for detail it can provide an exciting career.  You also have to be confident and work well with people liaising regularly with your clients to provide everything they want and within the budget they have.  

Finally you need to be resilient and not afraid of long hours or working evenings and weekends but the rewards could mean you have the opportunity to work all over the world and meet lots of very interesting people. 

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