Creative leaders are championing calls for more work experience opportunities to encourage young talent into the event sector.
By way of example, as part of a UK-wide search for a talented student designer, Olivier Vallee, vice president/commercial director at marketing agency George P Johnson, is heading up a panel of industry experts to judge the ‘Talent of the Future’ competition.
Run by global exhibition and event company Nimlok, it’s an opportunity for design students to win three months of work experience and comes on the back of news that some 12 per cent of 2011’s art and design graduates are still unemployed.
“We all too often think that experience is key, but in our industry it is about being creative and pushing the boundaries of what we do,” Vallee said. “Young fresh-thinking minds are essential to evolving the sector.
“We need to look at how we can create more opportunities like ‘Talent for the Future’ to give graduates a foothold in industry. It is a very different experience trying to get a job these days and we need to capture the talent that is out there and nurture it so the sector continues to break new ground.”
Students interested in entering the Talent of the Future competition should visit www.nimlok.co.uk for more information. The deadline for entries is January 31, 2013.