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Ashfield Meetings & Events sees largest student intake yet

Ashfield Meetings & Events has this month welcomed its largest intake of students to its university placement scheme.

The scheme, now in its seventh year, provides undergraduates with the opportunity to blend their educational theory with vocational insight and experiences through a year-long work placement at the company. It’s gained a reputation for being one of the best in the industry thanks to its global reach, breadth of event types and award-winning training programme.

In March, students from various universities across the UK were invited to Ashfield Meetings & Events’ headquarters in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, to take part in a rigorous assessment process. During their visit, the students gained insight into the business, had a tour of the facilities and participated in group exercises, Q&As and individual presentations.

Seven students were selected for this year’s scheme – the largest intake to date, reflecting both Ashfield’s continued growth and its dedication to training the next generation of event planners. The seven will now join various departments across the company to play integral roles within their subsequent teams. The students selected were; Emma Preston (Sheffield Hallam University), Nadine Thring (University Of Plymouth), Catriona Dick (Sheffield Hallam University), Jemma Aylesbury (Sheffield Hallam University), Grace Tufnell (Leeds Beckett University) join the agency as project administrators while Skye Peat (Sheffield Hallam University) joins as a venue sourcing administrator and Ellie Taylor (University Of Lincoln) joins as junior 3D designer.

Helen Capelin, head of operational excellence, said: “We recognise that although the academic background is important, employees learn vital skills ‘on the job’. Our undergraduates completed a week long induction where they all demonstrated their enthusiasm and eagerness for joining our agency and industry, so we’re very pleased to offer these valuable placements to these lucky candidates.”

“We collaborated with Sheffield Hallam University earlier this year to give students insight into our business and the process of competing for new business in the events industry,” Helen continues. “It was fantastic seeing how engaged and enthused the students were during the project and of course, even more so having them pro-actively apply for a placement year with us.”