Since March this year Crewsaders have been busy working behind the scenes with the Prince’s Trust and Hartlebury based creative communications company DRPG, in engineering a short ‘Get Into Events’ programme. The first ever events specific programme would see a group of unemployed young people within the West Midlands region gain key industry experience, training and skills with the end possibility of an offer of employment with premium crewing company, Crewsaders.
As a CSR marker, Crewsaders had wanted to spearhead a positive community project and combine that with a strategic local recruitment drive. Managing Director of Crewsaders Jeremy Berryman stated:
“To launch the first ever events sector training and employability programme with The Prince’s Trust was always going to be special. To do so within the region of our flagship office just made it that touch more so. The Get Into Events Partnership with The Prince’s Trust was the perfect opportunity to create something unique within our home city and I couldn’t be prouder of the Crewsaders team and all of our partners it making it a huge success”.
Following an initial ‘taster day’ recruitment drive for the programme on the 7th August, the ‘Get Into Events’ Partnership launched on the 13th – 15th August and saw twelve eager and enthusiastic young people between the ages of 16 – 30 participate in an insightful, educational and inspiring three-day course.
Day one consisted of educational insights into events, an overview of Crewsaders, soft communication workshops and team building activities. Day two took the shape of practical training and assessments covering a wide range of crewing skills hosted by DRPG and delivered by Crewsaders. On the final day, formal interviews were scheduled and attended by all participants. To mark the successful completion of the programme, a celebration was had by everyone involved in the project.
In terms of positive outcomes, all of the young people involved took away new skills and valuable work experience from the programme. Of the twelve young people who participated an impressive eight jobs were offered by Crewsaders and all were swiftly accepted.
Josh Bryan, 28, was one of those hopeful eight and on learning of his employment offer commented: “It’s so great, seeing how this is now all coming together for me is really exciting and I’m thrilled to be offered this new start with Crewsaders!”
Another hugely successful recruit is 26 year old Kevin Mannion who told us, “I felt ecstatic, I’m really excited to start working with the crew. The Prince’s Trust and Crewsaders have done a fantastic job in creating this opportunity for me and I’m very grateful. I’m going give it my best shot.”
Looking ahead within our industry, apprenticeships and gateways into all aspects of the events sector are on the up. Following the success of our Get Into Events Programme in Birmingham, we are excited to continue working in partnership with The Prince’s Trust to see where else we can replicate this working model to help support local unemployment within our working cities.
When commenting upon this experience Dewi Pritchard-Jones, Senior Head of Operations in the Central Region, The Prince’s Trust concluded,
If you are interested in partnering or collaborating with Crewsaders and The Prince’s Trust to help deliver our next programme, please contact Tom Barlow, Partnerships Co-ordinator at Crewsaders on Thomas@crewsaders.com – we’d love to hear from you!
“It’s been wonderful working with the Crewsaders team who did a brilliant job of delivering a really useful and enjoyable programme for the young people. The Prince’s Trust is very grateful to Crewsaders and all our partners who help us turn around the lives of young people and support them to live, learn and earn.”