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EEAA and TAFE NSW Recognised For Industry Collaboration In NSW Training Awards
The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA), together with TAFE NSW, were recognised last night at the NSW Training Awards for developing the first dedicated exhibition and business events training program.
The partnership between the two organisations was honoured on stage along with two other finalists in the state’s premier awards night celebrating the highest achievers in Vocational Education and Training at a gala ceremony attended by over 400 people at the Sydney Town Hall.
The Excelling in Exhibitions training program which was developed to drive education, training and application of best practice in the exhibition sector was the result of close collaboration between the EEAA and TAFE NSW.
EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio thanked TAFE NSW for their passion for the industry and for being jointly recognised in the Industry Collaboration Award.
“We are honoured to be recognised at this prestigious event for the training sector and to receive our certificate from the Hon. Adam Marshall, Minister for Tourism and Major Events and Assistant Minister for Skills.”
“We thank the team at TAFE NSW including Paula Meyer and Kathleen Herd who have both played a leading role in the design and delivery of this opportunity for our sector.
Paula Meyer, Joyce DiMascio, Kathleen Herd at Town Hall
“Thank you also to the Department of Industry and Training Services NSW for recognising our joint efforts which have led to not only the development of Excelling in Exhibitions, but an ongoing partnership that continues to benefit our industry.” Ms DiMascio said.
Excelling in Exhibitions is an ongoing program featuring dynamic, industry focused content and has provided substantial value to EEAA members and others in the sector, by improving skills and knowledge and helping to provide career pathways.
“Excelling in Exhibitions was a great initiative that can only have positive impacts for the exhibition industry. Nowhere else could I find specific training created and delivered for exhibition practitioners,” said Eden Fridman, CEO of Expo Direct and one of the companies that has participated in the program.
EEAA and TAFE NSW, together with Apprenticeship Support Australia, earlier this year also launched an industry traineeship program targeting new entrants to the industry. The program was another first for the industry and was developed in response to the skills and labour shortages within the industry.
“These tailored traineeship programs are designed to attract new entrants to the industry and are another fantastic outcome of our collaboration with TAFE NSW.” Ms DiMascio said.
EEAA member, the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) was also named 2018 Large Employer of the Year.
The EEAA congratulates the winner of the Industry Collaboration Award, TAFE NSW & Central Coast Local Health District for their project Working together 'Caring for the Coast', and fellow finalists
Health & Safety Advisory Service Pty Ltd and CPB Contractors Pty Ltd for WestConnex Skills Legacy.
The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) is the peak industry Association representing Organisers, Association Organisers, Venues and Suppliers within the exhibition and event sector. EEAA has been recognised internationally for its industry advocacy by the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) and Exhibition World Magazine who awarded the EEAA the Global Exhibitions Day #GED Industry Impact Award in both 2018 and 2017.
The work of the Association and its Members is a testament to the Power of Exhibitions as a driver of the economy and in particular economic development, trade and export, employment, visitation and knowledge sharing. The EY study, The Value of Business Events to Australia, shows there are 2,157 exhibitions staged in Australia, attracting 9.3 million visitors and over 65,000 exhibitors. The total direct expenditure from exhibitions was $3.1 billion and these events contributed direct value add of $1.5 billion and generated over 21,000 full time equivalent jobs.
A not-for-profit organisation, EEAA works to ensure industry growth by encouraging high industry standards, promoting the professionalism of EEAA Members and highlighting the unique business opportunities that exist through exhibitions. Read more about EEAA at eeaa.com.au/who-we-are/our-association/.
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