The Australian Events Academy (AEA) has graduated its largest class of Diploma of Events students to date at last night’s Graduation ceremony.
The purpose of the Diploma of Events course is to help our industry plan better events. With experienced event professionals facilitating the students and passionate experts providing technical knowledge, the graduates are now well equipped to advance their career in events.
‘We have 50 new graduates who have developed skills, knowledge and networks to help them plan better events. This will help reduce the skills shortage in our industry and is a promising sign of things to come for the AEA’, Linda Gaunt, CEO of Meetings and Events Australia.
Held at the Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour, the evening was a celebration of the achievements of the group and each individual student.
The course curriculum provides students with a solid foundation of the latest event planning techniques, planning documents and resources. While there is a lot of theory, our class facilitators make this theory come to life with case studies, excursions and group activities.
“I have been working in the industry for many years and this Diploma has given me new resources, information and invaluable networks to help me get better outcomes for my clients.” Gerard Ryan, Managing Director, Fabmosphere and one of this year’s graduates.
The AEA would not have been able to provide the students with the best possible content without the support from industry experts and technical specialists. These specialists include representatives from AV1, Arinex, Sydney Exhibition Centre at Glebe Island, Staging Connections, E-Touches and Benchmarque Hospitality and Event Recruitment.
From the feedback sessions held with the students, the AEA has been able to qualify the course as an outstanding success and gain valuable insight on how to make it even better.
‘Based on the feedback of our students and the success of this year’s Sydney based course , we are building plans to offer certified training and development programs to the national membership of MEA and the broader industry’, Simon Shaw, AEA Program Director.
With plans currently being finalised for 2015, the AEA is looking forward to assisting more industry professionals plan better events in the new year.
Click here to view the photos from the night with thanks to EventPix. The Academy has today launched an AEA Alumni page on Facebook so that the students, facilitators and supporters of the graduating class can continue.