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.
“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.