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Events manager

Alternative titles for this job include Conference and exhibition manager

Events managers organise and run conferences, exhibitions, promotional, business and social events.

Average salary (a year)

£21,000 Starter

to

£50,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays away from home

How to become

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How to become an events manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • volunteering
  • applying directly

University

You do not have to have a degree to become an events manager though it may improve your prospects if you have a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in subjects like:

  • events management
  • marketing
  • communications
  • hospitality management
  • leisure and tourism
  • business management

University courses often include work placements, which will help you get practical experience and develop contacts in the industry.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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College

There is no set entry route to become an events manager but it may be useful to do a relevant course like:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Event Planning
  • Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Event Management
  • Level 3 Diploma in Live Events and Promotion

Some courses in travel and tourism may include an events planning option.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

You could get started in the conference and events industry through an events assistant advanced apprenticeship or a hospitality management higher apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Work

You could start as an admin or marketing assistant in a conference management, marketing or public relations company and work your way up through training and promotion.

Volunteering

Paid or unpaid work as a crew member at large events or exhibitions can be a good way to get experience, build contacts and learn about unadvertised vacancies in the industry.

Look out for local announcements for volunteering opportunities or search on Do It.

Direct Application

You can apply directly if you have 2 to 3 years' experience of working in areas like public relations, marketing or hospitality.

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Career tips

Employers will usually look for relevant experience and strong transferable skills like organising, budget management and marketing. Any experience you can gain in industries like hotel conference and banqueting, travel, sales, PR or fundraising can be especially useful.

Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Association of Event Organisers and Eventia for training opportunities and to make industry contacts.

Further information

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What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • leadership skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • maths skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this job you will:

  • discuss what type of event the client wants
  • come up with original ideas for events
  • agree budgets and timescales with the client
  • research venues, contacts and suppliers, and negotiate prices
  • book venues, entertainment, equipment and supplies
  • hire and supervise contractors like caterers and security
  • oversee the design of publicity material and promote events
  • sell exhibition stand space and arrange sponsorship deals
  • follow health, safety and insurance regulations
  • make sure everything runs smoothly on the day

Working environment

You could work in an office, at events, at a venue or at a client's business.

Your working environment may be physically active, you'll travel often and you may spend nights away from home.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience and a good track record, you could run events that have larger budgets and eventually move into senior management.

You could also work freelance or set up your own conference or events management business.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Public & Private Event Assistant Apprentice

  • Wage: £8,945.00 Annually
  • Location: London

Events Assistant Apprentice

  • Wage: £179.37 - £215.25 Weekly
  • Location: Alcester

Courses In England

Certificate in Event Planning Level 2

  • Provider: RNN GROUP
  • Start date: 07 February 2022
  • Location: Rotherham

CIM Level 4 Award in Planning Campaigns

  • Provider: MILTON KEYNES COLLEGE
  • Start date: 08 March 2022
  • Location: Milton Keynes

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