By Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia , 23 February, 2018

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has called on the Business Events industry to employ entry level staff through a new traineeship program developed with TAFE NSW and Apprenticeship Support Australia.

This was the major message of the Association at the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) in Melbourne.

EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio said that the Business Events industry must take responsibility for making the sector an employer of choice. She said the new traineeship opportunities developed specifically to attract entry level staff to the sector were an historic opportunity to leverage Government support for attracting staff.

“We are immensely proud of the partnership we have developed with two key agencies in the education and employment services sectors.

“We urge the industry to act now and employ trainees in order to feed the employment pipeline and address the skills and labour shortage in the sector.”

TAFE NSW Deputy Regional General Manager, Paul Williams, has welcomed the opportunity to work with the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) to deliver provide training solutions to address skill shortages.

“TAFE NSW is the education and training innovator and is investing in the future of education by meeting the needs of industry.

“For the business events sector to reach its full potential, it needs a pipeline of skilled talent. TAFE NSW teachers ensure that students are equipped with practical, job-ready skills.” Mr Williams said.

The EEAA and TAFE NSW will be on stand 1840 at AIME 2018 to discuss the traineeship opportunities with industry.

At its AIME Press Conference, the EEAA released data on the business landscape for 2018.

Ms DiMascio said the findings of the EEAA Survey of Members showed that 67% of Organisers and 87.5% of Venues planned to launch at least one new show in 2018. She said of those who are planning a new show in 2018, at least 43% expect they will deliver two or more new shows over the coming year.

“The findings signal that the industry is constantly evolving. It also shows that our sector is nimble and responsive, creating exciting new marketplaces to meet the needs of emerging and new industries.” Ms DiMascio said.

“For example, of the new shows planned for 2018, 35% are technology-based, with a focus on space and satellite technology, and cybersecurity and last year, we saw a new show specifically for drones.”

The key findings from the survey include:

2018 outlook

  • 66.6% of Organisers and Association Organisers, and 87.5% of Venues plan to deliver or host new exhibitions in 2018, with expectations there will be more new trade shows than consumer shows
  • 43% of Organisers and Association Organisers plan to deliver two or more new shows in 2018, and 86% of those organisers plan to include a paid or free conference/seminar component to their exhibition
  • The most popular sectors for new shows are technology (35%) and health & wellbeing (35%)
  • Other sectors that will be home to new shows in 2018 are space & satellite, science / health, pet, accommodation, design, home, and lifestyle

2017 performance

  • 40.9% of Organisers and Association Organisers, and 87.5% of Venues delivered or hosted new exhibitions in 2017
  • 55.5% of Organisers and Association Organisers that delivered new exhibitions, delivered two new shows or more
  • 9.5% of Organisers and Association Organisers retired a show in 2017 (all consumer)
  • There were equal numbers of new trade and consumer shows across a diverse range of industry sectors, including drones, retail, gift & homewares, build, design, safety, manufacturing, pet, recreation, waste, food & beverage, wellbeing, lifestyle & health, and accounting, finance & professional services
  • Close to 30% of Organisers and Association Organisers either acquired or sold a trade or consumer show in 2017

Source: EEAA