Andrew Harrison is Director of the Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA), a trade body representing contractors and suppliers to the exhibition industry. ESSA is run by its members for the benefit of its members through an elected council of representatives, specialist working groups and a full time secretariat, which it shares with the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) and Association of Event Venues (AEV). ESSA co-ordinates joint working groups covering a range of issues into which all sides of the industry have an important input.
There wasn’t a precise moment when the event industry realised it had an issue with recruitment, so much as a growing realisation that school leavers and graduates weren’t considering the event industry as a career, and that the whole industry was becoming steadily less visible as a career path for young people.
Our members have recognised this within their own…
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