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Mice Net : August 2009
during the gFC the importance of training Education and training has come a long way in the past decade, and the business events industry has benefited from increased emphasis on vocational education and training. worse. Twelve to 18 months ago it was almost impossible to hire skilled staff in this industry. Whilst this is not the case today, this is only due to the current economic downturn. The fact is we still only have a low percentage of skilled staff, just less positions available. We may have even less skilled labour when the economy recovers as employers are not sending their staff to training at the moment. MEA is a Registered Training Organisation, with a focus on training those already working in the industry. Many sectors of our industry employ people with fabulous skills that should be upgraded and formalised against a qualification. If we continue to suffer an industry skills shortage, the industry as a whole will suffer. MEA is addressing workforce skills and education issues during the economic downturn by: • Expanding our professional development programs • Working to keep our professional development and education D espite this, in June 2004 the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations defined a range of shortages in skills within the events industry which has gradually become programs as affordable as possible • Researching and running out new and innovative training ideas • Strengthening our professional relationships with secondary and tertiary institutions • Building relationships with higher education providers • Running mentoring programs • Running accreditation and recognition programs • Facilitating state and national awards programs At MEA our greatest concern is that the industry will find itself in a chronic skills shortage once again when the economy starts to recover and there are more jobs available. It is human nature that people are more inclined to remember the not so good experiences and if we suffer a chronic skills shortage, there could be many of these not so good experiences for our international and domestic conference delegates within the many sectors of our industry. A lack of care, customer service, or skill once the conference delegate is in our hands will undo the good work done by those marketing Australia as a destination for events in a very short time. MeA lAunChes new website MEa is ExcitEd to launch its brand new website in line with MEa’s new brand. The decision to upgrade the MEA website is in keeping with MEA’s general policy of ongoing improvement and development. The new website with a user-friendly design will be easy to navigate with additional features and some new and exciting initiatives for members. It will include regular industry updates, ongoing research articles, new mentor programs and industry webcasts from professional development sessions around Australia. Not only will the new website be upgraded in terms of its usability but it will also be visually appealing with images from MEA networking events, committee profiles and videos from events and industry meetings. We are also really excited to launch MEABooks which will be incorporated into the website giving members the opportunity to build on their professional development skills by purchasing an extensive range of books which will cover topics including event management, sales, marketing, finance and many more. Members will still be able to register for events online, have access to the members’ sections where they can update their details, view their PD point history, post job vacancies to the job section, access presentations from conference sessions, and much more. At MEA we are really excited about this upgrade and we invite you to visit our website regularly to keep updated and informed about your industry mice.net 83