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Event Planning Essentials

  • Level(s) of Study: Professional / Short course
  • Course Fee:

    Available at no cost to eligible individuals (see criteria below).

  • Start Date(s): Next course dates to be announced soon.
  • Duration: Next course dates to be announced soon.
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
  • Campus:
  • Entry Requirements:
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Please note: This course is delivered through the Enterprising Ashfield project, which is funded by the Government's Towns Fund. Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is pleased to offer free (fully funded) places on this course to support individuals and employees of businesses that are based in the towns of Kirkby-in-Ashfield and Sutton-in-Ashfield.

The standard fee would normally be £295.

On this course you will learn the essential skills to run successful events, conferences, and product launches.

It’s an ideal introduction for anyone curious about events; whether you’re planning an event at work, preparing to enter the workplace, or looking to change careers.

With a limited number of places on the course, you'll have the one-to-one attention you need to ensure you leave with the skills to continue developing your skills at home or work.

What you’ll study

What you'll study:

This course will give you an insight into the world of events and inspire you with the confidence to execute events successfully.

During this course you will cover the following topics:

  • event language and commonly used terminology: a look at the most used phrases and language in the event world to help understand how event professionals conduct themselves in their day-to-day activities.
  • event professionals: consider the different career options in events from Venue Finders to Full-Service Event Planners and more specialised areas - including Weddings, Team Building and Corporate Hospitality.
  • event types and formats: from awards ceremonies to training and symposiums, you’ll look at the wide range of events taking place locally, nationally, and internationally every day.
  • timelines and planning essentials: look at the schedule event professionals need to adopt to successfully deliver events and the key stages that are needed. You will look at examples of amazing events where the planning clearly paid off and some not so successful events, where a failure in the planning lead to a disastrous delivery.
  • maintaining an education in events: the fun side of the event industry is familiarisation and educational trips, keeping up to date with an ever-evolving industry and new hotels and venues.

What will I gain?

By the end of the course you’ll have gained an understanding of the process in planning events in a variety of settings and the knowledge of what a profession in events can entail.

You will have also developed the skills needed to complete the Event Planning and Management course afterwards, to confidently plan and deliver an event to a professional standard.

You’ll also receive a certificate of attendance when you complete the course, which is a great way to enhance your CV.

How you’re taught

In-person from the Summit Centre in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.

Contact hours

Next course dates to be announced soon.

Tutor profile: Paula Kelsey

Paula is an experienced event and marketing professional and has run hundreds of corporate events and awards ceremonies over the past thirty years.

Her experience in the sector has covered everything from advertising to aerospace, design to digital marketing, medical conferences to food industry trade shows.

Paula also runs her own business, Cloud 9 Event Management, delivering events for the public and private sector.

Paula also is the chair of the Alliance of Independent Event Agencies and is a Board Member on the UK Awards Standards Council.

An experienced public speaker, Paula often contributes to the trade press and is asked to speak at industry events and trade shows.

Entry requirements

No previous experience is necessary.

To be eligible for a place, you must live or work in the towns of Kirkby-in-Ashfield or Sutton-in-Ashfield. To check if your home or work postcode is eligible visit the Enterprising Ashfield postcode checker page.

Fees and funding

This course is available at no cost to eligible participants.

How to apply

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If you have any questions about this course, you can email or call us at +44 (0)115 848 2813.