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The future of volunteering in events management education


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The future of volunteering in events management education

  1. 1. Slaves becoming masters?The future of volunteering in events management education<br />Charles Bladen & James Kennell<br />
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  4. 4. Traditional vocational model<br />Employers<br />HEI<br />Partnership<br />Academic study<br />Practical experience<br />Synergy<br />Events Management graduate<br />
  5. 5. <ul><li>Massive increase in supply of volunteering opportunities
  6. 6. Growth of internship route
  7. 7. Economic crisis = costs savings
  8. 8. Direct access to students via social media and direct marketing
  9. 9. Pulsating organisations
  10. 10. Big society?
  11. 11. Pressures on HE
  12. 12. Increased teaching workloads
  13. 13. Increase in student numbers</li></li></ul><li>Current scenario<br />Employers<br />HEI<br />Academic study<br />Practical experience<br />Events Management graduate<br />
  14. 14. Why does this matter?<br />Little is known about volunteering activities at events (Baum and Lockstone 2007)<br />Little research into volunteer outcomes (Bladen 2008), let alone contribution to HE achivement<br />Accounts of volunteering vary dramatically (Bladen 2010)<br />
  15. 15. Isn’t it up to students to work this out?<br />HEIs give time, resources and access to employers<br />HEIs develop skills of potential volunteers<br />HEIs often make work experience central to assessments<br />Resources to manage ‘placements’ vs. ‘volunteering opportunities’<br />Duty Of Care issues unresolved<br />
  16. 16. Future<br /><ul><li>Impacts of volunteers and interns on employment markets
  17. 17. Increased pressure on HEIs to demonstrate work experience opportunities and employability (HE white paper)
  18. 18. Access to volunteering unevenly distributed socially – espec after £9K fees rise?</li>