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14 April 2009

PLASA participates in key training debate

PLASA was one of the key participants in a recent debate, hosted by Director magazine, on the need for training during a recession.

Matthew Griffiths, PLASA's Chief Executive, was one of a specially invited panel which also featured Mary Curnock Cook, director of qualifications and skills at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, Mick Durham, co-founder of UKE Learning, Dave Hudson, the head of the Aero-Academy at Marshall Aerospace, Frances O'Grady, deputy general secretary of the TUC and Stephen Uden, head of skills and economic affairs at Microsoft.

The discussion focused on the issues caused by the recent economic crisis, rising unemployment and the importance of the UK developing and maintaining a skilled workforce if it is to achieve future growth. PLASA's view is that with clients looking for increased value for money, training in a recession is more vital than ever since a skilled workforce is not only a market differentiator, but an opportunity for businesses to secure market share.

PLASA, an active campaigner for the live events, entertainment and installation sectors, was invited to participate on the strength of its industry skills strategies and its appointment in April last year as an Awarding Body. The organisation is actively working to ensure skills in the sector are recognised and developed and is using its recently-launched National Rigging Certificate as the blueprint for a portfolio of qualifications addressing technical and creative skills.

The full text of the article can be found on the website below.

http://www.director.co.uk/MAGAZINE/2009/4%20April/round_table_62_9.html

Notes to Editors:

PLASA is the lead professional body for businesses that supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries. Operating from offices in Europe and North America, the Association provides business support services to its growing worldwide membership, writes industry standards, leads the development of qualifications and focuses on improving the business practices adopted by the industry. With over 1100 members worldwide, it represents one of the largest member networks in the industry.

PLASA also runs successful media and events divisions and is responsible for the industry-leading magazines Lighting&Sound International, Lighting&Sound America and Protocol and the PLASA Show in London, together with the European and North American regional PLASA Focus events.

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