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Networking opportunities as part of VENI tourism skills and education project

The VENI project is rolling out opportunities to support business within the hospitality and tourism sectors across Norfolk and Suffolk with the first in a series of networking events.

Over the next 2 years £2.5million is being invested into the visitor economy to help change the perception of it being low paid, long and unsociable hours, or a stop gap between studying. Beside a host of free and subsidised training courses which businesses can make good use of to upskill and help retain staff, there is support to showcase the many career options and further help with recruitment.

Free space at major festivals and county shows, career fairs and other places with high footfall is available to those in the industry, helping them to showcase their business and attract visitors through their doors.

Key dates for the diary:

Wednesday 2nd March – The launch of a networking group at Edmunds restaurant, Bury St Edmund specific for HR professionals working within the sector and to launch World Host.

Free to attend email or telephone 01603 702374 to book a place (subject to availability).

Wednesday 9th March and Thursday 10th March – Norfolk and Suffolk Skills and Career Fair

For employers to use free of charge to raise awareness of job opportunities and recruit. This event will be attended by over 6,000 students and others from across Norfolk and Suffolk. Space is available on the stand which is set up to create a giant play area to promote the visitor economy and businesses within it, using activity to attract visitors onto the stand. Space availability is on a first come first served basis.

Tuesday 31st May and Wednesday 1st June – Suffolk Show

Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th June – Royal Norfolk Show

The project offers free space to businesses in the county to come along and promote their business to visitors to the shows. There will be an area with activity to encourage visitors to the stand. Anyone helping with the careers fair above will get first option on space at the Norfolk Show.

For more information on the VENI project and to view the training prospectus

Visit East of England alongside 7 other partner organisations are responsible for delivering the VENI project and the project welcomes thoughts and ideas on helping to shape its delivery.