Dear Colleagues and dear Friends of EVVC,
Do you remember our Management Conference 2015 in Erfurt? It was in the midst of the refugee crisis, and some of you provided temporary accommodation for the refugees at their venues. During that time, former soccer star Christoph Metzelder made a strong appeal for social responsibility in his keynote speech.
Reflecting on the past few years, I am really happy to see that we have developed the ‘Erasmus+ Project’, “Event Industry Integration”, with a high level of commitment and passion of everybody involved. The goal of the project is to provide employment in the event industry for refugees and migrants – on the one hand to stop the ever growing shortage of experts in the fields of technology, logistics, and catering, and on the other hand offering a realistic opportunity for the immigrants to get a foot into the job market.
Erasmus means “Europe at its best”: Coordinated by the VPLT (Association for Media and Event Technology eV) and the EVVC, and joined by the Vienna Consultancy OSB Consulting GmbH, the Liechtenstein experts for learning solutions Global Partners Online Communication Services Trust, as well as IT University Copenhagen, best solutions are created on an international level.
After a dedicated preparation phase, the project has launched its pilot phase in November, under the new and catchy name “step2mice”. The pilot phase is taking place in the Hanover region, with the City of Hanover, a variety of players, and DEAplus as reliable partners. More on that story in our newsletter!
Following the pilot phase, “step2mice” will be introduced in other cities and European partner countries. The work sectors include event technology, catering, logistics, and facility management. Businesses interested in participating in the project, can find the contact information to relevant project coordinators below. The “step2mice” team appreciates every new sponsor and partner, supporting the project with passion and expertise.
Participation and being engaged means shaping our future, and living democracy. Then again, democracy thrives on participation, and everybody can benefit – not only from the positive feeling that comes with being involved.
The EVVC is happy to provide ideas, such as in this newsletter. Enjoy reading!
My very best,