Two Leeds Beckett University Events Management students are celebrating after securing jobs for a prestigious events management company in Dubai.

Final year students Joanna Thomas and Jenny Homer were named as winners in The Eventice, an Apprentice-style interview process, at International Confex held at Olympia in London last week.

Joanna and Jenny will join DMG Events in Dubai, the market-leading event organiser for the construction industry, throughout the Middle East and North Africa region.

Speaking about their success in the competition, Glenn Bowdin, Head of the UK Centre for Events Management at Leeds Beckett, said: “We are very proud and delighted to again have two award-winning students on our events courses.  This is the third year running that our students have been winners in this national events management competition. 

“It is a positive endorsement of the approach that we take to developing employability within Leeds Beckett University, where industry-ready events management graduate skills and knowledge are developed alongside an academic understanding of the subjects.  Employers are very impressed with our students and this recent result adds to our already high graduate employment.”  

Speaking about triumphing in the competition, BA (Hons) Events Management student Joanna Thomas said: “The Eventice was the most incredible experience as it pushed me in ways that I have never been pushed before. This not only developed me as a person but also an event manager. To win was the icing on the cake and goes to prove that hard work, passion and commitment goes a long way.” 

BA (Hons) Conference & Exhibitions Management student Jenny Homer added: “I entered the competition with the mind-set of enjoying and learning from the experience, whilst putting my name out in the industry. Nobody loses in a competition like this, everyone gains so much from it, and everyone comes out a winner in the end.

“At first glance, two five minute presentations and three days out of University in final year, so close to dissertation hand-in seems CRAZY! But I cannot praise this competition enough; I have 14 new like-minded friends who I will no doubt have the pleasure to work with again in my career. I’ve learnt so much over the three days and I can now happily finish my degree without the added pressure of finding a job, and the fact I am continuing my journey with one of my best friends is just amazing!”

The Eventice has been running since 2011 and has placed 17 students over the past four years in jobs within the events industry.  For three days the candidates were put through their paces with various activities which showcased their ability to multi- task, organise, lead, project-manage, negotiate, network and present.