Leeds Metropolitan University has been given a major boost after being announced as the Centre of Excellence for Event Management in Yorkshire and the Humber. This new move means employers and learners in the region can access quality assured training provision to help tackle the skills shortages faced by employers across the region.

The university’s UK Centre for Events Management was awarded the approved status by the National Skills Academy for Sport and Active Leisure – an independent organisation set up to improve skills training for employers and workers in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Geoff Hitchins, Leeds Met’s Chief Executive, says: “Leeds Met has a long history of engaging with employers through our range of sporting, cultural and business partnerships, and providing excellent vocationally based qualifications and training courses. The UK Centre for Events Management at Leeds Met has developed an excellent range of provision to meet the needs of employers and industry bodies.

“We are proud of our role within the Yorkshire and Humber Region in supporting employers as they prepare for London 2012 and other major events and we look forward to working with the National Skills Academy for Sport and Active Leisure to deliver on the region’s skills agenda.”

A range of accredited events courses can now be accessed via the Skills Academy on a full time or part time basis - from one year degrees to postgraduate certificate, diploma and masters programmes. These include BSc in Sports Events Management and postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MSc in Sports Events Management.

Leeds Met also offers short courses which have been designed to address specific industry professional development needs including courses related to event planning, marketing, finance, risk management and evaluation.

Glenn Bowdin, Head of the UK Centre for Events Management at Leeds Met, says: “The UK Centre for Events Management has an excellent reputation for offering high quality education, training, research and consultancy within the region, nationally and internationally.

“Through a range of initiatives - including the Yorkshire Events Network and Yorkshire Festivals Network - we have been developing opportunities for employers to address specific skills and training needs. We are delighted Leeds Met has been selected as a Centre of Excellence which promises to provide an excellent opportunity to identify employer priorities and deliver training and professional development to events organisations in the region.”

David Meli, Regional Business Development Director at the Skills Academy, says: “Our partnership with Leeds Met allows industry organisations to benefit from the highest quality training for their staff. This has never been so important thanks to the forthcoming Olympics and we believe Leeds Met is best placed to help train the required volunteers and support the delivery of an efficient events workforce pre and post 2012.”

For more information on the National Skills Academy for Sport and Active Leisure in Yorkshire and the Humber, visit http://www.sportactivensa.co.uk/ or call 0114 292 2367.