ClaudelandsClaudelands Conference and Exhibition Centre is set to launch a new Graduate Development Programme, offering young people the opportunity to establish a career in the New Zealand MICE Industry.

A first in the New Zealand market, the 18-month programme is designed to nurture and develop emerging event sector professionals.

While the programme’s particular focus is Claudelands and the MICE sector, graduates will be exposed to all aspects of the Hamilton City Council’s Event Facilities business, including sales and marketing, client services, venue operations and other supporting functions.

After a six week induction, participants will rotate across business units and different city venues, gaining on-the-job experience before transitioning to a specialist area.

The programme also includes the completion of an entertainment and event venues core skills certificate offered by Events Venues Association of New Zealand in partnership with Skills Active ITO.

Hamilton City’s Event Facilities director, Murray Jeffrey, says people and service are a core focus for Claudelands this year.

“The Graduate Development Programme is an important part of our business strategy and is one of a suite of evolutionary initiatives we are launching this year.

“Strong growth at Claudelands and in our wider business means we need access to more talented people and we believe this is a smart way to do that.

“At the same time, this will present motivated young people with an opportunity to develop a career with a market leading business,” Mr Jeffrey said.

Applications are now open at with an initial intake to be finalised in early March 2014.