The Australian Events Academy (AEA) celebrated its largest graduation of Diploma of Events students last week.

Meetings and Events Australia CEO, Linda Gaunt, said the 50 new graduates had developed skills, knowledge and networks to help them plan better events.

“This will help reduce the skills shortage in our industry and is a promising sign of things to come for the AEA,” she said.

Held at the Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour, the evening was a celebration of the achievements of the group and each individual student.

The course curriculum provides students with a solid foundation of the latest event planning techniques, planning documents and resources. While there is a lot of theory, class facilitators make this theory come to life with case studies, excursions and group activities.

One of the graduates, Gerard Ryan, MD of Fabmosphere said: “I have been working in the industry for many years and this diploma has given me new resources, information and invaluable networks to help me get better outcomes for my clients.”

The AEA would not have been able to provide the students with the best possible content without the support from industry experts and technical specialists. These specialists include representatives from AV1, arinex, Sydney Exhibition Centre at Glebe Island, Staging Connections, E-Touches and Benchmarque Hospitality and Event Recruitment.

“Based on the feedback of our students and the success of this year’s Sydney based course , we are building plans to offer certified training and development programs to the national membership of MEA and the broader industry,” said AEA program director, Simon Shaw.

For further information and to register interest in receiving the 2015 AEA program contact

Simon Shaw on Training@mea.org.au or +61 450 900 381.