Coventry MotoFest 2015
These last 2 weeks, Coventry’s Motofest 2015 has been giving budding young event managers and organisers the chance to get involved in this year’s event through a work internship programme.
With the help of IKEA Coventry, West Orchards Shopping Precinct and National Express Coventry, the Motofest 2015 Internship Programme was aimed at young people with little or no work experience and was developed as an opportunity to see first-hand and get involved in the work that goes into organising a large scale event.
The 11 interns have been working as a team on behalf of the Motofest Directors who assigned a wide variety of pieces of work ranging from planning site layouts to negotiating quotes and deals, running social media campaigns and ensuring legal and regulatory compliance – all of which will help to boost their CVs.
Stuart Glass, Motofest Volunteer Co-ordinator, said: “The Motofest 2015 Internship Programme has been really beneficial to both the interns and to us as organisers. Through their efforts we have been able to really boost the profile of Motofest, and hopefully they have learnt a great deal in return”
“This year’s Motofest is bigger and better than ever and, as a result, our interns have had lots of great opportunities to get involved in so many different aspects of the event.”
“With the live motorsports element on the ring road, static displays and live stage entertainment, it’s shaping up to be a huge event with a widespread profile and so will be a great name to have on someone’s CV in the future.”
Faaris Sheikh, a first year student at Coventry University and one of the interns said: “It’s been a great experience “. Another intern Morenike Abiodun, a postgraduate student at the University of Warwick said: “the past couple of days have been interesting and I am extremely grateful for this opportunity. This experience has made me realize that the planning stage is the most critical bit as a whole lot goes on here, a slight alteration and the whole event might take a wrong turn”