A guide to nurturing the next generation of MICE professionals

SACEOS has released a guide on best practices for MICE internships, aimed at raising standards and attracting new talent.

The guide covers key areas from mentorship frameworks to early job offers.
The guide covers key areas from mentorship frameworks to early job offers. Photo Credit: Adobe Stock/PaeGAG

The Singapore Association of Convention & Exhibition Organisers & Suppliers (SACEOS) has released a guide on best practices for internships in the MICE sector, aimed at attracting the next generation of talent to the industry

Richard Ireland, president of SACEOS, said, "More than ever, the quality and experience of internships will play a key role in interns’ decision on whether to pursue a career in the MICE industry. Therefore, it is important that as the industry prepares for its next stage of growth, the standard of our internship programmes is raised in order to attract the next generation of talent."

Developed in consultation with Institutes of Higher Learning and industry players, the guide provides best practices for MICE businesses and interns to reference when designing or embarking on internship programmes. It covers key areas such as internship objectives, mentorship frameworks, working hours, leave benefits, allowances, workplace safety and wellbeing, as well as early job offers.

According to Edward Koh, executive director of conventions, meetings & incentive travel at the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), STB is collaborating with its partners to ensure that the tourism sector has a strong pipeline of skilled manpower to support its growth.

Koh emphasised the importance of creating a future-ready tourism workforce with a strong local core, and expressed his hope that the MICE internship guide will encourage MICE businesses to re-examine their internship programs and provide valuable and fulfilling experiences for interns. Koh also looks forward to seeing more industry-wide initiatives that highlight the dynamic nature of the MICE industry and inspire job-seekers to pursue careers in MICE.

Companies may customise their programmes based on the information in the guide to suit their needs and requirements. As the MICE industry continues to recover from the pandemic and business travel demand returns, internship programmes can play a strategic role in ensuring the industry continues nurturing a new generation of business events professionals.