Visitor Economy Network Initiative (VENI)
VENI stands for the Visitor Economy Network Initiative that will bring educators and SMEs closer together and at the same time create opportunities for young people to develop work-ready skills and participate in, and learn more about, their local visitor economy.
Suffolk Growth are a delivery partner within the VENI project, providing in-kind funding support.
The four key strands
Four key strands offer a comprehensive approach to skills development in the Visitor Economy and provide sufficient breadth to positively affect the culture sector and creative industries.
The Youth Pledge
The Youth Pledge is primarily aimed at young people but it is also about influencing the curriculum and the way that educators prepare young people for careers in the sector. So the youth pledge is a starting point for the project – it connects educators, students and local SMEs – and ensures that industry relevance is top of the agenda.
Developing the visitor economy workforce
Engaging schools, colleges, and SME’s in developing skills and training for sector improvement and sustainability
The Business Network strand is an essential part of the overall project in that it ensures businesses are fully engaged and a consistent message is communicated across the sector. Working through business networks across the region is a good way to build industry confidence and expand the number of business that colleges currently engage with. The business network strand will provide a sounding board for industry initiatives and events that can be delivered through this project.
Finally the Events strand will encourage colleges to get involved in the planning, marshalling, delivery and participation in fayres, festivals and functions unfolding in their local communities. Events are a powerful way to bring the community together and to provide a multi-skills framework for further education.
What is VENI delivering?Our projects
These key strands offer a comprehensive approach to skills development in the Visitor Economy and provide sufficient breadth to positively affect the culture sector and creative industries.
◊ Local Flavours – On location events programme
◊ Choose Hospitality