The foundation of Encore’s values includes seeing the big picture, doing the right thing, connecting, inspiring and valuing people. A recent example of our values in action is the inaugural internship program providing career training opportunities and community-based outreach and sponsorships.

In addition to being proud sponsors of local rugby teams Drua Rugby team and the Yasawa Island Rugby Club known as the Somosomo Stags, Encore has recently implemented an internship program in Somosomo, an island approximately 3-hour boat ride east from the main Fiji island.

The program is designed particularly for young adults seeking early career training and opportunities to immerse themselves in event production. Interns are paid an income, and all their travel and accommodation requirements during the 4-week internship.

The program is designed for interns to immerse themselves in the process of bringing events to life while gaining insights into operations, technology, and sales. The program includes learning, mentorship, and training alongside seasoned Encore team members.

Upon arrival at our Fiji head office, interns are given a warm welcome at a ceremony and given a care package, including comprehensive training logbook and Encore uniform.

“Our goal is to provide as many early career training opportunities as possible through this internship program, and where feasible offer long term cadetships with more advanced training and career opportunities.” – said Tim Keeling General Manager Qld and Pacific region, Encore APAC.

“The program has been an absolute success so far” said Adam Blyth, Area Manager, Fiji Islands.

“It’s heartwarming to see young local lads learn essential skills and witness their joy of connecting with and being inspired by the world of event production and the technology we use” added Mr. Blyth.

The internship program is a further development in Encore’s support to the remote Fijian community which recently saw Encore sponsor two local rugby teams, the Drua Rugby team and Yasawa Island Rugby Club, known as the Somosomo Stags. The connection with the clubs originated with Grant Pisani from Gordon Rugby Football Club and resulted in the sponsorship of both local teams.

Mr Pisani commented,

“It was an easy decision to support these youths chasing their rugby dreams as I was a rugby player back in the day. Working with the local community has given us more than we can give to them, by enriching our knowledge and love for the people of Fiji.”

Encore Fiji community outreach - Scott Nodsle
Encore Fiji community outreach and sponsorship

Scott Nodsle, Encore APAC Managing Director was also delighted with the continued relationship,

“A highlight of our sponsorship partnership is that all of our interns are also Somosomo Stags players, so it’s fantastic that they’re also benefiting from the internship program too. Building connections and opportunities for growth and careers with Encore is one of our future focuses for the village community.”

Mr Nodsle, went on to announce the continuation of the internship program,

“The success of the internship program and the benefits of the Stags sponsorship has made the decision easy to continue the internship program with the next round of recruits.”

Encore maintains Great Place To Work® (GPTW) accreditation in Australia and New Zealand, plus outstanding year-on-year improvement in key focus areas.

At Encore, we aim to create a healthy and positive work environment where team members think and feel good about their job and workplace. We are actively taking measures to ensure all team members feel valued, heard and empowered to make a direct contribution to shaping workplace initiatives and policies in all areas of the business.

The Great Place to Work (GPTW) certification recognises our ongoing commitment and efforts towards achieving that goal.

Encore takes pride in being recognised as a GPTW in 2022 and regaining certification again in 2023. This is no mean feat and is a testament to our long-standing focus on our employee development, effective systems and processes and creating a healthy, positive workplace.

Encore APAC, Managing Director Scott Nodsle was delighted with the expanded accreditation and impressive results overall.

Thanks to our team members, Encore is proud to have been certified as a Great Place To Work in Australia again this year and expanding to New Zealand. It’s also very encouraging that in each category, our results have improved year-on-year.”

Encore is currently certified in 7 countries including Australia, Austria, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, UAE and the US.

HR Director, Jennifer Purcell announced the results from the 2023 GPTW Survey with the headline finding of 72% of employees saying Encore is a great place to work, up 66 points from last year, plus significant improvements across key areas.

The standout result in the 2023 survey was the feedback from the New Zealand team, reporting an impressive uplift of 17 points from last year, with a 83% rating given for the Great Place to Work Statement. The average for APAC is 81% – an increase of 13 points.

“It’s really encouraging to see the amazing progress we’ve made since last year, with a 6% overall increase in the Great Place to Work Statement.”

“Any result above 5% increase can be considered as quite significant and should be celebrated as a major win… In that context, the results from the NZ team is just absolutely phenomenal” says Jennifer Purcell.

Encore has announced that Scott Nodsle, Managing Director APAC, has been appointed as Executive Sponsor of the ‘WellBeing at Encore’ Business Resource Group (BRG). Nodsle has been with Encore for 23 years and has held various leadership roles during that time, which is a testament to his commitment to Encore and team members.

Nodsle commented on the appointment,

“When I was presented with the opportunity to sponsor the WellBeing BRG, I jumped at the chance. Having started my Encore career as a Technician, and then serving in other field-based leadership roles in the U.S., EMEA, and now APAC, I am well aware of the pressure our team members are under. It’s incredibly important to keep your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, and that of your teams, top of mind at all times. I’m looking forward to helping team members do exactly that through this BRG.”

WellBeing BRG Purpose

The WellBeing BRG exists to support the mental, physical and social wellbeing of Encore team members and the larger communities they impact. The group will accomplish this by working to overcome stigmas, providing resources, and raising awareness of these important topics.

Recent initiatives

The WellBeing BRG is new in APAC and has already seen significant impact and involvement. Recently the group delivered aWellbeing lunch and learn workshop which highlighted the power of connection and community and how feeling safe, respected and understood which can play a massive part in how we participate in our work.

Whilst the team in South Australia attended WellFest, a well-being breakfast designed to help guests take time out to hear experts identify and explain the way they manage their Mental Health and how to be “nicer to yourself and others”.