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March 28, 2013

Rising Stars: Apprenticeships in Focus of InfoComm London Roundtable

Rising Stars: Apprenticeships in Focus of InfoComm London Roundtable

Greetings from The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Center, Westminster, London at the Roundtable event hosted by InfoComm International®.

With the UK government having extended its apprenticeship initiative until March 2014, InfoComm took the opportunity to make apprenticeships the main topic of the event, and it was well received by 30 of the UK audiovisual industry’s finest. The guest speaker was Garry Chapman, Business Development Manager, National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) presented Apprenticeships in the UK – What You Need to Know.

“As a new member, I found the event very informative and a useful networking forum,”says new InfoComm member Steve Binder, Head of Sales at technical services provider Qcom. “We have a number of engineers in the field and we are passionate about investing in our people. Apprenticeships is something we definitely want to explore further.”

Several case studies were presented by AV companies who have already taken up apprentice schemes with fantastic business results. Focus 21 Visual Communications Limited successfully integrates apprenticeships into their business in the areas of IT, engineering,  sales, service and maintenance as well as within their technical installation teams. “I would recommend the apprenticeship scheme to any young person who is well driven and is interested in kick starting a successful career into a great industry,” says George Tilby, Apprentice at Focus 21 Visual Communications Limited.

The event was sponsored by Cisco.

February 1, 2012

Greetings from ISE 2012!

Greetings from ISE 2012!

Day one at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) was a rousing success. While Amsterdam is quite cold (temps later this week are expected to drop to -20° F!), the action on the Show floor is red hot. So far, I have experienced the Digital Signage Pavilion, which is largest grouping of this product I have ever seen, and an incredible variety of LED displays. The mood of the event is of intense excitement and anticipation for whatever technology is around the corner. If you are looking for gloom and doom, you will not find it at ISE, where the troubles of the world economy seem far away.

Education sessions have been popular, particularly InfoComm’s Future Trends Conference. It has been a great experience meeting so many members in class and at the InfoComm Stand. Congratulations are also due to our latest group of CTS holders, freshly-minted onsite.

I will update tomorrow,
Betsy