WOMEN’S COUNCIL PROMOTES MENTORING
The AVIXA™ Women’s Council has called on industry members to join AVIXA’s Mentor Program. The scheme welcomes members interested in advancing the AV industry by learning from other professionals and furthering professional development to elevate a more diverse, skilled workforce.
“Women need to feel welcomed to the industry, and access to mentoring is a crucial part of this,” says Deborah Jones, AV/IT Sales Manager at the QEII Centre. “Experienced mentors can educate and drive a path toward qualifications such as CTS® – automatically benchmarking mentees against the best in the industry.”
Mentoring can provide benefits industrywide – not only is it a great tool for personal development and further education, but it can offer companies a chance to invest in their staff, work on employee retention and provide networking opportunities.
JOIN THE TASK GROUP FOR AV SYSTEMS PERFORMANCE VERIFICATION
Is verifying an AV system’s performance part of your job or in your purview? Are you ready to contribute your expertise to an industry-changing publication? If so, AVIXA is keen to hear from you.
AVIXA is seeking to form a task group of people who have used the Audiovisual Systems Performance Verification standard (ANSI/INFOCOMM 10:2013) and can help to make improvements to the solid framework the standard provides. Those interested in volunteering are invited to apply by 31 August, and the task group will have its first virtual meeting at the end of September 2018.
LEVERAGING MARKET INTELLIGENCE
When Jon Sidwick started at Maverick 20 years ago, the company was a small AV distributor operating mainly around its Basingstoke, Hampshire base. Over the past two decades, Sidwick has witnessed the company’s steady growth — becoming one of the U.K.’s largest AV distributors, then encompassing IT, and, with his direct involvement, cementing its position as a successful international AV/IT distributor, doing business in Europe, the United States, and Asia-Pacific.
AV MEETS (FUTURE) EXPERTS IN HAMBURG
The audiovisual industry is always in need of new talent to bring added creativity and enthusiasm to this vibrant market. For many students and educators, however, the diverse career opportunities in the audiovisual field are not well known. To place audiovisual careers in the spotlight, AVIXA is organising an open day – titled ‘AV Meets Future Experts’ – on 25 October, in cooperation with Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW). Students and lecturers will have the opportunity to learn more about pathways in the AV industry, as well as make future contacts. The event is conducted in German language, although English-speaking guests are very welcome.
If you are interested in holding a workshop and promoting your company as an employer, contact Rafael Melson via email@example.com.
THE VALUE OF CERTIFICATION – INSTALLATION SPEAKS TO AMANDA BECKNER
Amanda Beckner, CTS, Vice President of Learning at AVIXA, features in this month’s Installation Magazine. Beckner highlights the importance of professional development, and explains some of the reasons why companies are continuing to invest in it. Other topics include CTS, training and the drive for AV standards across the industry.
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