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Training the Next AV Generation

It’s a good time to work in commercial AV. The industry is flourishing, recording solid growth each year, and technology is improving at a rapid pace. High-end audio-visual installations are in demand from entertainment to education to business to worship. However, with AV in such high demand, it is getting harder and harder for AV companies to cash in on certain opportunities, mainly due to a talent shortage that prevents them from taking on as many projects as they would like.

It’s a good time to work in commercial AV. The industry is flourishing, recording solid growth each year, and technology is improving at a rapid pace. High-end audio-visual installations are in demand from entertainment to education to business to worship. However, with AV in such high demand, it is getting harder and harder for AV companies to cash in on certain opportunities, mainly due to a talent shortage that prevents them from taking on as many projects as they would like.

There has been much discussion of late about the greying of the AV industry and its efforts to court the next generation of AV professionals. It’s a recurring topic at industry events, and many magazine articles and blog posts have been filed on the subject. But it’s a good problem to have for an industry that happens to be on the rise and creates highly skilled, well-paying technical jobs, which are becoming harder and harder to find. One major problem with recruitment is that, although Millennials are an underemployed, well-educated, tech-savvy and media-saturated demographic, they do not seem to be gravitating toward AV careers. Many members of that generation remain unaware that they can make a strong living for themselves in commercial AV and, as such, many organizations have been trying to spread the word.

In that vein, Conference Services are actively seeking to enough younger members of staff and graduates in technical colleges to come on board and build and develop a strong career for themselves. We believe that encouraging schools to adopt curricula that will prepare students for AV careers immediately upon graduation will fill the talent pool much more quickly than the traditional model of years of on-the-job training and certificate exams. The effort has already drawn considerable interest.

Through our training both in house and gaining practical events experience can be gained from the basics of electricity, cabling, construction, installation to the science of sound, bespoke audio and video production, display devices, and digital signage. We also try to focus on soft skills that involves teaching effective communication and how to prepare all the paperwork both current and future staff and technicians will be expected to deal with in the real world.

We encourage all staff to further their personal development through InfoComm certificates and gaining notarised educational experience we hope to begin the process of training the next generation of AV professionals so that they can begin to innovate the future AV market. As the AV industry continues its worldwide growth, more and more companies in strong AV markets such as Ireland will be looking to add qualified employees to their rolls. We hope to assist with this at Conference Services so that the talent pool will only get deeper.

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