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AVMI, a leading global integrator, is pleased to announce its UK Graduate Programme aimed at recruiting young technical talent into the AV industry.
After many difficult months of trying to recruit for vacancies that required in-depth knowledge of video, audio, network and communications technologies, AVMI realised that it wasn’t attracting enough young talent like university students into the industry.
AVMI decided to tackle this issue by moulding its already developed training and introduction plans into a programme perfect for technically adept students looking for a placement during their sandwich year at university.
Partnering with the University of Surrey, AVMI began educating students from the Tonmeister and Video Broadcasting Engineering degrees about the AV industry, which both teach theories that are transferrable to the AV sector. Since the partnership began in April 2018, the company has offered paid placements to two students interested in entering the audio visual industry, annually.
The Graduate Programme consists of three phases which are designed to help students gain a strong understanding of AVMI and the AV industry, before they concentrate on an area of choice that compliments the skills and knowledge accrued at university. During the programme students are encouraged to complete several specialist product courses and the highly sought after AVIXA Certified Technology Specialist™ (CTS®) certification.
AVMI has since opened the programme to other universities like Middlesbrough University and has also started to recruit students who have already finished university. In addition, the company is receiving support from the AVIXA Foundation, which includes an array of online training courses for students whilst they complete the programme.
“AVMI’s commitment to closing the workforce gap embodies everything that makes our industry great,” said Joseph Valerio, Program Director for the AVIXA Foundation. “We’re thrilled AVIXA member companies are taking the reins and having a direct impact in their community. By offering a little time and talent, AVMI is giving more young adults opportunity to make AV their career of choice, where before they weren’t even aware our exciting industry existed.”
“The graduate scheme has enabled us to get in front of the right students and educate them about the many depths of the AV industry, whilst also providing student the unique experience to learn. I’m excited to see our graduate scheme grow and see the AV industry and the career choices within become more visible to young people, hopefully to a point where students target their education towards a career in AV,” comments
Matthew Roberts | Technical Manager | AVMI