AVIXA Diversity Council UK event puts spotlight on AV workforce diversity
The AVIXA Diversity Council’s third UK event attracted almost 70 industry members to the Royal College of Physicians on 9 October 2019 for an event focused on diversity and opening pathways to the AV industry.
Speakers from across the AV industry gave talks on issues of race, prejudice, illness and invisible disabilities followed by each speaker sharing personal experiences and challenges experienced in their careers. Talks were given by Mina Patel, executive director at video conferencing, Global Learning, Jennie Stephens, facilitator at Shure London Experience and Reagan Ely, service technician, Shure.
Kevin McLoughlin, AVIXA council member and AV manager of the Royal Society of Medicine introduced the event and called for the pursuit of increased diversity within the industry.
McLoughlin said: “The storytelling segued nicely into the later presentations on what action is taking place now to attract a more diverse workforce into AV”.
The event also saw Graeme Massey, managing director, JacobsMassey who highlighted news on an upcoming AV technician apprenticeship programme, with Bryan Raven, managing director, White Light, providing insight into his company’s apprenticeship programmes alongside Sadie Groom, RISE, discussing mentoring and school outreach related to the broadcast industry.