Electrosonic launches new apprenticeship program in London
Following its win of the AV systems integration contract for JP Morgan’s new office in Canary Wharf, London, Electrosonic has joined forces with Skillsmatch to appoint six apprentice installers, who will undertake a six month apprenticeship.
Part of this work will take place at JP Morgan, and following the six month placement, Electrosonic intends to offer six individuals a full-time Junior AV Installer position.
Skillsmatch is a job brokerage service for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. With the support of the Canary Wharf Group, and a range of strategic partners it offers solutions to companies looking to source new staff and job seekers looking for sustainable employment.
As part of its move to the borough JP Morgan has made a commitment to ensure that local people and business benefit from its arrival.
The program is geared around getting young unemployed people into work. Six Tower Hamlet’s residents’ will be given the opportunity to gain work experience, develop a trade and learn the basic skills needed to work within the audio-visual industry.
Martyn Barnett, Electrosonic’s Operational Resources Manager said “We were immediately attracted to this opportunity to source new aspiring talent from the local area. The level of candidates has been excellent and we have witnessed a real hunger to learn and willingness to engage and commit.”
The audio-visual industry is a growth industry, but there is a shortage of skilled workers. There are limited education establishments which offer AV installation courses, employers typically recruit individuals from IT or electrical backgrounds and provide the necessary AV training themselves. Electrosonic are very keen to work with Skillsmatch to help them source and train local recruits. “We recognise the recent growth in the AV industry and we are keen to make this investment to secure our ability to deliver high quality solutions into tomorrow’s markets.” commented Martyn Barnett.