DALLAS (September 15, 2016) - CEDIA today affirmed its commitment to workforce development and veterans' employment. CEDIA's workforce development initiative seeks to provide a comprehensive solution to one of the most consistently voiced pain points of CEDIA members -- lack of a qualified workforce.
The new initiative lays the foundation to begin filling the pipeline with skilled home technology professionals.
"Our industry is growing at a rapid pace with more than 50 billion devices expected to be connected by 2020. We are prioritizing the development of our workforce to answer the needs of our members," said Vincent Bruno, CEO of CEDIA. "The strategic two-pronged approach, developed with insight from our research team, our members and our stakeholders, will allow for industry professionals and veterans to confidently and knowledgably navigate a career path within this industry."
CEDIA is working with the US Veterans Administration through its "Transition Assistance Program" (TAP) to ensure a career path within the home technology industry is presented as a viable option by a professional career counselor. Additionally, CEDIA is working with the US Department of Labor to develop a nationwide, updated apprenticeship program for the Electronic Systems Technician (EST). The new apprenticeship program lays out training and testing more clearly and allows for scalability depending on skill levels.
Workforce Development initiatives have been and will continue to be a priority for CEDIA for the coming year.
CEDIA is the international trade association and central touch point for 3,700 member companies who design, manufacture, and install technology for the home. CEDIA is committed to helping members at every level set a pathway to prosperity by offering industry-leading education, training, and certification; delivering market intelligence through proprietary research; providing opportunities to foster community within the channel, and cultivating awareness with industry partners and consumers. CEDIA founded the largest annual residential technology show, now in its 27th year, and co-owns Integrated Systems Europe, the world's largest AV and systems integration exhibition. CEDIA members deliver technology solutions that allow people to have their best moments in life from the comfort of their own home. Life Lived Best at Home. To learn more about CEDIA, visit www.cedia.net.
Olivia Sellke, CEDIA
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