Since ISE 2015, CEDIA EMEA has achieved a number of milestones, says executive director Wendy Griffiths. As well as embarking on a project to create a British standard for structured cabling, CEDIA has also been able to achieve recognition by City & Guilds − the governing body for training − meaning that those who successfully complete either a Smart Home Technician or a Smart Home Designer pathway will receive a certification from CEDIA and City & Guilds and become accredited within this area.
“That was an important step in achieving greater awareness of CEDIA among the student community,” noted Griffiths. “It will also benefit employers who are keen to grow their business at a time when employee recruitment is one of the major challenges facing CEDIA member companies.”
The organisation has undertaken five Technology Forums in the UK, and plans to roll them out across the EMEA region in 2016. “They provide an excellent hub for people to meet and share knowledge, and are highly valued by manufacturers and integrators alike,” said Griffiths.
CEDIA has ramped up its education initiative, with 89 courses delivered in the UK, and 62 in the rest of the region, representing, according to Griffiths, a 58% uplift.