Thanks to the support of CEDIA members, the Institute For Apprenticeships and Technical Education has developed and approved a brand-new Smart Home Technician apprenticeship standard that is now ready for delivery.

CEDIA underlines that there is a huge demand for skilled labour in the home technology industry, with many installation companies looking for employees with a range of design and installation abilities.

CEDIA has supported the aim for bringing new blood into the industry by facilitating a Trailblazer group to collaborate with CEDIA members to define the framework for this new apprenticeship.

This standard will create significant opportunities for the workforce of tomorrow within the home technology industry.

“We are delighted that our members have been able to work with the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education to develop this new standard” comments Aneta Armova-Levin, CEDIA Education Manager. “The standard gives young minds the chance to explore the world of integration and help find career paths within our industry. Now that it has received approval and is ready for delivery, our plan is to raise awareness of this apprenticeship standard to education providers. Once there are apprenticeships based on the scheme on offer, integrator companies will be able to apply, and access the funding to, employ one of these apprentices.”

The Smart Home Technician level 3 apprenticeship standard is aimed at those who are keen to install, configure, and maintain a range of electrically connected digital home technologies. Combining a range of topics, this standard allows them to develop a comprehensive knowledge base and skillset and will help build a skilled workforce for the future.

Knowledge areas include, documentation; data and IP networking; automation and control; structured wiring, cables and connectors for digital infrastructure; and system verification and testing.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to mention our members who have been involved in this programme” adds Aneta. “Thanks to Bespoke Home Cinemas, Homeplay, Hughes Electrical, Graham’s HiFi, Inspired Dwellings, Install Automation, James and Giles, Loxone UK, Philharmonic Audio Visual, and Visualization Limited. It is great to finally get an apprenticeship standard in place and we look forward to seeing new blood joining our industry through this programme in the future.”

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