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ILP launches Skills Portal


The Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP) is to launch its new Skills Portal on 8 April. The portal brings together the training and education resources already offered by manufacturers so that a wider audience of young lighting designers can benefit from them. Free to use via the ILP website for both members and non-members, it will define commonly required skills and identify where training resources are available.


'It is designed to help practice heads create training and development programmes, and for young entry-level designers to understand what they need to know and help them acquire the necessary skills and knowledge,' said ILP vice president Mark Ridler, who has been instrumental in organising the portal.


To get involved manufacturers need to provide a 30-50 word summary of what training they offer, and what they will provide, as well as a contact that designers can use to arrange training. This will allow designers to approach providers directly as they wish. The modularity of the portal allows it to be applied flexibly to designers of different backgrounds and lets the employer select the skills applicable to its field of activity whether pure design, sales, or manufacture.


It will also create a consensus as to what skills are required that will help employers in staff recruitment and retention, and create greater clarity for those wishing to enter the profession as to what is required and what progression is possible. 'By harnessing readily available and largely free training resources, we can develop skills within the profession, increasing our status and standing within the construction industry,' said Ridler.


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News from the key industry bodies for the lighting sector. Would you like to take part in the 14th edition of the


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Lights in Alingsås workshop? Then it is time to register. The workshop takes place 21st to 28th September 2013.


The Lights in Alingsås event begins with a workshop one week before the event opens to the public. This is when seven international lighting designersgather with some sixty students from all over the world to illuminate selected sites or buildings in the city of Alingsås. Student electricians from the local high school are also involved in the workshop project by assisting the workshop participants throughout the whole week.


Workshop Heads (from left to right): Prof. Michael Schmidt - Germany, Ingo Bracke - Germany, Johan Moritz - Sweden, Laura Bernadet - Norway (born in Canada), Anne Bureau -


France, Lear Hsieh - Taiwan, Dorit Malin - Israel


The workshop starts with a two-day session of seminars held by lighting designers, university professors and other specialists. The purpose is to bring in more education into the workshop process. The students, who often study within areas of architecture and design, find the workshop week to be an important part of their education, as they get the opportunity to work sharp and in full scale, with plenty ofresources and with world leading experts as instructors. This year, the workshop participants will also be offered the opportunity to take part in eventlighting, whereas one of the seven installations will be the ceremony of the grand opening. There will also be an overall theme for the whole Lights in Alingsås event. The topic of the theme will be presented shortly.


Are you interested in participating in this year's workshop? Then visit the website: www.lightsinalingsas.se or for registration: http://www.lightsinalingsas.se/en/workshop-registration


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