Lighting Industry

Skills Army to assist aspiring lighting professionals

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The Skills Army seeks to empower people by inspiring confidence to gain work in the built environment, with a focus on the lighting industry.

AN INDUSTRY initiative to support aspiring professionals in the lighting sector has been launched.

The Skills Army seeks to empower people by inspiring confidence to gain work in the built environment, with a focus on the lighting industry.

It also brings together key information, supported by industry and expert contributors, that can be accessed free by anyone. 

Founded by Emma Cogswell, the Skills Army has unveiled a website which includes a range of sources and seeks to direct users to a range of services in the sector, from certified education to simple how-to sheets on basic business skills. 

The site also includes a profile directory, wellbeing, recruitment events, mentoring and access to archived material.

It also covers information on education, products and industry bodies. 

‘We believe that many of the skills we possess are transferable and provide the basis of our success out in the world,’ says the duo behind the platform. 

‘Building your skills one step at time will get you to your goal’.

The Skills Army has been created to help both entrants to the industry and incumbents to find information to fill the blanks in their knowledge, one step at a time. 

‘Everyone has their own story to tell and different road map to how they got to their destination’. 

Men and women in the lighting industry people are asked to submit their profiles so that others can orientate themselves around people in the business and make connections where might find you have a common interest or solution to a shared problem.

The Skills Army is supported by the lighting associations, the Lighting Industry Association, The Society of Light and Lighting, the Institution of Lighting Professionals, the International Association of Lighting Designers and lighting manufacturers.