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New Acoustics Technician Apprenticeship Launches to Industry

Organisers behind a pioneering new apprenticeship in acoustics are launching the programme to the industry.

 

Information about the Acoustics Technician Level 4 Apprenticeship programme is being presented at a cross-sector event, taking place in London on January 21.

 

The apprenticeship has been developed as an employer-led, industry initiative, with support from the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) and the Institute of Acoustics (IOA).

 

Richard Grove, Acoustics Director at BDP, is Chairman of the working group which has developed the apprenticeship.

 

He said: “The new apprenticeship will help deliver the acousticians of the future, which are needed across a range of industries to meet demand.

 

“It will also bring benefits to the higher education sector, by acting as a feeder for degree courses, either under the apprenticeship route or as a sponsored degree by a company.”

 

The Trailblazer Group behind the programme were recently presented with the Armstrong Next Generation Award at the John Connell Awards – organised by the Noise Abatement Society – for promoting and facilitating entry to the acoustics profession.

 

Mr Grove added: “Apprentices will have a clear, defined career path and the programme will offer opportunities for diversity and inclusion within the acoustics industry.

 

“We expect the first cohort of apprentices to start in 2020 and our hope is that employers support it.”

 

To find out more about the apprenticeship launch event in January, please email info@theanc.co.uk

 

More details about the apprenticeship standard can be found at; https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/acoustics-technician/

Meeting 19 November – Construction Nuisance presentation

The next Company Meeting takes place on Tuesday 19 November 2019 at 2.30pm at Woburn House Conference Centre, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HQ.

 

The topic for discussion is construction nuisance – the Hiscox –v- Pinnacle case 11 years on. Will Minting  explores the ramifications of the most significant Construction Nuisance case since Andreae v Selfridge [CA 1938], and how safeguarding advancements apply to Party Wall etc Act 1996 matters, as well as construction projects conducted outside that jurisdiction.

Sounding out a STEM challenge for Tomorrow’s Engineers Week

Budding engineers looking to make a sound career choice can tap into a series of short films, being launched to mark Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (4-8 Nov).

 

National trade body the Association of Noise Consultants is showcasing a range of videos, aimed at a school age audience, showing acoustics in action.

 

The playlist features nine films, made by acousticians as part of a new accolade under the renowned John Connell Awards programme.

 

 

Held in October, the John Connell STEM award – sponsored by the ANC and ANV Measurement Systems – recognised short film communications relating to acoustics, made by people studying or working in the field.

 

SRL Technical Services won the title, with a film highlighting how people in the community could be annoyed by irritating noises, and how they can be addressed.

 

AECOM and LOcHER (Learning Occupational Health by Experiencing Risk) were both Highly Commended.

 

Paul Shields, a member of the ANC Board, said: “The winning and shortlisted videos have all now been uploaded to the playlist.

 

“These films leave a great legacy, as the applicants have explained a highly technical subject in ways that engage with their young audience.

 

“They offer a useful resource for people interested in acoustics and STEM in general to tap into and, with the theme this year for Tomorrow’s Engineers Week focusing on health and wellbeing, they are particularly relevant.

 

“World Health Organisation guidelines state that exposure to noise presents the largest health risk to the population of Western Europe, second only to poor air quality.

 

“Environmental noise can have negative impacts on health and wellbeing and is a well-recognised public health risk.

 

“These impacts can include cardiovascular disease, annoyance, sleep disturbance and distractions in activities such as reading and conversation.

 

“As a result, we need talented people to enter our industry and engineer solutions to tackle this.”

 

The playlist initiative is part of the ANC’s ‘#ExploreAcoustics’ campaign, launched last year to demonstrate the wide range of opportunities available to students interested in a career in STEM.

 

#ExploreAcoustics includes video interviews and in-depth case studies featuring students, graduates, professionals and academics in the industry.

 

Gloria Elliott OBE, Chief Executive of the Noise Abatement Society, said: “We congratulate all of the winners of this exciting new John Connell Award for creating inspirational, informative and accessible videos to inspire young people about the aural environment.”

 

More information, including links to the John Connell STEM Award playlist, can be found at www.association-of-noise-consultants.co.uk/explore-acoustics

New Acoustics Technician Apprenticeship Takes Shape

Moves to introduce an apprenticeship programme for the acoustics industry have taken a significant step forward.

 

The Occupational Standard for the new Acoustics Technician is now available and the Level 4 Apprenticeship is approved for delivery.

 

More details about the standard can be found at; https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/acoustics-technician/

 

The apprenticeship has been developed as an employer-led, industry initiative, with support from the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) and the Institute of Acoustics (IOA).

 

Universities supporting the programme include London South Bank University (LSBU), and the training is expected to operate under a day release programme.

 

Richard Grove, Acoustics Director at BDP, is a member of the working group which has developed the apprenticeship. He said: “Approval of the Standard and End-Point Assessment from the Institute for Apprenticeships marks a significant milestone in bringing new people to the acoustics industry, many of whom may not have considered a career in acoustics before.

 

“We expect the first cohort of apprentices to start in 2020 and our hope is that employers across the acoustics sector support it.”

 

As the Apprenticeship implementation evolves, ANC will be regularly updating its website to keep the industry up to date with developments.

 

Check http://www.association-of-noise-consultants.co.uk/ to find out more.

Advice for school and college leavers

School and college leavers are being urged to consider a career in sound by a national trade body.

 

Managing noise is an important, but often under-considered option, for the future well-being of society – and a new generation of students are needed with the scientific and engineering expertise to help address the issue.

 

ANC, the Association of Noise Consultants, has a wealth of information online for those looking at their career options this summer, with their ‘#ExploreAcoustics’ initiative.

 

It demonstrates the wide range of opportunities available to students interested in a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

 

Video interviews and in-depth case studies featuring students, graduates, professionals and academics in the industry, as well as a comprehensive brochure, are all available to give a flavour of the industry at http://www.association-of-noise-consultants.co.uk/explore-acoustics/

 

ANC is the professional body representing consultants in acoustics, noise and vibration in the UK – and many of their members are reporting a shortage of graduates.

 

In fact, in a complete trend reversal compared with other sectors, there are often more acoustics jobs available than there are graduates.

 

ANC chair, Dan Saunders, said: “Acoustics is a dynamic, diverse and rewarding career, but few people have even heard of it.

 

“We need more forward-thinking people to join the industry and make their mark.

 

“Roles are wide-ranging and include openings in architectural and building acoustics, environmental noise, product design, cinema sound, even sonar and ultrasound.

 

“It is a sector that recognises and rewards ingenuity and balances creativity with science.

 

“We hope #ExploreAcoustics gives an insight into the many opportunities offered.”