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Audio Visual Centres in the 21st century
19 Trainee Technicians.
19.1 In the last fifteen years the trainee technician has all but disappeared in all sectors of the University and it is time to redress the balance. We should have a core staff of trained professionals with a reasonable spread of age and experience. We need staff who are progressing through the ranks and learning the `trade'.
19.2 It is important not just for the young of this country to have employment opportunities but we need to stimulate older staff to train their younger counterparts. Older professionals can and often lose their edge when they have been in the same profession for a number of years and especially so in Universities. Having a trainee on the team keeps everyone alert to their "tricks" and alert to new techniques and technologies than may otherwise be the case, just in case the youngster asks any awkward questions?
19.3 Young people in an organisation are an essential balance that is currently missing. We should endeavour to top up from the bottom and occasionally staff will remain in post for many years. Those that move on will hopefully return to the Universities in later life with a broader understanding and knowledge than would otherwise be possible.
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