Robe recently welcomed 13 students and two lecturers – Phil Hughes and Clive Davies - from the University of South Wales, Glamorgan, to its HQ and factory in Valašské Mezirící, Czech Republic.
Co-ordinated by Robe UK’s sales director, Ian W Brown, with USW course leader, Stuart Green, the trip for students on both the BSc Honours Lighting Design & Technology and Live Event Technology courses has become an annual date on the calendar.
Brown, whose relationship with the University started a few years ago, commented, “Both courses produce a high proportion of graduates who progress on to very successful industry careers – and that is what first prompted me to look further. The courses are based on equipping future professionals with the practical skills needed and realistic expectations of what working in entertainment technology is all about … and is structured so that they can learn a broad-based range of skills from the ground up.”
The trip to the Czech Republic saw the selected students take a tour of Robe’s factory and manufacturing facilities including PCB company Dioflex, and sister brand and LED manufacturer Anolis. They also spent time in the demo theatre complete with brand new light show.
Claire Pinkney, second year Lighting Design & Technology, commented: “The lightshow is awesome. I had no idea how in depth and involved the process of manufacturing moving lights is, so it’s been a real eye-opener and a really inspiring experience."
Brown also used the opportunity do some talent spotting for his 2015 PLASA Associate project. Each year, six of the most promising students get the chance to work with Team Robe on the busy exhibition stand at the PLASA trade show in London in the autumn, giving them an opportunity to hone their people skills, boost their contacts and embrace the Robe family.
Phil Hughes, senior lecturer at University of South Wales summed up: “Developing this working relationship with Robe has been really invaluable. It offers real-life insights into the business as well as an opportunity to see all the processes involved in developing and marketing innovative, world leading products."