Caple will promote lighting as a profession: ‘Why shouldn’t lighting be a more obvious career choice and why isn’t it?
‘very mindful’ throughout his year as president. ‘Our industry faces a number of challenges in the future. Our government has recently invoked Article 50 and started the countdown to the UK leaving the EU. No one knows yet what this means for any of us, let alone the impact it may have on our industry, and for many who do business throughout Europe it will no doubt be an anxious time. ‘From an industry perspective,’ he continued, ‘we need to make sure that our voice continues to be heard to ensure we are best placed to deal with whatever the outcome is. Through working with other organisations and bodies the SLL can play its part in helping.’ Caple also declared his intention to pursue the same aims as his predecessor Jeff Shaw in promoting lighting as a profession. ‘The question has to be asked,’ he said. ‘Why shouldn’t lighting be a more obvious career choice and why isn’t it? As a key part of my year as president I wish to continue the work that Jeff has done by promoting lighting as a career and a profession. I therefore look to inspire through working with Stem, but also wish to engage with a slightly older age group, those in higher education as well as young engineers already in the building services industry.’ In the course of his year, he hoped that the SLL could publish a career pathway document, said Caple, which would help those seeking or considering a career in lighting to see what options, routes and qualifications are available to them. He cited his own somewhat serendipitous route into the profession after he left college some 18 years ago. Caple studied design technology and graphic design at A Level and subsequently joined Thorlux Lighting as a trainee lighting
design engineer. ‘At the time, of course, I didn’t have a clue what one of these was,’ he said. ‘Unbeknown to me at the time, my lighting career had started.’ Caple undertook all of the LIF courses – ‘taking a particular interest in the photometry and testing, something that would later define my role in Thorlux’ – completed the LET Diploma, the SLL Lighting Diploma, and finally the Lighting MSc at the Bartlett in 2012. His own experience had informed his firm belief in the importance of education, he said. ‘My passion is not only to design high-quality, energy-efficient lighting solutions, but to educate, train and provide best practice guidance in our changing and fast-moving market.’ Again the society was instrumental in this, he said, and events such as Ready Steady Light, the Masterclass series, Young Lighter of the Year, industry trade shows, and many regional events were invaluable in this respect. The award-winning Night of Heritage Light and its successor, NoHL2 in York, had been particularly successful exercises, said Caple. ‘Both have raised the profile of not just the SLL, but our industry as a whole; we have captured people’s imagination and helped inspire those normally outside of the industry to become involved.’ Keen to continue the momentum, Caple said that Night of Heritage Light 3 was in the pipeline. In summary, he said that his main aim for the year was to promote lighting both as a career and a profession. ‘I hope that I can inspire more people to pursue lighting as a career choice. I think one of the great things about our industry is how diverse it is, from lighting designers to product designers, from electrical engineers to mechanical engineers,’ concluded Caple. ‘Our industry never stands still.’