Elevating Excellence: Continuing Education for Light Guide Engineers

Posted by on Jan 4, 2024

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Invested in the Growth of Our Team, Our Company and the Industry 

In the ever-evolving landscape of light guide technology, staying ahead of the curve isn’t just a choice – it’s a necessity. At Global Lighting Technologies, our commitment to excellence goes beyond crafting innovative products; it’s deeply ingrained in the continuous learning journey of our engineers and team. 

The case for continuing education is easy to make because it benefits our team as individuals, our company as a whole and our customers. Numerous reports conclude that continuous learning makes a positive impact. A survey conducted by Deloitte found that companies with a strong learning culture are 92% more likely to innovate and are 52% more productive [1]. Read on to see how this commitment encourages innovative thinking that helps craft solutions for visionary companies worldwide and drives industry-leading progress. 

Light Guide Continuing Education: A Cornerstone of Excellence 

Why is continuing education so crucial in the realm of light guide technology? It’s all about keeping pace with the latest technologies and processes. This proactive approach ensures that our engineers are not just meeting industry standards but are pioneering advancements that lead to superior products and enhanced performance for our customers. The forward-thinking attitude embedded in our commitment to continuing education keeps our team on the cutting edge and strengthens our research and development capabilities internally. 

Investing in Growth: Education Stipends for Engineers 

Because we value the ongoing education of our team, we allocate a yearly dedicated education stipend for our engineers. This stipend empowers them to actively seek opportunities for improvement and advancement beyond their daily responsibilities. It’s a tangible investment in the growth of our engineers, reinforcing our belief that the pursuit of knowledge is a key driver of innovation. 

Unlike imposing a set number of continuing education hours, we understand that our engineers work in diverse areas, each requiring different levels of education. We prefer to follow standard industry practices and conduct regular assessments of individual performance rather than rigid requirements imposed across the board. This personalized approach allows us to tailor learning experiences and ensure that each engineer follows a path that maximizes their potential and contributes most effectively to the team.  

Certifications: Encouraged, Not Mandated 

While individual certifications can be valuable, we don’t require specific certifications for our engineers. However, we do encourage their pursuit of certifications or other training programs where applicable. This flexible approach acknowledges the diverse skill sets within our team and allows individuals to choose certifications that align with their expertise and career goals.  

Check out the Global Lighting Technologies light guide design process to see how customers work with our engineering team and see their certification and training in action. 

Inspiring Innovation: The Impact of Continuing Education 

For our engineers, education isn’t confined to classrooms or computers – it spans continents. Our teams frequently travel to Asia, particularly to our Taiwan headquarters, to understand the manufacturing process from the ground up. This in-person training helps build stronger working relationships and fosters better communication among colleagues. The result is a collaborative environment that breeds better ideas, innovation, and ultimately, superior customer outcomes. 

Continuing education isn’t just a checkbox at Global Lighting Technologies. It’s a wellspring of inspiration and opportunity. According to a report by the World Economic Forum, industries that invest in continuous learning and upskilling experience a 34% increase in productivity and a 21% increase in profitability [2]. Ongoing learning sparks new ideas in controlling light, optimizing component usage and reducing power consumption. This commitment to knowledge results in thinner light guides, greater power savings and improvements in both aesthetics and performance – a true testament to the transformative power of education. 

The Benefits of Light Guide Continuing Education Abound 

Our commitment to excellence isn’t just a tagline – it’s a living reality fueled by the continuous learning journey of our engineers. Because we invest in their growth, embrace tailored learning experiences and encourage a culture of innovation, we not only keep up with industry advancements, we set the pace. This translates into more customer value than simply receiving a custom light guide; it results in a solution crafted by highly skilled professionals dedicated to pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the world of light guide technology. 

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[1] Deloitte – “Global Human Capital Trends 2021” 

[2] World Economic Forum – “The Future of Jobs Report 2020” 

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