Jasmine is ahead of the ‘game’ with top lighting exam results

Outside of work, lighting engineer, Jasmine Benson, plays on the wing for Consett AFC Belles and when she is not on the football pitch, Jasmine is an A* pupil in our lighting design team.

Having been at the company for a year I have settled in well. I work closely with my lighting design manager, Karl Snowdon, who appointed me and has also played a role in mentoring me and developing my industry knowledge. The year has flown by and I have been very busy. Having formerly worked at B&Q designing customer bathrooms and kitchens, I have been working hard to understand and learn more about our lighting design offering.

On a day-to-day basis I work within a five-strong team, liaising with Karl as I become more involved in project design. It has been a big challenge with a lot of information to absorb but, like anything new, you have to ask a lot of questions, be constantly curious and work hard.

Supported by the company, I have recently achieved a Lighting Industry Association (LIA) certification and gained an A* in my studies. Along with 15 other people from across the country, I travelled to Birmingham for a week and learnt more about lighting application and design for differing working spaces. As well as classroom based learning, I was tasked with lighting a building layout via manual calculations instead of using software so as to get the light levels I desired.

I have also had the opportunity to work on a number of live projects including helping to design the lighting at The Friarage Hospital, Northallerton within the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre. The year-long project saw me designing and delivering the fittings, meeting with the contractor and participating in project meetings, all of which was a fantastic experience.

As I develop with the company I want to continue my learning. Karl has taken the time to pass on his knowledge and experience within the sector and I am really enjoying being part of the team.

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