Career progress for diploma in printing
Tauranga printer Ross Craig received the Diploma in PrintManagement Student of the Year 2017 award at the recent Print Training Graduation awards ceremony in Auckland.
The annual award is sponsored by industry training organisation Competenz.
Sam McNaughton, Competenz national manager for sector engagement, said Ross had showed commitment and passion for the print industry.
“By choosing to complete a diploma, Ross has broadened his knowledge of the printing process and taken a step up in his career,” Sam. “We’re really proud to acknowledge his achievement.”
While Ross has been working for printing company Jenkins for the past 18 years, five years ago when hewas based in Auckland he was offered diploma study.
“Jenkins putme throughmy Competenz print apprenticeship and I was running a variety of machines in the general label side of the business. When the company set up Jenkins Freshpac Systems in Tauranga Iwas offered a contract to be the team leader responsible for the day to day running and up-keep of presses and print crew. Studying toward the diploma was part of the contract, which I saw as a pathway off the tools and into a possible managerial role.”
That pathway has become a reality, with Ross appointed to a print production manager role on completibg his diploma a year ago.
“The diploma helped prepareme for what is involved in this position. If the opportunity arises in the future Iwould like to study for a Diploma of Business Studies,” he says.
Ross says Jenkins has a proud history of taking on and moulding young apprentices into quality printers.
“I always enjoywhen a new apprentice finds out the complexity of the printing process— getting a design concept for a product to the press— and the techniques and skills it takes to create a high quality finished product.
“For anyone thinking of doing a print apprenticeship, Iwould say do it. It’s an enormous industry— every branded product you see in a supermarket has come from an area of the print industry. With the digital age upon us, I tell my apprentices not to fear the ever-changing technologywithin our industry, but to embrace and learn from it.”