Ca­reer progress for diploma in print­ing

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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.”

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