Ap­pren­tice has po­ten­tial in print

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

Graphic de­signer Alysha John­son is one of 11 semi­fi­nal­ists up for the Print In­dus­try Ap­pren­tice of the Year Award.

The 23-year-old works for Tainui Press De­sign and Print and fin­ished an ap­pren­tice­ship in Dig­i­tal Pro­cesses for Print in Oc­to­ber.

Alysha was half­way through a Bach­e­lor of Me­dia Arts de­gree at Win­tec, when Tainui Press owner Dale Er­tel of­fered her a job and an ap­pren­tice­ship.

‘‘ I was hav­ing my as­sign­ments printed here and Dale, as he puts it, saw the po­ten­tial in me,’’ she said.

‘‘At first I said no but he man­aged to con­vince me that was the best op­tion and it to­tally was. I haven’t re­gret­ted it in the slight­est.’’

Her ap­pren­tice­ship took three years to com­plete and Alysha said the sup­port she had from Dale and Sh­eryl Er­tel was in­valu­able. ‘‘I couldn’t ask for bet­ter em­ploy­ers. ‘‘I’m very thank­ful to them for teach­ing me and for putting me through my ap­pren­tice­ship.’’

It was a chal­lenge to learn while on the job but Alysha be­lieves it was the best way to en­ter the in­dus­try.

‘‘There were as­pects of it that were dif­fi­cult but over­all it was pretty good.

‘‘A lot of it was re­ally rel­e­vant to what I’m ac­tu­ally do­ing.’’

Alysha is now work­ing to­wards a Di­ploma in Print Man­age­ment through the same train­ing provider, Com­pe­tenz.

It was ‘‘pretty ex­cit­ing’’ to be cho­sen as a semi-fi­nal­ist for the awards, she said.

Se­lec­tions were based on feed­back from train­ing ad­vis­ers, as­ses­sors/mark­ers, work­shop tu­tors, and as­sign­ment marks.

‘‘I’m pretty stoked. Fin­gers crossed make the top five.’’

The five fi­nal­ists will at­tend the New Zealand Pride in Print Awards at Sky City, Auck­land, in May.

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Fin­gers crossed: Graphic de­signer Alysha John­son is up for the Print In­dus­try Ap­pren­tice of the Year Award.

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