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Industry fightback – TAFE print training revival in Vic

Tuesday, 08 January 2013
By Patrick Howard

Training Action Group secures commitment from one of Melbourne’s leading TAFE Institutes to establish a print training centre to replace the lost RMIT facility.

The Victorian and Tasmanian Printing Industry Training Action Group was formed by prominent industry identities in May last year following the announced closure of RMIT print training.  After intensive discussions with Peter Hall, Victorian Minister for Higher Education and Peter Ryan, Deputy Premier, it has announced the engagement of as yet unnamed Melbourne TAFE college to provide comprehensive apprenticeship training for the local printing industry.

According to Roy Aldrich, director of Eastern Studios and a leading member of the Action Group, (pictured right) the new college will provide off the job training, as well as on the job if required. “The new facility will house state of the art equipment for all areas of modern print and communication production,” he said. He maintains that the decision by RMIT to suddenly withdraw from industry training has left the sector in a shambles.

He nominated Ron Patterson, formerly national marketing manager and Victorian manager of Printing Industries, as one of the driving forces behind the initiative. “Ron Patterson has successfully engaged one of Australia’s leading TAFE Institutes to establish what will be the state of the art print training centre in Australia.  He [Patterson] will continue his important role within the Training Action Group, taking it forward to secure apprenticeship training for the long term in Victoria and Tasmania.”

Printing Industries made Patterson redundant and dispensed with his services just before Christmas. The Association has recently entered the training sector with the purchase of a Registered Training Organisation in Queensland.

Other members of the Action Group, Trevor Hone, managing director, Avon Graphics (pictured centre) and life member of the Printing Industries with Bob Yeates, managing director at East Gippsland Newspapers and current president of Country Press Australia, (pictured below) maintain the committee has very strong industry support in Victoria and Tasmania, which they say will make the new venture solid and successful for print apprenticeship training.

In a statement the Group thanked Minister Hall for the direction received and the support received from the TAFE Institute.  It claims the future for print apprenticeship training is now back on track, (industry driven) for the southern states of Australia, if not nationally. We are calling on the full support of our very important industry owners and managers to make this a great success.

Full details of the new print training facility will be announced in the next few weeks.


One Response to “Industry fightback – TAFE print training revival in Vic”

  1. January 08, 2013 at 9:10 pm,


    Interesting times. 3 different training organizations for a sector that RMIT obviously thinks has no future. I hope the industry can work together, with a focus on young people, and educational transition for the future. Lessons have to be learnt from the mistakes made by the previous industry stakeholders.

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