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$250k still up for grabs in Future Print finale

Wednesday, 25 January 2017
By Robyn Frampton

The Future Print project, the landmark joint venture initiative between Printing Industries and the AMWU, winds up in just over four months and with $250,000 in subsidised training still to be taken up, the race is on to fill the final subsidised training places.

Future Print was established in 2012 to address two key areas of challenge for the industry – apprenticeship training and business transformation.

The project sought, and was granted, Federal Government Funding for two projects. The now completed Future Print Apprenticeship Project saw a new, competency based apprenticeship training model designed and piloted by more than 300 apprentices. The more recent Future Print Business Transformation Project provided the opportunity for businesses to assess their performance, plan the transitions needed to meet future market demands, and train and equip to meet those demands.

It is this second project, which is due to conclude in mid-May, which David Galbraith and the Future Print team at Printing Industries are working hard to ensure delivers every dollar’s worth of value to the industry.

David Galbraith, Victoria Future Print advisor, PIAA.

“To date, we have had hundreds of businesses undertake strategic reviews using the Media Super online Business Benchmarking service and many of those have gone on to work with Future Print consultants and use our Business Toolkit to create workforce development plans,” Galbraith reports.

“Of the 500 federally-funded places for subsidised training, however, only 465 have been taken up – and now time is running out for businesses to snap up those last 35 places as once the project officially concludes in mid-May, the remaining funding is off the table.”

While 35 places may not seem many, they collectively represent a quarter of a million dollars in savings for the businesses who take them up – but once the project reaches its end date, the funding is ‘off the table’.

“Funds must be spent by the project’s conclusion, so while you can theoretically still commence subsidised training at any time up until the middle of May, those who don’t complete the course and get their paperwork done before that cut-off won’t qualify for the second subsidised payment. Realistically, that makes late January this year about the latest a trainee would want to start.”

Courses available under the Future Print Business Transformation Project including Competitive Systems & Practices (Lean Manufacturing), Small Business, Colour Management, Sales and Digital Upskilling. Further information on each, together with information on how to register, can be found at or by contacting David Galbraith at Printing Industries on 0434 746 313 or by email at

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