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Attale, Lean and Lighting: NZ training awards

Thursday, 17 May 2018
By Print 21 Online Article

(l-r) Guy Phillips (Kiwi Labels), Lisa Hegh (BJ Ball Papers), Dilanka Attale (Kiwi Labels) and wife Shankari Ratnasekaram, Ruth Cobb (PrintNZ), Tony Sayle (PrintNZ) and Andrew Thomson (Kiwi Labels).

Dilanka Attale of Kiwi Labels has won the New Zealand Print Apprentice of the Year Award at the 25th annual Pride In Print Awards in Auckland. Colin Lean of Logan Print was named Trainer of the Year and Lightning Labels won Training Company of the Year.

PrintNZ general manager Ruth Cobb said Attale demonstrated a “thorough technical knowledge of the process alongside a real passion for the work he produces, the people he works with, the business he works for and the overall industry.”

Attale paid tribute to Print NZ, training organization Competenz, the judging panel and his employers. “I sincerely thank Kiwi Labels for putting me into this apprenticeship and also special thanks to my managers for sharing their knowledge in printing with me,” he said.

“I would like to thank Andrew Thomson, my technical manager, in helping me out in various ways — identifying that extra interest which I had towards printing and letting me shine. I would not have achieved this without these guys. From the first day, they have been very helpful and encouraging me — always welcoming my ideas and correcting me when I am wrong.

“Also, huge thanks to my wife and my parents — believing in me through all these years, studying and working. I’m now one step closer to achieving my future goals.”

(l-r) Guy Phillips, Dilanka Attale and Andrew Thomson from Kiwi Labels.

Kiwi Labels GM Guy Phillips described Attale’s achievement as a proud moment for the Christchurch-based company and a “reflection of the hard work and commitment Dilanka has shown right from day one. This also really highlights the mentoring and training of both Andrew Thomson and Regan Fox throughout Dilanka’s training.”

Colin Lean, Logan Print.

Logan Print technical manager Colin Lean (pictured), who has previously been named both the Top Level 3 Completion Sheetfed Trainee and Sheetfed Apprentice of the Year, “leads by example and is a worthy winner of the Trainer of the Year Award,” said Cobb.

“Colin has continued his education with the Diploma of Print Management, while at the same time championing 12 apprentices through the business, including an Apprentice of the Year Finalist.”

Noting this year was the first time his Gisborne-based company had entered the Trainer of the Year Award, Lean said: “I am only a small part in our company’s training team, so I was proud to represent the whole team at Logan Print,” he said.

Shane Gordon, co-MD of Lightning Labels.

Cobb praised Lightning Labels for having embraced training across their workforce. “They had five staff complete seven qualifications during 2017 and have had at least one staff member complete a qualification every year for at least the last four years,” said Cobb.

“They are a small business with a big heart for training and developing their staff and we are thrilled to award them Training Company of the Year.”

Lightning Labels co-managing director Chris Goodwin thanked her team. “It’s a team win for us. Without the dedication and effort our trainees put into their training we wouldn’t have achieved this wonderful result. It just shows other small companies what can be achieved, not only for your own company, but the industry as a whole.

“Our company has 24 employees and we had five graduates in 2017 — so that’s 20% of our company who were actively participating in further education. We encourage our trainees to continue their education no matter what level they are at and it is not always [purely print-related]. It is this type of investment that will keep our company strong and rejuvenated well into the future.”

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