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Promoting printing jobs to students

Tuesday, 07 August 2018
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A 3D print lab at Picton High School in Sydney.

Industry associations Visual Connections and ASGA have teamed up to launch a new education initiative aimed at promoting career opportunities in the printing industry to students in high schools, TAFEs and universities.

In conjunction with REA (Re-engineering Australia), the two leading industry groups have appointed the not-for-profit Australian Schools Industry Partnership (AusSIP) as its education liaison manager to oversee the program.

‘To create a better awareness of the industry’: Karen Goldsmith, GM association, Visual Connections.

“The newly created national role is to help increase awareness of the opportunities in our industry to schools, TAFEs and universities and strengthen ties between industry and schools in order to promote career opportunities within the sector,” says Karen Goldsmith, general manager association at Visual Connections.

“The longer-term goal is to influence enrolments in print, sign and graphic apprenticeships, increase school-based apprenticeships and to create a greater awareness of the industry as a viable career alternative for students.”

AusSIP has been chosen due to its experience in working at local, national and international levels to raise educational and industry opportunities, both at strategic and operational levels, says Goldsmith. Since being established in 2002, AusSIP has placed more than 30,000 students in work placement and has intensively case managed more than 1000 students exploring career opportunities.

Visual Connections president Mitch Mulligan welcomed the appointment. “Visual Connections members are thrilled to allocate funding towards this vitally needed position. The need to promote the industry to younger entrants and to continue to build talent and career pathways has never been greater and we look forward to contributing to a stronger talent pool for our customers in the future.”

Michael Blazek, president of the Australian Sign & Graphics association (ASGA), says the appointment has been made with the strong affirmation of association members.  “For too long, the most visible of all trades has remained invisible to parents, students and the wider education community. It is an exciting industry, which offers a mix of skills, imagination and initiative.  We look forward to working closely with AusSIP in promoting increased industry awareness and opportunities for youth across Australia.”

One Response to “Promoting printing jobs to students”

  1. August 08, 2018 at 9:00 pm,


    Over the years we have supported many uni students from RMIT and Swinburne with their projects. Educating on traditional Forme making and cutting through to the latest in CNC digital cutting and router cutting. A lot of them have gained jobs within the industry and have come back as paying customers so the time invested does return as paying customer who remember what you gave them for free as students.

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