Posts Tagged ‘Bill Healey’

  • Young Achievers Award – James Cryer’s clarion call to the future

    A proposed new awards system to recognise the winning qualities in young professionals across our industry will not even mention the term – apprenticeship.

    Imagine a gala event held at one of our capital city’s lavish hotels with TV cameras and the press jostling as glamorous young things strut the stage to the acclaim of an audience of thousands. Next day the media exposure is overwhelming with press and TV coverage.

    Hollywood? The final episode of Celebrity Detox? Australia’s Next Top Model? No – this is the grand final of the Printing Industries National Young Achiever of the Year Award! Fanciful? Maybe. Impossible? Possibly, but all it needs is vision, something the visual arts industries has in spades!

    Parents would be lining up outside printing companies demanding their offspring be given a job!

     Back to reality. Full marks to Bill Healey for appointing Joan Grace to head-up the new printing industry training initiative. Out of the RMIT train wreck may arise a better programme more suited to the needs of our industry.

    The printing industry is a collection of fiercely independent tribes with multiple training-streams and therein lies our strength and weakness when it comes to inducting new entrants. I’m not suggesting all these tribes should get crunched-up into one over-arching, supra-organisation – it’ll never happen! I am suggesting that there is an opportunity, bigger than the differences and it is the need to attract and retain new entrants. (Note my avoidance of the word, apprentices.)

    Joan’s arrival, and her focus on building exciting new training pathways, creates the perfect opportunity for us, as a multi-sector industry, to come together and work towards creating an industry-wide programme to recognise, reward and retain the best and the brightest. This would extend across all sectors; signage, labels, packaging, mailing, etc – not just offset. It would recognise all functional roles such as customer-service, production admin and sales, not just apprentices.

    It would be a fully integrated system of states’ awards leading to a national awards structure not dissimilar to the current National Print Awards. By bringing all the associations together to cooperate, it would also raise the profile of print, which would in turn, help attract new entrants!

    Where to start? The good news is we’ve already begun!

    I refer to the existing event known as the NSW LIA/Heidelberg Graduates Awards, which has been a great showcase of the best and brightest apprentices mainly from the offset sector. It contains the organisational expertise to enable an expansion. It could easily be re-defined to include all the other segments that go to comprise the greater printing church; labels, flexible, packaging, mailing, signage – reminding us that we are a collection of diverse tribes.

    Heidelberg has been a stalwart sponsor from the start. Nevertheless, with the need to broaden the award’s ambit and to present it as a true mirror of the industry, it would be more appropriate to re-brand it as the Printing Industries awards scheme. Individual suppliers could still sponsor a particular award category.

    The changing mix in training pathways. We have a unique opportunity to re-think the calibre and type of individuals we wish to attract and reward. Sadly, the need for factory-floor based apprentices is dwindling as other more exciting roles emerge. This is the story of our industry right now, not doom and gloom but readjustment. The contemporary industry is based on more capital, less labour, keeping the dream alive but with fewer bodies.

    Apprenticeships have zero resonance within the design or digital printing fields. The obvious response is to widen the definition of who can enter a new-look awards scheme and include all vocations within the broad visual-communications industry. Young Achievers can be any outstanding employee, according to certain agreed-upon standards of excellence.

    Taking ownership. This new, broad-based awards program should fall under the aegis of the Printing Industries (plural) Association of Australia, the body that purports, by its very name, to represent all the colourful tribes. Actual implementation would be via a body set up comprising all the participating sectors.

    Printing Industries’ Young Achievers Awards has a natural flavour to it and it’s agnostic; it doesn’t align itself with any sector, process, technology or commercial interest. This is vital; it must be free of commercial bias, like the ABC.

    A multi-sector approach like this also meshes perfectly with Printing Industries’ recent success in gaining federal funding to promote the attraction and retention of trainees. What better way to justify such a grant than to invest in a high-profile event, which showcases the best of the best across all sectors of our industry, not just the dwindling offset base?

    To quote from Worldskills Australia’s own website, the Young Achiever Awards would be:

    committed to the development … of vocational education … and to build a skills culture by inspiring young people, celebrating skills excellence and providing them with an opportunity to showcase their talent.

    There is nothing there about apprentices but everything about achievement. That’s the printing industry of tomorrow!

    James Cryer
    JDA Print Recruitment



  • Foster’s foresight for Printing Industries seminars

    Printing Industries is enlisting the former national foresight manager for global brewing giant, Foster’s, to speak at its Planning and Innovating for the Future seminars in October and November.

    Steve Tighe – who has not only worked for Foster’s, but also with Holden, Kraft, ClubsNSW and the Victorian State Library – will be giving a presentation outlining how print companies can work better with their clients during the seminars, to be held in Sydney and Melbourne.

    According to Tighe (pictured), the changes occurring now and into the future have significant implications for the printing industry, while also presenting significant opportunities.

    “It’s important that printing company managers understand consumer values and attitudes and how and why behaviours and needs are changing in order to work better with their clients,” he says. “My presentation will focus on this with particular attention to the rise of post materialistic values and attitudes, what it all means and the impact this is likely to have on Australian lifestyles over the next 10 years.”

    The seminars, hosted by Printing Industries, will focus on the importance of printing companies being able to understanding the changing social attitudes, behaviours and needs of their client’s customers.

    “Every company in our industry either provides direct services to consumers or services other businesses who service consumers,” says Bill Healey, Printing Industries CEO. “It’s therefore essential that printing companies understand what drives consumers in order to be able to work with their clients to communicate the right messages in the best way for them.

    “This Media Super sponsored seminar has sourced one of Australia’s top speakers on the future and innovation who will explain in a simpler and entertaining way what the trends are and how printing companies can leverage this knowledge to create new business opportunities,” he says.

    The Planning and Innovating for the Future seminar will be held in Sydney on 23 October and in Melbourne on 21 November 2012.

    Sydney will hold a luncheon session beginning with drinks at noon and the presentation over lunch from 12.30 pm at Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club. Bookings are $80 per person and can be made by contacting Mark Tolentino, e-mail:

    Melbourne will finalise its venue shortly and expressions of interest can be left with Mandy Palmer, e-mail:

  • Industry players show support for PICA NSW

    Some of the local printing industry’s biggest players have shown their support for this year’s PICA NSW event, with a group of 15 companies already signed on to partner with the PIAA for the awards event in November.

    The 2012 NSW Printing Industries Craftsmanship Awards, which will be held on 2 November at the Sydney Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, has already named Employers Mutual as its major partner, but Printing Industries has added several other big names to the growing list of sponsor companies.

    “We have the support of Kodak and Lanier as Silver Partners; Bottcher, Quote & Print, BJ Ball Papers, Heidelberg, Fuji Xerox and Konica Minolta as Bronze Partners and Brissett Rollers, SkilledForce and Currie Group as Pewter Partners,” says Bill Healey, Printing Industries CEO and NSW general manager, adding that it was “heartening to see last year’s Major Partner, Employers Mutual, continue their support as the naming rights sponsor for 2012 and Media Super continue as our Platinum Sponsor.”

    Healey (pictured) welcomes the new partnership arrangements saying it was a good confidence boost for the local industry.

    “The PICA awards are the major activity for our NSW printers and it’s a great boost to our printing community to have so many industry partners prepared to support this event in a period of particularly difficult trading conditions,” he says. “These companies are an integral part of our printing community providing key support services and are well respected in their respective field of workers compensation and superannuation services.”

    Healey says he also commends the NSW Government’s Office of Environment and Heritage and Applied Training Solutions for continuing their Gold Partnerships, adding that there was still time and space for other companies to come on board in support of PICA NSW.

    “There is still an opportunity for other to join us and they can do this by contacting Mark Tolentino in our Sydney office,” he says.

    The NSW Call for Entries was open and companies had until 10 September to submit their entries. Click here for more information.

    The Call for entries forms can be downloaded here and the brochure here

  • PIAA launches Australia’s largest printing apprenticeship program

    Printing Industries has launched what it says is the largest program in support of apprenticeships ever for the printing and graphic communications industry in Australia.

    The apprenticeship program is aimed to increase the retention rates of current apprentices – both young and mature age – and encourage new entrants by challenging out-of-date perceptions about the industry. It will run over 12 months and necessitate the establishment of a national Apprenticeship Advisory Service and Mentoring Program.

    The Australian government’s Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education is funding around $1.4 million for the new program as part of the government’s commitment to increasing the skill levels of and opportunities for the Australian workforce.

    Bill Healey (pictured), Printing Industries CEO, says the project had been under development with the Australian Government for some time. He welcomes the boost to industry apprenticeships and says Printing Industries would be working with the government and all industry stakeholders to ensure the industry had a suitable trained workforce to help it reposition itself to take advantage of innovative technologies and opportunities.

    “This is part of the Association’s strategy to ensure that the evolving digital industry and lithographic industry is provided with an adequate supply of new, well-trained employees for its future needs,” says Healey. “We know our industry has a low-profile among job seekers and our apprenticeships are not popular with young job seekers who mistakenly view us as being low, old fashioned technology.

    “We need to correct these misconceptions and make our industry an attractive career option, a commitment supported by the government,” he says.

    It is anticipated that the Printing Industries mentoring program will provide, mentoring and support to approximately 500 apprentices in their first year of training and an additional 500 existing apprentices identified as needing support to complete their apprenticeships.

    “Our first year apprentice target groups will be school leavers, vulnerable youth and mature workers in addition to existing apprentices identified as being at risk of not completing their apprenticeship,” says Healey. “Directly employed industry apprentices do not currently have access to this kind of support and in smaller businesses may not receive the support they need to help them through their apprenticeship. We believe this initiative creates the opportunity to greatly increase the existing numbers.”

    Printing Industries will use its national network and infrastructure to manage the services which will be provided by an additional eight specialist staff.

    An associated national advisory service will be staffed by two advisors based in Sydney, and will be responsible for providing information to school leavers and other potential apprentice applicants, employers, Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and employment brokers to increase the take up of industry apprentices.

    This will provide apprentice communication services in support of the six state mentors and will include the creation of website, social media and telephone support services; the development of new information packs for employers and guidance counsellors; careers expos and seminars; and chat rooms linking industry experts with potential apprentices.

    The initiative’s mentoring program will utilise six mentors, whose role will involve the identification, selection and matching of apprentices to ensure a ‘good fit’ between the apprentice, their employer and industry. They will engage with employers and potential apprentices and their families to promote apprenticeships and how they can be best used.

    The mentors will also provide a ‘pastoral care’ style support to overcome a broad range of barriers faced by apprentices that could threaten the successful completion of their apprenticeship. This will also include strategies to improve career progression and apprentice retention levels. They will also work with businesses to ensure they understand the apprenticeship system and open up new areas for employment.

    Healey says negotiations are currently underway with the Australian Government for a second, larger long-term project focussed on adapting apprenticeships to the industry’s long term needs with particular emphasis on promoting competency-based progression.

    Inquiries about the program can be directed to National Program Manager Ian Walz on (02) 8789 7362 or e:

  • NSW calls for 2012 PICA entries

    The New South Wales PICA Award entries are now open, with entry open until 10 September for printing industry hopefuls who wish to be featured in the 2012 Awards.

    The Employers Mutual 2012 Printing Industries Craftsmanship Awards (PICA), which will be held on 2 November at the Sydney Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, will be running with under the theme of ‘the Power of Print.’

    Printing businesses will have until 10 September this year to submit their entries for both the Business Categories and Print Categories of the awards.

     Printing Industries CEO and NSW general manager, Bill Healey (pictured), says entry forms are being printed for distribution over the coming weeks.

    “Hopefully companies have already begun putting aside their best work to showcase our 2012 theme – the Power of Print – and we can expect to see some very innovative, high quality entries,” says Healey. “Based on feedback we received last year, the forms have been modified to make them easier to use. They have been divided into two distinctive sections to keep the print and business categories separated.

    “There have also been changes to the wording of some print categories making them more explicit which is intended to help companies to correctly categorise individual entries.”

    Healey also welcomed the ongoing support from Employers Mutual as the naming rights partner for this year’s event.

    “It is very heartening when you have Australia’s leading workers compensation claims manager supporting your event for the second successive year,” he says. “Our NSW partner support list is developing well with many companies already signed on.”

    Included in this year’s NSW partner list is, platinum partner Media Super; gold partners Applied Training Solutions (ATS) and the NSW Government Office of Environment and Heritage; silver partner Kodak; bronze partners Heidelberg, Bottcher Systems, Quote & Print, BJ Ball Papers and Konica Minolta and pewter partners MAS National, SkilledForce and Currie Group.

    “I encourage companies that have yet to confirm their support to contact us as soon as possible to maximise the opportunity partnering with NSW’s highest profile activity for 2012,” says Healey.

    NSW PICA will be held on Friday 2 November 2012 at the Sydney Convention Centre, Darling Harbour.

    The Call for Entries brochure can be downloaded and the Entry forms are available here.

  • Toshiba ‘No-Print Day’ scrapped

    Toshiba America has scrapped its plans to hold a ‘National No-Print Day’ on October 23 following a sustained backlash from the global printing industry labelling the event as a ‘misinformed’ greenwashing campaign.

    The peak US printing body, Printing Industries of America (PIA), today announced that, after a conversation between its president and CEO, Michael Makin (pictured), and Toshiba USA’s senior vice president, Bill Melo, the electronics company had decided to abort its No-Print Day campaign.

    In a letter sent to PIA members early on June 21 Sydney time, Makin outlined some of his conversation with Melo and thanked everyone in the US and the global printing industry who contributed to the protest against the Toshiba initiative.

    The letter, released on June 20 (US time), reads:

    I am pleased to report that as a result of protests by Printing Industries of America, its members, and the industry as a whole, Toshiba has agreed to abort its National No Print Day!

    Last evening I had a lengthy conversation with Bill Melo, Toshiba USA’s senior vice president of marketing, services and solutions regarding its ill-conceived initiative.

    Mr. Melo was quite “concerned” with how the campaign had been received by the commercial printing industry and stressed it was never the intent of his company to disenfranchise or insult our industry. He explained that the campaign was always directed at the office marketplace where he opined there was needless waste.

    My retort to Mr. Melo was that if this was truly the case, his campaign should have been more specific. It was not promoted as “let’s save office waste day” but rather National No-Print Day. I argued this was tantamount to having a “Do Not Walk” day or “Do Not Eat” day and that the grassroots response from our industry was only to be expected.

    I reiterated our position that Toshiba abandon the notion of a No-Print day. If it wants to focus its eyes on the office marketplace, its campaign should be centered there and not by extension implicate or disparage America’s printing industry.

    Mr. Melo did commit to going back to the drawing board and assured me the promotion on its website will be removed and that any relaunch of a campaign directed at office waste will explicitly explain that this in no way references the legitimate commercial printing industry and its importance to the American economy. I thanked Mr. Melo for his swift response to our concerns but cautioned that any follow-up campaign containing misleading statements regarding paper would be subject to similar scrutiny, particularly from the paper industry. He indicated he would be making an outreach to this sector as well.

    Thank you to everyone who joined in our effort to protest this initiative. This is a major victory…”

    Australia’s Printing Industries, in conjunction with Two Sides played a major part in the local resistance to the Toshiba initiative. Printing Industries’ chief, Bill Healey, says that, “we know it [No-Print Day] has global implications, and the decision reflects the effort we all put in.”

    Kellie Northwood, national manager of Two Sides Australia, says Toshiba’s decision to abort its No-Print Day, “reflects that they have listened to their industry peers and wider community. There are times when businesses implement a flawed policy and whether it through lack of education or understanding, if that business rectifies their error this should be acknowledged.”

  • Enterprise Connect offers health checks for print businesses

    Printing Industries is encouraging all small to medium printers to apply for a Enterprise Connect Business Review and gain an independent assessment of their business. One company already benefitting from the process is Theo Pettaras’ Digitalpress, which has seen a 15% increase in productivity.

    Following advice from their business adviser, Digitalpress implemented a cash flow management system and developed a detailed business and marketing plan to define market demands and clarify the future vision for the Sydney-based printer.

    “We were in an early growth stage and were very focused on the day to day running of the business, we welcomed an outside perspective on improvements we could make to the way we do business,” said Pettaras.

    Experienced Enterprise Connect Business Advisers are available to conduct a top-to-bottom analysis of individual businesses within the printing industry. The Business Review is conducted on-site and involves assessing strengths and weaknesses, benchmarking against other businesses in the industry and providing recommendations for business improvements.

    Enterprise Connect has been offering the Business Review service to Australian businesses across an expanding range of industries for over three years, approving over 5,500 Business Reviews.

    Enterprise Connect recently established the Printing and Publishing Industries Support Network to provide professional business advice, development services and linkages to businesses within the printing and publishing industries. With specialist expertise and networks, Enterprise Connect can now provide more tailored advice and support to printing businesses.

    Printing industries CEO Bill Healey, said feedback from printing businesses among the first to pilot the Enterprise Connect Business Review had strongly endorsed the value of undertaking the Business Review and of accessing other tailored services offered by Enterprise Connect.

    “The Business Review is conducted by an Enterprise Connect Business Adviser whose goal is to help the printing business to reach the next level with unbiased advice and their specialist knowledge of the printing industry.

    “These people have significant private sector experience at a senior level and are focussed on helping companies to achieve very real and sustainable change and use a range of industry contacts, tools and resources to assist business for the longer term,” Healey said.

    According to Healey, on average each client could expect their review to identify at least five recommended actions across a wide range of areas including strategy, human resource management, financial management, business and production processes and marketing.

    “Once they have completed the review, businesses can access Tailored Advisory Service funding to help implement change. The goal is to make the individual business robust and sustainable into the future,’ adds Healey.

    Hagop Tchamkertenian, national manager for policy and government affairs at Printing Industries, said he was hopeful the Printing and Publishing Industries Support Network will provide a new impetus and result in increased take-up of the services offered by the Enterprise Connect.

    “We have been calling for increased support for our industry for some time. Having a dedicated Network for our industry is a major triumph. It is now up to printing industry participants to take full advantage of the opportunity that has been made available to them and strive to become more efficient, competitive and sustainable.

    “83 per cent of Enterprise Connect clients have reported improvements in productivity and efficiency. We are now inviting our industry to take up the opportunity and become part of the process of continuous improvement,” said Tchamkertenian.

    To find out more about accessing business improvement services tailored to the printing industry, contact Printing Industries on 1800 227 425, or to apply for an Enterprise Connect Business Review visit or call 131 791.

  • RMIT dumps print training – printing industry outrage

    RMIT University will close the book on its International Centre of Graphic Technology (ICGT) centre in 18 months as falling apprenticeship numbers force its hand. The Printing Industries Association of Australia said it was “shocked and dismayed.

    David Currie, CEO of Currie Group and a long-term supporter of the Institute and of printing training around the nation, also said he was, “Mortified and shattered as a result.” Currie Group has provided millions of dollars in equipment and support and is at a loss as to why the decision was taken.

    The shock announcement follows a series of 2011 investments that saw ICGT’s press hall at RMIT’s Brunswick campus install a purpose-built climate controlled pre-press facility. Currie Group alone has contributed two Shinohara offset presses, a HP Indigo 5000 digital engine along with a state-of-the-art Horizon finishing line.

    The training centre is also nearly a year into a five-year agreement signed with Heidelberg for a 2006 model Speedmaster SM 52-8-P, an installation that marked the first time print apprentices has access to an eight-colour perfector press. RMIT has invested more than $1 million in the past three years into the ICGT.

    According to John Barnes, director of TAFE at RMIT, the university is already in consultation with industry stakeholders to ensure a niche-training organisation steps up to serve their requirements. “We shall be working with every apprentice and their employers to ensure that all current training programs are completed. All existing programs will be taught until completion,” he said.

    “Unfortunately, the printing industry has been experiencing long-term difficulties in sourcing apprentices. In turn, this has cut numbers at the ICGT to the point where its activities are no longer viable. The education industry is changing and we at RMIT are putting our efforts into growth areas which reflect our strengths as a global university of technology and design – areas of high growth and high demand.”

    An “extremely disappointed” Bill Healey, CEO of Printing Industries, believes it is imperative for the industry to act quickly and collectively to remedy the situation.

    “While the announcement is extremely disappointing we must be proactive in finding a solution, not just for Victoria and Tasmania, but for the industry nationally.

    “Apprenticeship numbers have been declining over many years and all publically funded training providers have been experiencing difficulties in justifying stand-alone training organisations in their states. Industry needs to step in and take control of its own destiny and look to creating a national approach to apprenticeship training,” he said.

    Healey said the PIAA has been exploring the feasibility of establishing a single national training arrangement to ensure the needs of the printing industry continued to be met into the future. “Such an arrangement would focus on improved efficiency and better promotion of a nationally consistent training pathway for apprentices.

    “We are currently preparing an application for funding to look at the future of apprenticeships, in conjunction with the Australian Metal Workers Union. Given the RMIT announcement, this will need to be fast-tracked,” said Healey.

    He called on the Victorian Government to ensure ongoing funding is provided to enable the industry to meet its skill requirements. “We believe this is essential if our members are to retain a place in the multi-channel communication world of the future,” he said.

    Printing Industries will be meeting with RMIT as matter of urgency to ensure apprentice training in Victoria and Tasmania continues for existing and new apprentices during the 18 month RMIT wind-up period.

    Ron Patterson, state manager for Printing Industries Victoria and Tasmania, is disappointed by the announcement after working with RMIT over a number of years to develop a new approach to industry training

    “A great many people have been working to create a better system for our apprentices and a modern, relevant curriculum to attract more apprentices into our technologically driven industry, so RMITs decision to bail out is not welcomed.”

    “However it won’t deter us and I am confident that any consolidation of training agendas would be welcomed by suppliers who are regularly faced with having to provide expensive equipment to multiple sites. Consolidation could lead to a better allocation of costly resources and to closer co-operation with industry. We must focus on achieving this as quickly as possible,” said Patterson. ”


  • Member buying Group launched by Printing Industries

    Printing Industries members now have access to the best deals on everything from electricity and gas purchasing to glass window replacement – even wine purchasing – following the launch of its members’ Buying Group.

    CEO Bill Healey said the Buying Group has been created to provide members with a platform for aggregated purchasing of regularly used goods and services to improve the bottom line of their business and family budget.

    “Our goal is to return real cash value to members as part of our membership benefits services and to provide an easily accessible resource to achieve this. The Buying Group has its own password protected website which also offers some basic purchasing control tools to assist member companies monitor their purchasing and contract transactions.

    “We are celebrating the launch with a range of some 20 products and services and will progressively bring on board more services as they are identified from member feedback and on completion of negotiations currently underway,” he said.

    Printing Industries has partnered with EMSquared to provide a managed web portal aggregating its existing and new services into a single, managed purchasing environment.

    “EMSquared have brought together the aggregated buying power of our industry and several other industry groups, including the Australian Hotels Association, to negotiate better prices for a large range of business related services.

    “This includes the ability for members to access obligation free contract tender and negotiation services covering waste management, electricity and gas supply, phone and internet services and insurance. This is in addition to the 16 pre-negotiated offers included in the launch,” said Healey.

    Printing Industries will be introducing new services on a regular basis via special Buying Group newsletters, so members should make sure they keep an eye for the latest offers. If there’s something you think would be useful to include, please let us know at:

    The pre-negotiated offers include:

    • Leasing
    • Energy
    • Insurance
    • Travel
    • Workers Compensation services
    • Fuel discounts and account management
    • Volkswagen and Subaru Vehicle purchasing discounts
    • Holden vehicle leasing
    • Europcar corporate and leisure vehicle hire
    • Glass replacement and installation
    • Software
    • IT maintenance and management services
    • IT equipment purchasing (computers, printers, storage & networking)
    • Hotel accommodation discounts – local and international
    • Gift certificates and gift boxes
    • Wine purchasing