Posts Tagged ‘Holmesglen’

  • Robert Black farewelled at launch event

    The launch of the Holmesglen printing program in Melbourne. (l-r) Robert Black, Holmesglen program manager – printing; PIAA CEO Andrew Macaulay; and David Latina, deputy secretary Victorian Dept of Education.

    Long term industry veteran Robert Black has retired after 50 years working in the printing industry. The accomplished educator and industry identity is leaving on a high, celebrating the revival of TAFE print training at Holmesglen, Victoria.

    Black was the driving force behind Holmesglen’s new printing program that was officially launched on Tuesday with an initial intake of more than 85 apprentices.

    “I’m over the moon,” says Black. “It’s been an exciting journey and we’ve accomplished a great deal here over the past 18 months which I’m very proud of.

    Black thanked the printing industry for its generous support. “I’ve been overwhelmed by the support we’ve received from the printing industry, from David Cooke and Konica Minolta, who supplied $1 million in equipment, from Karen Goldsmith and the whole Visual Connections board and several VisCon members, as well as from DIC, Ball & Doggett, EFI and the PIAA.”

    The industry veteran’s last day on the job on Thursday was a hectic one. “I’m trying to do a lot of things in a short time today but it’s great. 

    “It was just time for me,” he says. “I feel like I’ve done all I needed to do, the set-up here is going very well and it’s time for the next stage. We’re in a good spot but now it needs someone else who will be around for a few more years to take over. Paul Ross, an experienced industry advisor and an ex-printer himself will be taking my role as printing program manager.”

    Black has a knee operation scheduled which will keep him out of operation for a couple of months but says he will continue to serve on industry advisory groups. “I’m retiring and will have the procedure on my knee in a week or two but I won’t be going away just yet.”

    The Konica Minolta Digital Print Centre at the Holmesglen’s Chadstone campus includes an Accurio Label C71cf digital label press – the first in Victoria – as well as the latest bizhub in-line booklet maker, two Accurio digital presses and wide-format colour inkjet printers.

    Course information here.

    Our courses will give you the skills to work in this highly competitive industry, and beome a highly skilled print machinist and operator. From conventional forms to ink-jet technologies, large format printing, digital packaging applications and 3-D printing, the printed form remains highly relevant in a digital world.

    Printing Open Day, 6pm-7pm, Thursday 09 August. 
    Bookings essential.

    Register here.

  • Healey backs Holmesglen TAFE training plan

    Industry chief describes the proposed Victorian TAFE school, now identified as Melbourne’s Holmesglen,  as the most economically responsible way to deliver institutional training for printing apprentices.

    Bill Healey, CEO of Printing Industries, gave his backing ahead of a pivotal meeting between the college, the Industry Action Group and himself on Monday.  The meeting was to decide the fate of the proposal to establish a new facility to train apprentices away from their job locations. Other proposals from the Victorian Government would have involved Printing Industries investing millions in establishing stand-alone training sites.

    Holmesglen Chadstone Campus

    “My concern has always been to ensure the Association is protected from major costs in providing off site training. The Holmesglen proposal meets the needs of those in the industry that want a central training site without exposing the industry to excessive costs,” he said.

    The TAFE proposal is one of a number of industry training initiatives being progressed by Printing Industries. The development of its own RTO (registered training organisation) will see it compete with other industry players for on-the-job training throughout Australia.

    “We’re also close to finalising a million dollar Government scheme to reinvigorate apprenticeship training. This will have far-reaching effects on the industry as a whole,” he said.

    He said the industry needs to move with the times and that the Association is committed to playing a leading role in the provision of training across the country.

    Roy Aldrich, a member of the Industry Action Committee and a firm advocate for the establishment of a central training facility,was confident the Monday meeting will confirm the new apprentice training scheme. He said the agreement was secure and will usher in a new era in printing apprenticeship training across Victoria and Tasmania, and possibly throughout the nation.

    “We need this style of training to equip our young apprentices with all the skills they’ll need in the future. Everyone I’ve spoken with in the industry wants this to happen,” he said.

    No news on the outcome of the meeting was available at time of going to press.