Posts Tagged ‘Media Super’

  • Inaugural award showcases industry’s future leaders

    Printing Industries is urging NSW printing companies to nominate their outstanding young employees for a new award recognising leadership qualities within the printing industry.

    The Future Leaders Award, sponsored by Media Super, aims to recognise and reward bright and talented people who through their work, behaviour and attitudes demonstrate a high level of commitment to their vocation and to the industry. NSW joins Victoria in introducing the award as part of a national roll out by Printing Industries.

    Bill Healey (pictured), Printing Industries CEO and NSW general manager, says the winning NSW state candidate would be named during the Employers Mutual 2012 NSW Printing Industries Craftsmanship Awards (PICA) presentation on 2 November.

    “That candidate will then compete against winning candidates from other states for the national title to be held in conjunction with PacPrint in May 2013,” says Healey. “This is another way of demonstrating that, as an industry, we are serious about developing a skilled workforce to meet future industry demand for skilled employee and must work cooperatively to achieve this.

    “We commend Media Super on this initiative which is complementary to our strategic direction on engaging with the young and our recently implemented Apprenticeship Advisor and Mentoring Program.

    “This program engages with young people to encourage them into the industry and to help those already in the industry to complete their training and achieve their vision for a satisfying and rewarding career – and hopefully to become a future leader in the industry,” he says.

    Starting in 2013 the Future Leaders Award will be fully integrated into all the state PICA events. Media Super National Client Relationship Manager, Lisa Collins, says that Media Super was proud to expand its support of the PICA Awards in NSW and to build on a successful print industry partnership.

    “This new award is designed to recognise and reward the most talented young people coming up through the ranks in NSW,” she says. “From printing to graphics and design we have exceptional young people who are committed to excellence and achievement. They are our future industry leaders making a positive contribution in a time of change and transition.

    “NSW has many gifted and talented young designers, printers and production specialists who continue to demonstrate the power of print. At Media Super we strongly believe that it is now time to directly acknowledge the exceptional young people who are making their mark in our industries,” she says.

    Entries for the NSW Future Leaders Award close on Friday 28 September 2012, click here for more information.

  • Stark choice presented to the industry – ‘Innovate or Stagnate’

    Understanding and using innovation in printing businesses will become an important focus for Printing Industries industry engagement following a successful round of forums in cities around Australia which ended last week.

    The Printing Industries’ ‘Innovate or Stagnate series sponsored by Media Super featured speakers from the acclaimed Hargraves Institute.

    Speaking at the Sydney forum, Hargraves Institute executive director, Alan Ryan (pictured), said that companies could not continue to do what they did 10 years ago and expect to be successful. He also cautioned against relying solely on technology for an ongoing solution.  “It doesn’t matter how successful you are, technology comes and goes,” he said. “The world is changing and unless you change too, you will be left behind. One of the best ways to innovate is to perfect someone else’s ideas – there’s no need to invent anything or even invest – just take the idea and do it better.”

    He divided innovation into 10 types:
    1 The business model – how you make money.
    2 Networks and alliances – how you join forces with other companies for mutual benefit.
    3 Enabling process – how you support the company’s core processes and workers.
    4 Core processes – how you create and add value to your offerings.
    5 Product performance – how you design your core offerings.
    6 Product system – how you link and/or provide a platform for multiple products
    7 Service – how you provide value to customers and consumers beyond and around your products.
    8 Channel – how you get your offerings to market
    9 Brand – how you communicate your offerings
    10 Customer experience – how your customers feel when they interact with your company and its offerings.

    He advised companies to examine theses areas, reject what they considered irrelevant to them, select what is relevant and then do something about it. Ryan said innovative companies needed to have multiple projects running all of which were focussed on getting them where they wanted to be.

    “If you have multiple projects and one fails, that’s OK because you have others running. Smaller projects cost less and are easier to manage than big projects until you get the experience to run bigger projects. Always remember that from little things, big things grow,” he said.

    Printing Industries is currently finalising the next development phase with the Institute that can assist companies move forward with innovation.

    Pictured: (l-r) Following the Sydney Innovate or Stagnate seminar  Printing Industries CEO Bill Healey with Media Super General Manager, Client Relations Lisa Collins, Hargraves Institute Executive Director Alan Ryan, Media Super Relationship Manager Virginia Flint and Media Super Relationship Manager Peter Cleary.