Posts Tagged ‘NSW’

  • NSW ends TAFE fees for some apprentices

    (l-r) PIAA’s Paul Mitchell with Rob Stokes MP, NSW Minister for Education and Liliana Mularczyk from the NSW Department of Education.

    Printing Industries has welcomed the move by the Berejiklian Government to scrap TAFE NSW fees for 100,000 apprentices, a move that will save some students up to $2,000.

    The measure announced in today’s NSW state budget comes after months of lobbying by Printing Industries officials who have met regularly with senior staff at the NSW Department of Education.

    “The wheels of Government turn slowly but our members and the Industry should be proud of its Association and the work we have done to win this policy outcome,” says PIAA CEO Andrew Macaulay. “Industrial manager Paul Mitchell has been instrumental in seeing this change through. He has opened doors where others could not get in.”

    Mitchell, who met with Education Minister Rob Stokes in June to discuss concerns over print training, says industry feedback was the biggest driver behind the government’s move.

    “This is a terrific announcement for industry,” says Mitchell. “The Berejiklian Government has responded to the concerns of the printing industry as well as other industries. The apprenticeship issue in the printing industry is mainly a supply side issue, as we raised with Government. We have dozens of businesses wanting to take on young people and give them a start, but very few wanting to start and even fewer who want to stay.” The NSW Government’s announcement today goes a long way to addressing this, he says.

    Macaulay says the decision underlines the benefits of association membership. “This decision endorses and demonstrates the value that industry gets from being members of their Industry Association. A stronger printing association means stronger outcomes for the printing industry.”

    The Government has allocated $285 million for the scheme, which will come into effect on 1 July.

    “We will make it open right across the board to vocational training providers, TAFE NSW and make sure that we get more tradies into the field,” says Deputy Premier and Skills Minister, John Barilaro.


  • It’s on – NSW PICA call for entries

    It’s on, New South Wales is the latest state to launch its Printing Industries Craftsmanship (PICA) call for Entries with forms available from 20 August.

    The forms cover 33 print and four business categories and the Media Super Future Leaders Award which was introduced last year.

    Media Super is also the principal sponsors for this year’s NSW event.

    Entries must be submitted by close of business Friday 23 September 2013.

    Entry forms can be downloaded here and the Call for Entries category brochure here

    The NSW Presentation night will be held on Friday 6 December 2013 at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.

    Meanwhile the first of the state PICA presentation events is being held in Western Australia on Saturday 24 August 2013 at the Hyatt Hotel, Perth.

    Tasmania and Queensland will hold their PICA events on Saturday 12 October followed by South Australian and Northern Territory on 15 November, Victorian PICA on 8 November and the ACT Page Awards 22 November.

    For more information visit Printing Industries PICA NPA Information Centre here

    For more information and to find out about other upcoming events, click here to visit the Print21 Calendar.

  • 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