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  • Screen printer scoops New Zealand Apprentice of the Year Award

    Screen printer, Regan Quaife, scooped the New Zealand print industry’s top training award – Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by ICON Digital Printing Papers, at this year’s Pride in Print Awards in Wellington on 3 May.  

    Upon hearing his name called out, Quaife (pictured) stepped up to address the audience of 550 people at Wellington’s TSB Arena. Quaife acknowledged the support of his employers, family, PrintNZ Training, sponsor ICON Digital Printing Papers and the efforts of the other finalists.

    Quaife says he was overwhelmed to hear his name called out as Apprentice of the Year. As the winner he received a plaque and $2000 cash prize.

    “If only my third form teacher could see me now,” he says.

    Quaife completed his screen printing apprenticeship at Commercial Signs Print & Plastic, in Tauranga last year. He was one of five finalists from a broad range of businesses vying for the top training award.

    “This is one of the greatest experiences in my life, next to my wedding day. It was still sinking in the next day,” he says.

    ICON spokesperson Lisa Hegh says the company is delighted to be associated with the Apprentice of the Year Award, for the second year running.

    “The finalists represent the future leaders of the industry and we are proud to be associated with them,” she says.

    Communications and Media ITO general manager, John Cudby, commented on the exceptional calibre of the five finalists and the tough decision to choose a winner.

    “Regan and the other award finalists have already achieved at the highest level with the backing of their employers, families and other supporters. We look forward to watching Regan and the other finalists’ progress – they have bright careers ahead of them,” he says.

    Cudby talked about the key role that formal training plays in helping companies to increase productivity and competitiveness in the marketplace. He urged companies to take full advantage of the Government’s $1000 subsidy for new apprentices signing into training, in what is a limited time offer.

    “There has never been a better time to train,” he says.

    The Apprentice of the Year finalists, who had each attended an interview for the top award, hailed from companies all over New Zealand.

    The finalists were: Regan Quaife of Commercial Signs Print & Plastic, Tauranga; Nicholas Gribble of Licensys NZ Holdings, Auckland; Michael Brown of APN Print, Tauranga; Conrad Vaney of MR Print Group, Hastings and Shane Baskiville of APN Print, Ellerslie.

    Each finalist received an award and prize at the combined Apprentice Awards and PrintNZ Conference Opening Dinner on 2 May.

    After leaving school early, Quaife completed an auto services course where his tutor noticed his artistic skills and helped him land his first job as a t-shirt printer and sign writer.

    Quaife says: “Every day is different and every print is different. I am lucky where I work, as a screen printer in my workshop we get to print a very wide range of products – from signage, stickers and labels to white water rafting boat panels that get sent to places like America and Brazil.

    “The apprenticeship has benefited me hugely, from my work ethic and skills right through to my reading, writing and spelling skills. I am a lot more confident in my work and have taken charge of the printing area in my workplace, which has resulted in me being promoted to production manager,” he says.

    Quaife says he wants to keep learning and is keen to complete a digital printing apprenticeship through PrintNZ Training.

    “I think digital printing is the future of our industry and being qualified in screen printing and digital printing would benefit my workshop and my career,” he says.

    The Apprentice Awards are supported by the following organisations: Blue Print Imaging, Yoobee School of Design, Newspaper Publishers Association, Print Finishers Association, PrintNZ, Trust4Skills and the NZ Paper Forum.

    Apprentice of the Year finalists:

    • Nicholas Gribble (Digital Processes for Print)
      Licensys NZ Holdings, Auckland
    • Michael Brown (Binding & Finishing)
      APN Print, Tauranga
    • Conrad Vaney (Reel-fed Printing)
      MR Print Group, Hastings
    • Shane Baskiville (Reel-fed Printing)
      APN Print, Ellerslie
    • Regan Quaife (Screen Printing) – WINNER – Apprentice of the Year Award
      Commercial Signs Print & Plastic, Tauranga

    Top Management Trainee Award finalists

    • Shelly Fawcett – Format, Petone (WINNER)
    • Karyn Wilson – Printable Solutions, Christchurch
    • Samuel Donaldson – Screen Printing Solutions, Hamilton

    Workplace Trainer Award finalists

    • Graeme Challis, Amcor Cartons Australasia (WINNER)
    • Mike Horne, Auckland Community Print (Fairfax)
    • Clinton Sampson, Interpac Packaging

    Company Training Award finalists

    • APN Print New Zealand
    • Auckland Community Print (Fairfax)
    • Amcor Cartons Australasia (WINNER)