Posts Tagged ‘Spectra’

  • Print Awareness Course – Spectra Training

    Spectra Training is running its Print Awareness Course (2 days) in June at its South Melbourne training rooms.  Two courses are planned to cover the initial interest identified at PacPrint:

    13-14 June

    20-21 June

    Day one covers preparing files, printing process requirements (traditional & digital) and substrates.  Day two provides an overview of printing applications, embellishment and finishing. Typical printing problems are discussed and solutions offered. It is ideal for anyone who wants to learn more about printing.

    Course overview:

    > Process requirements: Each print process requires different pre-press and design elements to be considered including: resolution, colour profiles, type and page layout, trapping, bleed, maximum and minimum image sizes and file types such as PDF. Typical problems with layers and flattening are discussed.

    > Substrates: Printing can be undertaken on various types of paper, plastic, foil, metal or board. The topic covers how each substrate performs on the machine to affect the quality of the printed result.

    > Printing applications and limitations: Key characteristics of each print process (digital, lithography, flexography, gravure, relief and screen printing) and their limitations are covered. Participants are introduced to inks, dyes, and toner powders. metallic, spot pantones and process spot colours are discussed.

    > Print embellishments and finishing: The printed image can be made to look brighter or glitzier using foiling, embossing, varnishing or gold blocking. Finishing processes such as folding, stitching guillotining and perfect binding are discussed.

    Print Awareness Course is $900 for the two days or $495 for one day.

    Contact Sandy McCaffrey at Spectra Training on (03) 9292 8000 or sandy.mccaffrey@spectra-training.com for a brochure or more information.

  • Spectra Training takes PacPrint lessons to the classroom

    Spectra Training is taking its PacPrint lessons to the classroom, running a two-day Print Awareness Course this month at its South Melbourne training rooms, with the two courses intended to cover the initial interest the training organisation identified among PacPrint punters at the trade show last month.

    Day one of the course, which runs on 13-14 June and 20-21 June, looks at preparing files, printing process requirements (traditional and digital) and substrates.  Day two provides an overview of printing applications, embellishment and finishing. Typical printing problems will be discussed and solutions offered.

    The course is designed for beginners in the industry and those wanting to learn more about the sector.

    Course overview:

    > Process requirements: Each print process requires different pre-press and design elements to be considered including: resolution, colour profiles, type and page layout, trapping, bleed, maximum and minimum image sizes and file types such as PDF. Typical problems with layers and flattening are discussed.

    > Substrates: Printing can be undertaken on various types of paper, plastic, foil, metal or board. The topic covers how each substrate performs on the machine to affect the quality of the printed result.

    > Printing applications and limitations: Key characteristics of each print process (digital, lithography, flexography, gravure, relief and screen printing) and their limitations are covered. Participants are introduced to inks, dyes, and toner powders. metallic, spot pantones and process spot colours are discussed.

    > Print embellishments and finishing: The printed image can be made to look brighter or glitzier using foiling, embossing, varnishing or gold blocking. Finishing processes such as folding, stitching guillotining and perfect binding are discussed.

    The Print Awareness Course is $900 for the two days or $495 for one day.

    Click here to check out the Print21 Calendar for more information, or contact Sandy McCaffrey at Spectra Training on (03) 9292 8000.

  • Spectra Training embraces new age for industry training

    Spectra Training is looking to the future of the local printing industry’s apprentice training landscape with the formation of the Printing Industry Stakeholder Reference Group (SRG).

    The advisory group, which was formed in January this year, consists of seven industry experts, from a wide range of printing industry backgrounds, selected for their in depth knowledge of the industry and their ability to add value to Spectra’s training solutions.

    The SRG advises industry training organisation, Spectra Training, on a wide range of matters relating to the design and delivery of print training solutions, providing advice and feedback to the registered training organisation on a range of technical and industry topics, including course content and design, quality, innovation and industry trends.

    According to Specra Training, the opinions and recommendations of the SRG will ensure that the industry has a voice in fostering the apprentice training sector.

    The new advisory team: (L-R) Vanessa Hoppe – GM Apprenticeships & Training Operations, Spectra Training Neil Collyer – CEO Fineline Printing Bill Hicks – Industry Consultant, BSH Consulting Gary Cobbledick – Managing Director, Spectra Training Vince Sedunary – VIC Sales Manager, DIC Australia Angelo Cirillo – Printing/Post Press Manager, Newsprinters (Shepparton) Paul Ross – Business Operations Manager, Printing, Spectra Training

    “Industry engagement is vitally important, especially in a fast changing market environment. I am very proud that we have representation from well established companies and I am grateful for the travelling that our regional representatives do to attend the meetings,” says Gary Cobbledick (pictured middle), Spectra Training CEO. “We are extremely grateful to our SRG members for their commitment to the future of the printing industry and for the time and expertise they are contributing to the development of improved training services in Australia.”

    For Spectra Training, the printing sector, like many other industries, has felt the impact of significant change over the past few years, most notably in the areas of high cost inputs, technological advances, social media, digital production and lean business practices. In many cases, the result is that fewer people are called upon to do more of the work.

    This change has also been felt in the area of apprentice training. As a result, Spectra Training says it recognises the need to modernise the apprenticeship training system for the printing industry and looks forward to working closely with the SRG to ensure the relevance and quality of print training in Australia.