Posts Tagged ‘TAFE’

  • TAFE fashion designers turn to Epson

    An Epson EB-L1505UNL projector used to display student graduation designs.

    The Sydney Fashion Design Studio (FDS) at Ultimo TAFE has invested in a new Epson dye sub fabric printer and the latest Epson projectors for its design students.

    Fashion students recently began using the Epson SureColor F-Series dye sublimation fabric printer in their coursework and in the creation of their graduation designs. FDS are also using Epson EB-L1505UNL projectors to display student artworks on the walls at the end of year fashion parade.

    Epson’s printing, projection and imaging technology has helped raise the FDS’ quality bar to a new level, according to TAFE NSW’s Alexander Zehntner.

    Original designs created by FDS students using an Epson SureColor F-Series Dye Sublimation fabric printer.

    “FDS Ultimo TAFE invested in an Epson F-Series dye sublimation printer when we upgraded and started delivering the Bachelor of Fashion Design to enable training with the latest industry technology standard,” he says. “Our students use the Epson dye sublimation printer to realise their original art works for individual custom design on fabrics for fashion and interior products.”

    FDS Ultimo TAFE also used Epson EB-L1505UNL projectors at a student fashion show in an inner-city warehouse space to project students work onto distressed walls as people walked into the space.

    “The projector was amazing, with incredible colour and definition capturing all of the character of the artwork. Truly great image reproduction,” says Zehntner. “The projector was also left on for an extended length of time with no problems and it really created a buzz and a great conversation piece amongst guests as it allowed us to be innovative and create an interactive experience with our audience, transforming a simple waiting space into a dynamic experiential space.

    “We have already seen a lot of growth with digital printing in the fashion industry and with all our graduates being skilled and able to use specialised equipment. It’s good to know they will keep pushing the design boundaries with Epson.”

  • 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. 
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  • 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.


  • Spandex teams up with Avery Dennison for free vehicle wrapping courses

    Spandex Asia Pacific is running ‘bolt-on’ training courses at selected TAFE Institutes, in conjunction with Avery Dennison, to teach signwriting and graphic arts students the art of vehicle wrapping.

    The first 2013 course takes place this week at Orange College of TAFE and draws students from Dubbo, Parkes, Cowra, Canberra and Bathurst. It forms part of the students’ Certificate III in Signcraft and also touched on large wall and window graphics.

    It’s a wrap: Wayne Stewart (L) and Alex Osbourne (R) at Orange TAFE.

    Wayne Stewart (pictured), signage teacher at Orange College said “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to work alongside professionals in the art of vehicle wrapping using a vinyl film, which is a growing trend in signage.”

    The next course scheduled is at Hunter Institute of TAFE, Newcastle in October, with further free TAFE courses planned.

    “Vehicle wrapping, whether total or partial, is a booming industry but there is a shortage of sufficiently skilled applicators,” says Alex McClelland, Spandex managing director and vice-president for Asia-Pacific. “In supporting TAFE training, Spandex and our material supply partner Avery Dennison, would like to demonstrate our commitment to increasing the pool of skilled labour and also give the students an extra skill to use in the job market. There is no cost to either the TAFE College or the students; we are doing this to support the industry’s future.”

    Spandex Asia-Pacific has branches in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

  • 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.