Posts Tagged ‘training’

  • 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.


  • PIAA backs international standard training series

    The Printing Industries Association of Australia (Printing Industries) is backing a series of international standard specialist training for essential mail and transactional document sectors, with the first course kicking off in mid-July.

    Melbourne and Sydney will host the series of courses, run by the Document Institute on behalf of Acadami – an international organisation specialising in education and training for the electronic document industry focusing mainly on the transaction document production process and work flow.

    Successful completion of all three of the assessed courses qualifies participants that have been in the industry for at least two years to apply for their Electronic Document Associate (EDA) certification from Xplor International, the global document systems industry association.

    Academi International President, Bill Broddy (pictured), will be visiting Australia from the USA as Senior Instructor for the schools. He will be assisted by the Document Institute’s Brett Dashwood and other local industry veteran instructors with decades of individual experience in the document systems industry.

    The courses dates are:


    – Transaction Document Production (Monday 22 & Tuesday 23 July – two days)

    -Document Systems Lifecycle (Monday 29 July & Tuesday 30 July – two days)

    -Transaction Document Best Practices (Monday 5 August – single day)


    -Transaction Document Production (Thursday 25 & Friday 26 July – two days)

    -Document Systems Lifecycle (Wednesday 31 July & Thursday 1 August – two days)

    -Transaction Document Best Practices (Friday 2 August – single day)

    The schools are limited to 10 participants in each location and will be held at the Printing Industries Association of Australia training facilities in both states.

    Bookings are now open so if you would like to enquire about attending these courses, please contact the Document Institute on (03) 8610 2181,, or visit

    Click here for more info in the Print21 Calendar.

  • 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.

  • Government backing boosts industry training

    The Junior Printing Executives Association of NSW (JPE) is working to ensure the printing industry is investing in its future leaders, offering training courses off the back of new government sponsorship, the first one of which is designed to tackle the challenge of leadership.

    This is the first time that the JPE has offered these courses and, along with the Printing Industries Association of Australia (Printing Industries) it is calling on print businesses in NSW to take advantage of at least two new government-funded training programs set to kick off in July.

    Early this month, JPE announced the offer of an initial two courses to be run by Leadership Management Australia (LMA) and Applied Training Solutions (ATS). While government-funded, the courses do require a small co-contribution.

    The cut-off date for enrolments into the initial two courses is 12 June, the courses themselves will begin on 11 July, with ‘The Challenge of Leadership’ (Certificate IV in Frontline Management), which will be run by Leadership management Australia (LMA) at the Printing Industries office in Auburn.

    This will be followed by ‘The Sales Edge’ (Certificate IV in Business Sales), run by Applied Training Solutions (ATS) from 16 July, also at Printing Industries’ Auburn office. Both courses will run over a ten-month period.

    The courses will follow very closely behind two new print industry courses run by Spectra Training in Melbourne over June. Spectra’s two courses were designed to cover the initial interest the training organisation identified among PacPrint punters at the trade show in May.

    The two new courses being offered by JPE are part of a broad training push that has swept through the industry over the past year, seeing private registered training organisations enter the industry with new training programs and also the establishment of a dedicated training division within Printing Industries itself, which included the acquisition of registered training organisation, Intech Australia – the training division of Independent Print Media Group (IPMG).

    With the offer of its first two courses, JPE said in a message to the industry that:

    Owners and senior managers who support the professional development of their key staff, particularly the young, are rewarded many times over by better informed, better connected and more confident people. They will bring back new ideas and fresh energy to your business every time they attend JPE events.

    According to Printing Industries, these initial two courses offer businesses and employees a host of benefits, including: recognition through a national qualification, the content is about training future managers and leaders from businesses’ current workforce, serious professional development opportunities for key employees, and tools for employees to use in their day to day work.

    Additionally, Printing Industries says that the courses are conducted by strong, well-respected training providers which have a strong history of success in the Australian printing industry, and the course fees are heavily subsidised by the government – up to 66 per cent of the costs of the programs (depending on the size of the business involved).

    The association claims that numerous studies have shown that the best-managed companies achieve high scores for performance in areas such as leadership, sales-per-employee, rate of revenue and market share growth. Training of employees has significant and positive benefits to businesses operating in a highly competitive market.

    In collaboration with Innovation and Business Skills Australia (IBSA) and the federal government, Printing Industries says it is pledging its support of print businesses around Australia and their employees to achieve greater success and sustainability.

    If you believe your business would benefit from investing in some of your key staff please call Neal McLary (pictured), 
general manager, Research and Development at Printing Industries on 0418 738 231, or email at:, but, get in quick, enrolments close on 12 June.

  • 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.

  • Holmesglen print training centre edges closer to reality

    A submission from the TAFE college to Peter Hall, Victorian Skills Minister opens the way for a revival of off-site print training in the state.

    Bruce McKenzie, CEO, has provided a full proposal to the Victorian Government to establish a National Printing and Graphic Communications Centre of Excellence, at Holmesglen Moorabbin Campus. The proposal reinforces the college’s belief in the viability of an established print training facility where apprentices can come to receive out of work training.

    The proposal details costs for the reestablishment of a dedicated facility following the shock closure of RMIT’s long established state of the art print and communication campus at Brunswick.

    According to Roy Aldrich, leader of Printing Industries action committee, (pictured) the proposal has every chance of success. “I’m confident the Minister will look favourably on the proposal. It is vital we have a proper training facility for our young apprentices,” he said.

    He points out that the current state of affairs has left many printing companies with existing and new apprentices without proper training that was previously provided by RMIT University.

    “The Minister has acknowledged that the important print, manufacturing and communication industry needs the re-establishment of a new apprenticeship training facility to provide the future workforce with adequate skills and technology expertise in an ever changing technological era,” he said.

    Bill Healey, CEO of Printing Industries, who paid tribute to the efforts of the action committee to keep the proposal on track, endorses the move towards a new print training set up. “The action committee are doing good work on behalf of the industry. We’ll have to wait and see how the Minister responds,” he said.

    Holmesglen TAFE is one of Australia’s largest with a number of campuses. Under the proposal the Holmesglen Moorabbin TAFE will feature a new building with state of the art equipment for hands-on training for the apprenticeship courses, interfaced with prepress, design, up skilling, management and many other industry related training modules.

    “The whole of the Victorian printing and graphic communications Industry, hand in hand with the Holmesglen TAFE, look forward to the approval by the Minister, to proceed with this very important move to future proof this magnificent, important Victorian manufacturing industry,”’ said Aldrich.


  • Roland DG announces 2013 VersaWorks training dates

    Wide format manufacturer, Roland DG, is looking to top up its customers’ skill-set in the coming year, with the release of the dates for its 2013 VersaWorks Advanced training course schedule.

    Developed by experienced Roland print specialists, the VersaWorks Advanced training courses are designed to improve print quality, production processes, and overall commercial performance.

    Providing detailed lessons on how to use both the standard and advanced features of VersaWorks, the interactive courses will give users the tools and knowledge to take full advantage of the many capabilities of their Roland printer or printer/cutter.

    The full day course, run in seminar style with demonstrations will cover topics including:

    -Environment & calibration


    -Colour management

    -Managing and fine-tuning profiles

    -Advanced production techniques and tips

    -Workflow Automation

    It will also cover new features in the latest version of VersaWorks, including the built in PANTONE libraries and important maintenance that will help to extend the life of its customers’ Roland printers.

    The courses will run throughout Australia and will commence in Sydney and Melbourne, with dates for other areas to be confirmed and announced shortly.

    The dates are:

    -Tuesday 26 March – Sydney

    -Wednesday 1 May – Melbourne

    -Wednesday 26 June – Sydney

    -Thursday 8 August – Melbourne

    -Thursday 26 September – Sydney

    -Tuesday 19 November – Melbourne

    To register, or for more information on Roland DG Academy visit, click here, or contact Roland DG on (02) 9975 0000.

  • 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.


  • PIAA gets government backing for key courses

    Printing Industries is calling for Expressions of Interest from New South Wales and Victorian companies in a series of business productivity courses that the Federal Government has agreed to subsidise.

    Printing companies have the option of their staff members undertaking any or all of the three courses being offered which are geared towards improving company competitiveness in a robust business environment.

    The courses are:

    The Challenge of Leadership (Certificate IV in Frontline Management)

    This course aims to develop the highly effective leadership abilities required for continuous improvement, project management, change- management, innovation and building high performance teams including:

    • Developing and implementing a 6 – 8 month workplace project
    • Accepting the challenge of a high performance environment
    • Overcoming resistance as a leader of change and innovation
    • Developing a commitment to continuous improvement
    • Creating high performance teams
    • Developing employee potential in a learning environment
    • Delegation, decision-making and problem solving.

    The Sales Edge (Certificate IV in Business Sales)

    Based on the premise that: “Nothing happens until something gets sold,” this course is geared for sales teams to grow revenue through learning how to achieve:

    • New clients
    • Better client retention
    • More profitable relationships with existing clients
    • Increased market share.

    The third course, Promoting Innovation, is customised to reflect the specific needs of enterprises and is framed to develop an innovative mindset in the training participant. It includes two face-to-face training days supported by on-the-job project work and coaching.

    At the end of the program participants will have developed skills, tools and behaviours that can be applied to day to day work to deliver innovative solutions to opportunities and problems, which might include new products, processes, services and practices.

    Participants will receive a formal Skills Set Certification from a Registered Training Organisation.

    Printing Industries CEO Bill Healey says that one of the major challenges facing printing companies was in identifying their future skill sets.

    “The surety of the ‘trades’ to meet your production requirements is diminishing as new ‘non-traditional’ technology becomes available and engaged in the printing business of today and tomorrow,” he says. “Numerous studies have shown that the best managed companies achieve high scores for performance in areas such as sales per employee, rate of revenue and market share growth. Training of employees has significant and positive benefits to businesses operating in a highly competitive market.

    “There is little doubt that in today’s highly competitive environment, productivity gains must be sought at all points across the marketing and sales value chain for small, medium, and large sized companies,” he says.

    According to Healey, Printing Industries is partnering with Innovation and Business Skills Australia (IBSA), Federal Government and in NSW Junior Printing Executives (JPE) to bring these crucial skills into the reach of all printing companies.

    “Subject to industry demand, we hope to bring these courses to Sydney and Melbourne and to regional areas in both states,” he says. “Training will begin in February 2013 and in most instances will run for about 10 months. Costs will be minimal since these courses will be substantially subsidised and Printing Industries will assist with the necessary paperwork making this a very attractive proposition for all businesses.”

    To register your interest, contact:

    Neal McLary; Mobile:0418738231

  • 1st official digital print training workbooks launch

    NSW Department of Education & Communities reaches across the Tasman to Creative Family for Kiwi input and design in landmark industry education project.

    Responding to demands for a structured training course for digital printing, the NSW industry training advisory board (ITAB) has produced the first nine modules of a certificate course: ICP20310 Certificate in Printing and Graphic Arts (Digital Printing). A further set of modules will be produced by Innovation and Business Skills (IBSA) in time for next year’s PacPrint.

    The series of workbooks provides the foundation for progressive training in the area of digital printing. On the job training and assessment will give industry workers recognised skills and a defined career path in the digital production environment.

    This is the first time digital operatives can access the same type of training and recognition long enjoyed by offset and other types of professional printers.

    The first workbooks were launched by industry training executive, Max Wilson with Bob Snedden as project manager, last night (Thursday 20th) at David Leach’s wide format premises, Look Print, in Sydney. Wilson said the training resources were “outstanding and we want you [the industry] to have ownership.”

    Kathy Wilson, general manager, Ricoh Australia, commenting on behalf of the company’s input into the project, said the launch came at an appropriate time in the fast changing industry. She evoked the new Ricoh tagline  – Imagine Change – as a description of how the industry was rapidly evolving. “We are transitioning to the communications industry and if we don’t make the change all we’ll be selling is stuff,  which is not interesting and doesn’t make money,” she said.

    Of special note in the congratulations was the work performed by Margaret Fitzgerald of graphic design company, Creative Family of Christchurch (pictured with David Leach, Look Print). Recommended to the project steering committee by Joan Grace, formerly CEO PrintNZ, her company’ work was recognised as setting a benchmark for training resource design.

    The workbooks produced so far are:

    • Set up & produce basic digital print
    • Produce PDF files for online & screen display
    • Manage digital files
    • Troubleshooting digital files
    • Introduction to colour management
    • Use digital workflow
    • Use digital processes
    • Set up & produce specialised digital printing
    • Finish a digital product.

    Printers interested in obtaining copies of the resource can access them

    For further information contact:



  • $20 million for industry training – Carlo Lauricella

    The federal government has allocated $20 million over two years for mature age industry workers who are 50 years or over to receive training that will see them obtain formal qualifications for expertise. Carlo Lauricella (pictured), industry training specialist and director of Applied Training Solutions, explains the new program and how businesses in the printing industry and their staff can make the most out of it.

    Print businesses with workers over 50 years of age can now apply to the federal government for industry training funding after the introduction of its Investing in Experience (Skills Recognition and Training) program.

    With a pledged of $20 million over the next two years for mature-age industry skills training, the Australian government’s Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education has set out to help up to 5,000 mature-age workers (50 years and over) to gain nationally recognised qualifications.

    The new Skills Recognition and Training IIE-SRT program was introduced at the beginning of July to replace the government’s outgoing More Help for Mature Age Workers program, which ended on 30 June this year.

    The program is designed to provide an opportunity for mature age workers to have their current capabilities recognised and to receive training to fill any knowledge or skills gaps, a vital step for many print workers to take in the increasingly swiftly changing industry.

    Under the Skills Recognition and Training IIE-SRT program, employers can apply for individual grants of up to $4,400 including GST to help their mature age workers to undertake a skills assessment and obtain gap training if the assessment identifies an area that requires more work.

    The program will then enable the worker to obtain a nationally recognised qualification at the Certificate III to Advanced Diploma level at registered training organisations around Australia, such as Applied Training Solutions (ATS).

    The funding breakdown goes something like this: an initial $3,300 is payable on completion of a skills assessment and the commencement of knowledge gap training; and a further $1,100 is payable on completion of that gap training.

    Even if the worker already has formal qualifications at the Certificate III level or above, they might be eligible to receive further funding to complete an approved Skill Set from within a Nationally Endorsed Training Package.

     The value of experience

    The government believes that mature age workers bring an enormous amount of knowledge and capability to the workplace and says that, for various reasons, these skills have not always been formally recognised through accredited qualifications.

    The lack of formal qualifications can often lead to early retirement and career limitations, however, this new program will help to ensure that the skills and knowledge of mature age workers continue to make a value contribution to business and the economy.

    The Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education has outlined who can sign up for the new program:

    • Employers from all employment sectors, who employ mature age workers, aged 50 years and over, under an Award or Certified Agreement
    • Small business owners, including sole traders, operating in Australia who are themselves mature age workers
    • State and Territory Governments, the organisations they establish and local governing bodies that meet the eligibility criteria

    Applications for the program cannot be made by the employees themselves, and must be made by the employers, except in the case of small business owners and sole traders who are themselves aged 50 years or above. Additionally, the department has also outlined a list of people who are not eligible for the funding including mature age workers who are registered apprentices and mature age workers who are not Australian citizens.

    Applications for the program’s funding were open for submission from the beginning of July until the government’s funding of $10 million for each of its two years is fully committed or until when the program winds up on 30 June 2014.

  • Vic printing industry action group ‘betrayed’ by RMIT

    Two weeks to meet $1million demand by the college for equipment and learning assessment material in order for the industry to keep apprentice training alive.

    An action group of concerned industry professionals including Roy Aldrich, Eastern Studios, Trevor Hone, Avon Graphics, Bob Yeates, National President of Country Press,  Ron Paterson Regional Manager Victoria, and Bill Healey C.E.O. of Printing Industries were in urgent consultation with the Victorian Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Peter Hall, when they claim RMIT betrayed them by privatising the printing apprentice programme.

    The group met with RMIT on several occasions in an endeavour to let Printing Industries take over the management and instruction rights of RMIT Printing School.  The college maintains it wants the purpose built printing school  at Brunswick to house design students.

    According to Aldrich, RMIT’s take it or leave it offer to the group was … $350,000 for equipment plus $70,000 to remove the equipment and $8,000 per unit of competency for learning and assessment material.  There are approximately 8 units of competency per Certificate III Apprenticeship.

    The group maintains they are in continuing positive negotiations with the Minister who is assisting the industry to overcome the shock exit of RMIT Print from industry training.

    A furious Aldrich says the group, with other printing industry advisors, acted as an advisory council to the college. An assurance was given that they would be able to bid to take over the training. They were meeting with the Minister when they heard the college had sold its International Centre of Graphic Technology (ICGT) learning and assessment material, and awarded the contract for industry training to CLB Training & Development.

    “We haven’t given upon this. I’m very angry at the way this has turned out,” said Aldrich, who has been deeply engaged with industry training in Melbourne for decades. “We met with RMIT and told them that if they didn’t want to do it [apprentice training] then we would. They refused to let us have the building, which was built specifically for industry training and gave us two weeks to raise $1million to take over the equipment. That’s an impossible short deadline,” he said.

    He claims the industry is in uproar about the decision and vowed to continue to fight. The apprentice scheme will continue for at least 18months while the students enrolled complete the course. No new apprentices will be enrolled at RMIT Printing from July 1, 2012.

    “It is unbelievable. We’re very disappointed at the way RMIT handled the whole thing,” he said.

    He is calling for industry support to rally against the decision and for the industry to regain control of its own training. “We have the support and backing of Bill Healey C.E.O of Printing Industries as well as the whole of the printing industry and we are determined to make a fight of it,” he said.

    “The industry is determined with the help of the Minister to take back 60 years of apprentice training and successfully make the print school the best in Australia and the southern hemisphere.  We must protect our industry from such a blatant disregard of this important backbone of the industry.”