Posts Tagged ‘Visual Connections’

  • Visual Impact gears up for sold-out show

    Sold out: Visual Impact Sydney

    Visual Impact’s Sydney 2018 show has sold out, and organisers are hoping for a packed event at its original home in Sydney Olympic Park.

    Peter Harper, Visual Connections.

    The graphic arts industry trade show has switched back to Olympic Park from last year’s location at the International Convention Centre after a vote in which members overwhelmingly backed the return, according to Peter Harper, general manager of events and publication at Visual Connections. “Last year wasn’t a good result, which was understandable given it was a PacPrint year, so we had to make our decision on whether to go back or stay – we needed to book the space for Visual Impact 2018 and PrintEx 2019. Our members voted 75 per cent to go back to Olympic Park, so that is where we are,” he said.

    Harper encourages printers to come along and see the show next month. “We have done our bit on selling all the space, now we just have to get the people there. We are spending a lot of time and money on marketing, and so far so good,” he said. “Preregistrations are up, so we are heading in the right direction. All the major suppliers are exhibiting, so hopefully the industry will come out and support those suppliers as well.”

    The show will be a valuable experience for any who attend, says Harper. “Like any trade show, it is a great opportunity to keep up with the latest technology. We have a great seminar program which we hope will benefit guests in their businesses,” he said. “We have a number of business breakfasts being run on each day before the show opens as well, so it is good to be a part of those – TSA, AIG, and Dscoop are each hosting one.”

    Visual Impact Sydney 2018 runs from September 12-14 at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. Preregistration is open now.

  • Promoting printing jobs to students

    A 3D print lab at Picton High School in Sydney.

    Industry associations Visual Connections and ASGA have teamed up to launch a new education initiative aimed at promoting career opportunities in the printing industry to students in high schools, TAFEs and universities.

    In conjunction with REA (Re-engineering Australia), the two leading industry groups have appointed the not-for-profit Australian Schools Industry Partnership (AusSIP) as its education liaison manager to oversee the program.

    ‘To create a better awareness of the industry’: Karen Goldsmith, GM association, Visual Connections.

    “The newly created national role is to help increase awareness of the opportunities in our industry to schools, TAFEs and universities and strengthen ties between industry and schools in order to promote career opportunities within the sector,” says Karen Goldsmith, general manager association at Visual Connections.

    “The longer-term goal is to influence enrolments in print, sign and graphic apprenticeships, increase school-based apprenticeships and to create a greater awareness of the industry as a viable career alternative for students.”

    AusSIP has been chosen due to its experience in working at local, national and international levels to raise educational and industry opportunities, both at strategic and operational levels, says Goldsmith. Since being established in 2002, AusSIP has placed more than 30,000 students in work placement and has intensively case managed more than 1000 students exploring career opportunities.

    Visual Connections president Mitch Mulligan welcomed the appointment. “Visual Connections members are thrilled to allocate funding towards this vitally needed position. The need to promote the industry to younger entrants and to continue to build talent and career pathways has never been greater and we look forward to contributing to a stronger talent pool for our customers in the future.”

    Michael Blazek, president of the Australian Sign & Graphics association (ASGA), says the appointment has been made with the strong affirmation of association members.  “For too long, the most visible of all trades has remained invisible to parents, students and the wider education community. It is an exciting industry, which offers a mix of skills, imagination and initiative.  We look forward to working closely with AusSIP in promoting increased industry awareness and opportunities for youth across Australia.”