Posts Tagged ‘Walz’

  • PacPrint trip up for grabs in ‘Print is Alive’ competition

    Local print apprentices who can tell the world that ‘print is alive’ in 500 words or less could win a trip to Melbourne for a guided tour of this year’s PacPrint13 trade show in May.

    The Printing Industries Association of Australia (Printing Industries) is running the Print is Alive promotion to encourage apprentices to become advocates for the industry and to use their talents to communicate the theme via any of a variety of mediums.

    National program manager of the Association’s Apprenticeship Advisor and Mentoring Program, Ian Walz (pictured), said the vibrancy of print and its versatility could be communicated in any format including multimedia such as video/YouTube, a web page, animation, PowerPoint, a brochure, flyer, written essay, artwork, poster, photography or other created image.

    “The broader the spectrum of entries we receive, the better it is for print. The message that Print is Alive should not be restricted to any particular medium. We want the apprentices to communicate the message with the medium they are comfortable with and believe to be the most effective for this theme,” he said.

    Entries are not limited in physical size but are limited to a maximum 500 words.

    Walz said all entrants must be registered in the Printing Industries Australian Apprenticeship Mentoring program.

    The winner will be flown to Melbourne from their home state (if outside of Victoria) or transported locally and accommodated overnight for 1-2 nights as necessary.

    The winner will also receive:

    • A guided tour of PacPrint by their Mentor on 24 May 2013
    • Lunch while attending PacPrint.
    • A Ticket to attend the National Print Awards Presentation Dinner on Friday 24 May.
    • Out of pocket expenses.

    Apprentices who are not registered can do so simply by providing their details via the  website.

    The competition closes on 19 April 2013 and will be judged by representatives from the printing industry. The winner will be notified in plenty of time to prepare for their trip.

    “The winning entry will be displayed on the Printing Industries PacPrint stand, number 1618, from 21 May. The stand will also feature mentor staff available to discuss how our program can assist apprentices or help company managers to recruit apprentices, ,” said Walz.

    Entries should be sent to Ian Walz, Printing Industries Association of Australia, 25 South Parade Auburn, NSW 2144 or emailed to

    Terms and Conditions are available from the website

  • PIAA set to launch new industry job service

    Printing Industries’ Australian Apprenticeship Advisor and Mentoring program is set to launch a new job service that matches employers with potential apprentices.

    The service will be available on a new website launched as part of the program.

    The job matching service, which is scheduled to launch in two weeks’ time at the beginning of December, aims to encourage employers to post suitable jobs in the hope of enticing motivated potential apprentices.

    National program manager, Ian Walz, said the website development is part of a strategy that involves social media, plant visits and career and trade expos across the country.

    “We are travelling as far and as wide as we can spreading the good news about an industry that is evolving into an exciting new era and promoting the benefits of engaging in an exciting career through an apprenticeship,” he says. “The website provides ready access to information on industry career paths, how to go about starting a career and how to access the apprentice support provided around the country by our mentors. It will also feature a new ‘live chat’ service for more immediate engagement.

    “This will be supplemented by social media and a more comprehensive website in the new future. Employers are catered for too and can also get information on apprenticeships and the various incentives offered as well as registering their interest in hiring an apprentice,” he says.

    According to Walz, since the program started in August, operating out of all Printing Industries offices around Australia, mentors had represented the industry at apprenticeship, skills and career expos, job and the PrintCom exhibition at Sydney’s Darling Harbour.

    “This program is being run in every mainland state and has proven to be very fruitful in identifying the ‘young and not-so-young’ candidates who wish to have an apprenticeship,” he says. “The job matching service will take this a step further by bringing together potential employers and apprentices.”

    Employers are being encouraged to express interest in employing an apprentice and in taking advantage of the free service that Printing Industries will provide.

    “Please contact us either through our website or email,” says Walz.