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Labels Plus 55 that those apprentices who attend the block time have a chance to rub shoulders with a variety of other students from a range of different disciplines that many would never have a chance to speak to otherwise. “Our emphasis is to show these students that they’re not just a student and future trades person in say the litho or digital industry, but are in fact part of a wider printing industry,” explained Paul. “They use their online portal to seek help from other students if they have a problem, and often, the answers for these problems are coming from completely different areas of the print industry from where the question was generated. So we’re achieving cross-fertilisation and crowd support by asking the crowd to help,” said Paul. He said often you’ll find a flexo/digital person working with a screen/digital person and creating certain files together. “We have 2 wide-format printers, a high-speed production machine, an Acurio poster press and a label press. We also take the students on visits to a cross-section of printing establish- ments, so they can actually see a large machine making cartons, or printing areas they may have never seen before.” Paul said the Printing division has three instructors plus himself and a range of equipment that has been donated, which shows the interest that many companies have taken in the re-establishment of a course that was very much needed. Visual Connections has given a cash donation; KM has donated the major digital machines and signed an MOU; EFI was a major software donor and supplies the RIPs for the digital machines; DIC supplies the inks and Ball & Doggett have been generous with their paper stocks. “We are also regularly contacted by industry looking for staff or new apprentices. To assist them, we connect them to our Skills and Jobs Centre where they can advertise their vacant positions. We can then run suitable applicants through a four-day print industry Job-Ready program before sending them for an interview.” Finally, said Paul: “The industry is in a constant state of change, and training needs to change with it to remain flexible and relevant. To that end, we are looking for industry representatives to provide feedback on the current training package units, some of which need expanding and some which need updating to cover the gamut of services and media now on offer.” To fi nd out more about Holmesglen print training courses visit www.holmesglen.edu.au/Courses/Arts-and-Design/ Printing/ Students participate in a highly-structured Certificate III in Printing and Print Manufacturing, that reflects what their employer's industries require.
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