ProSkills UK Introduces Eighth PrintIT Competition

2012-10-03 09:14:50

Published on 2012-10-03 09:14:50

The print industry has come on leaps and bounds in recent years, incorporating a wide variety of different technologies to provide the best possible products for consumers.

Innovations such as broadband and Wi-Fi technology have helped to make it easier for people to print off their documents, introducing the possibility of sending articles from any area of a home.

Rather than relying on one printer to carry out an office's full duties, companies can divide the load by using multiple systems.

This brings many advantages to businesses, especially those which allow people to work from home, a trend that is becoming increasingly popular among bosses.

The ability to print documents from a location situated miles away from an office enables staff to save on transport costs, resulting in larger savings each month.

As technology continues to evolve, ink cartridges have also become more impressive, offering better output for businesses.

Better photo quality means that organisations have a better chance of impressing their consumers, who will prefer detailed and colour printouts rather than patchy output that is solely comprised of black ink.

In the current economic downturn, ink cartridges can take a sizable chunk from a company's budget, so it is key that colour is used in a judicious fashion.

While the recent developments in the sector have led to many breakthroughs for companies, it is important that there is a fresh batch of specialists who are ready to take over the role.

To help with this, ProSkills UK has launched the eighth annual PrintIT competition, which has been designed to encourage students to contemplate a future career in the industry.

It is targeted at students, teachers and parents and aims to demonstrate that the print and paper industries are advanced, exciting and dynamic fields for individuals to pursue a career.

Students currently undertaking GCSE and A-Level graphic products and design courses are the main focus of the initiative, as well as those who are now working towards a diploma in creative and media.

People can register for the project at any point during the academic year, and it is hoped that the work will prove as successful as its predecessor.

A total of 92 per cent of teachers in the 2011/12 report admitted that the project provided students with a better insight into their career possibilities, while 84 per cent said that their pupils enjoyed participating in the programme.

The PrintIT initiative was originally launched in 2005 and more than 110,000 students have taken part in the competition, helping to develop a promotional campaign that introduces students to the modern, dynamic printing industry.

In order to give pupils an insight into the sector, a twinning scheme has been introduced, adding a vocational element to the project by allowing schools to interact with local businesses and experience the industry first hand.

Schools have the chance to twin with a printer or paper manufacturer in their local area by using the interactive section of the PrintIT! website, where teachers will be able to identify the 20 closest twinning partners.

Tony Lock, PrintIT! chairman and managing director of Duplo UK, said: " Our world is changing and print and paper, like many industries, are deeply affected by these changes. For print and paper to adapt to this new world and thrive we need a pool of young, enthusiastic talent. We all know we have two wonderful industries.

Mr Lock went on to say that the only way that the best available talent will be attracted to the industry is if links are developed with schools,

Ian Aspley, general manager at Proskills UK, said: " PrintIT! offers a significant opportunity for suppliers, printers and paper companies to be associated with what has become the UK’s largest Schools into Industry Programme.

"It helps to attract young people into the industry by getting them involved in this dynamic programme and raises their understanding of what an exciting and ever developing industry print and paper is."

Posted by Barry Ashmore.

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