Three generations in print

Mrs Dorothy Comer celebrated her 100th birthday with an afternoon tea party on 18 April, attended by her family, friends, and fellow residents at Southwood Court in Basildon.

Dorothy, who has two sons and a daughter, eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, moved to Southwood Court, our sheltered home for people who have retired from the printing industry, with her husband, Jack, 32 years ago.

When Prince Charles opened the completely rebuilt Southwood Court in 2001, the Comers’ flat was chosen to show him the facilities and they had a conversation with him.

Widowed ten years ago, Dorothy is still self-sufficient, preparing her own meals in her flat. She has had to give up knitting and embroidery due to her eyesight but she still does a crossword every day.

Dorothy worked in the hand finishing section of The Baynard Press, her husband worked for The Daily Mirror, her son-in-law is a print estimator, and her grandson is a printer.

Dorothy attributes her long life to being part of a very close family.





Review of Print Industry Modern Apprenticeship

Proskills are working with employers and other key stakeholders in the print industry to review the Print Industry Modern Apprenticeship Frameworks (Scotland) to include the new SVQ qualifications.  To ensure these meet the needs of the industry we need your help.

This consultation provides an opportunity to shape the revised frameworks before they are submitted to the Modern Apprenticeship Group (MAG), the approval body. The consultation is particularly pertinent to employers in the print industry and may also be of interest to stakeholders and training providers.

We would like you to complete a short survey regarding the content of the Level 2 and 3 MA Frameworks.  The survey can be accessed by clicking the link below, the survey will only take around 10 minutes to complete: survey will close on 8th May 2015.

Modern Apprenticeships in Scotland

Modern Apprenticeships offer those aged over 16 paid employment combined with the opportunity to train for jobs at craft, technician and management level. Employees need to demonstrate to their employer that they have the potential to complete the programme.

Modern Apprenticeships are developed by sector skills councils (SSCs). SSCs consult with employers and key partners in their sector to produce a training programme, which meets the needs of employers.

In Scotland, there are more than 70 different Modern Apprenticeship Frameworks. There are four different levels of Apprenticeship in Scotland: SCQF 5 (SVQ 2), SCQF 6/7 (SVQ 3), SCQF 8/9 (SVQ 4) and SCQF 10 (SVQ 5). They all contain the same 3 basic criteria:

  • A relevant SVQ (or alternative competency based qualifications)
  • Core Skills
  • Industry specific training.

If you have any questions or require any further information please contact:

Lisa Williamson – Apprenticeship and Qualifications Development Manager

T: +44 (0) 1235 432030 


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