Hear from our Print Futures winners

Hear from our Print Futures winners

We caught up with Ayden, Print Futures Awards winner, to see how he is getting on and ask his views on the benefits of apprenticeships.

What have you been up to since winning a Print Future Award?

Since I won my Award, I have almost completed my NVQ Level 3 in Business. After I finish this, I will be moving on to a NVQ Level 4 in Project Management.

How did your Award help you in furthering your career?

My Award has helped my progress in my career because, with my grant, I chose to do a Diploma in Microsoft Excel, a Diploma in Leadership in Management and a Diploma in Digital Marketing. The Excel diploma, in particular, helped me because a lot of the work I do is in Excel and it has given me a better understanding of it and the functions that are available.

How do you feel your apprenticeship is going?

I feel my apprenticeship is going really well. I am enjoying it and looking forward to moving on to the project management qualification.

Why would you recommend doing an apprenticeship to others?

I would recommend doing an apprenticeship to anybody, especially younger people. It allows you to gain experience in a working environment whilst earning a salary but it also allows you to carry on gaining qualifications and skills.

Hear from our Print Futures winners

Hear from our Print Futures winners

We caught up with Lisa, Print Futures Awards winner, to see how she is getting on and ask her views on the benefits of apprenticeships.

What have you been up to since winning a Print Futures Award?

I have been gaining experience continuously in my workplace with each day that passes. I also used the grant money last November, which allowed me to receive MAC training and has given me access to my own software to use at home.

How did your Award help you in furthering your career?

I have a wider understanding of the crucial processes in the print industry, which weren’t included in my qualification. This has motivated me to do more and I’m now a trained first-aider and certified manual handling trainer for my company. I am striving to be better each day and I’m excited about my future!

How do you feel your apprenticeship is going?

I have now completed my apprenticeship and am thoroughly enjoying my new role as a fully qualified pre-press operator!

Why would you recommend doing an apprenticeship to others?

For me, an apprenticeship is a more practical and rewarding way of learning. The training you’ll receive is specific to your career and you’re given the opportunity to apply your skills shortly after you qualify. You have the chance to work alongside some of the most experienced team members in the industry while gaining key knowledge and understanding of the job. Every day is a school day, but in this case, school is fun!

John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg, accepts our 2020 Presidency

John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg

John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg

We are pleased to announce that John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg, has accepted our invitation to be our 2020 President.

John Micklethwait says: “The Printing Charity does a fantastic job looking after people of all ages  – with help ranging from financial assistance and sector-specific training initiatives to being a friendly voice at the end of the phone for people in challenging circumstances. It is a great honour to follow Lionel Barber as President, and I’m looking forward to being involved with our sector’s occupational charity this year.”

As Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg, John Micklethwait oversees editorial content across all Bloomberg platforms including its news, newsletters, magazines, opinion, television, radio and digital properties as well as its research services including Bloomberg Intelligence.

Prior to joining Bloomberg in February 2015, he worked for The Economist for 28 years, becoming Editor-in-Chief in 2006. He began his career in banking at Chase Manhattan In London after studying history at Magdalen College, Oxford.

He is the co-author of six books, most recently The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State. In 2010, he was named Editors’ Editor by the British Society of Magazine Editors. He has been a trustee of the British Museum, a Pulitzer judge and he is on the Board of Overseers at the Columbia Journalism Review.

Neil Lovell, our Chief Executive, says: “We are pleased to have John Micklethwait as our President this year. His career spans traditional and digital media in a sector that is continuing to adapt to the impact of the digital revolution.”

Beneficiaries

The many letters of thanks received by our team are always heartfelt and, although they are not what we seek in giving our support, it is good to know that being a friendly voice at the end of the telephone is valued. 

Wendy Lagden gains the first City & Guilds Level 3 Bookbinding qualification set up by Bound by Veterans and funded by The Printing Charity

Wendy Lagden, left, presented with her Diploma by Captain Alison Towler of the Royal Navy, President of the Association of Wrens

Wendy Lagden, an ex-aircraft engineer in the Royal Navy who was discharged with MS in 2005, is the first person to gain a City & Guilds Level 3 Bookbinding qualification set up by Bound by Veterans and funded by The Printing Charity. She earned a distinction and was presented with her Diploma by Captain Alison Towler of the Royal Navy, President of the Association of Wrens, at a special event recently.

Bound by Veterans (BBV), formerly known as The Wiltshire Barn Project, offers bookbinding tuition to Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) veterans of the services to aid their recovery through its therapeutic benefits and to help them transition from military to civilian life by gaining qualifications.

The Printing Charity supports Bound by Veterans by funding its provision of the internationally recognised City & Guilds Level 3 Bookbinding qualification.

Wendy Lagden says: “When I first saw the course advertised it appealed to me because I had been wanting to repair an old book of my Gran’s for some time. What I didn’t expect was from that moment I would be completely hooked. Learning this fascinating trade and, in particular, achieving the City & Guilds Level 3, has inspired me to continue bookbinding and given me a new purpose in life.

“Adjusting from a busy, active, and rewarding job in the military to civilian life can be challenging. Coming to terms with what I can now no longer do is a battle I face each day. With bookbinding I can be creative, work with my hands and at a pace to suit me. Without bookbinding in my life, this battle would be so much harder.”

Alison Strachan, Chairman of Bound by Veterans, says: “As well as being a huge achievement for Wendy, this is an important milestone in our history and we are enormously grateful to The Printing Charity for supporting us.”

Neil Lovell, The Printing Charity’s Chief Executive, says: ““Congratulations to Wendy on her impressive achievement. This is a great initiative that fits with our support to preserve the heritage skill of bookbinding, also shown in our other funding of The Queen’s Bindery Apprenticeship Scheme and Designer Bookbinders. We are proud to support the achievement of recognised qualifications and training, which can provide routes into employment.”