The Printing Charity is making a final call for entries to this year’s Print Futures Awards, which are grants of up to £1,500 open to UK residents aged 18 to 30 years, supporting workplace skills and routes into employment in the UK printing, paper, packaging, publishing, and graphic arts sector.
The charity wants to hear from the sector’s rising stars: apprentices and those studying for NVQs in UK print-related organisations; people already working in UK print-related organisations looking to develop their workplace skills; and those completing a recognised UK qualification and intending to take their first print-related role in the sector in 2019.
Neil Lovell, The Printing Charity’s Chief Executive, says: “We have had some great applications already and each year we do a shout-out before the closing date to remind people that there’s still time to apply. It’s an easy online application, asking people to show us a clear plan with costings of how a grant will help them progress in their career.
“Things we will consider supporting are post education internships; relevant training courses; professional accreditation; and kit and equipment where applicants can demonstrate they are beneficial to their studies, training, and development.”
The closing date for applications is midnight on 29 April 2019. To apply online, please see www.theprintingcharity.org.uk/print-futures-awards/
A panel of judges from across the sector will interview shortlisted applicants in London in early June and the winners will be presented with their Awards at a special event in London in July.
The British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF), in partnership with Oxford Brookes University and The Publishers Association are calling for entries to the British Book Design and Production Awards 2019.
These are the only industry awards to promote and celebrate the excellence and craftsmanship of the British book design and production industry. All books published between 1 July 2018 and 28 June 2019 are eligible for entry in this year’s awards.
There are 18 categories that reflect the many various forms books can take including;
Limited Edition & Fine Binding
Digitally Printed Books
Scholarly, Academic & Reference Books
Children’s Trade Ages 0 – 8 Years
Children’s Trade Ages 9 – 16 Years
Art and Architecture Monographs
Best Jacket/Cover Design
Best Student Book
Best British Book
There is also a category for aspiring students to enter their work, with the chance to win a cheque for £500 as well as a short internship with a leading designer, publisher or printer.
Industry experts from the areas of design, publishing and production will judge the entries and stamp the book that outshines the rest with the title of ‘Book of the Year’.
The deadline for book entries is Friday 28 June 2019. The awards will be presented at a dazzling ceremony on 21 November at the iconic Landmark Hotel in London.
For further details on the awards and entries please go to www.britishbookawards.org or contact Anaïs Bellemans at the BPIF on 020 7915 8320 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE PRINTING CHARITY – 192nd ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
ST BRIDE FOUNDATION, BRIDE LANE, FLEET STREET, LONDON, EC4Y 8EQ
TUESDAY 21st MAY 2019
Please join us at our AGM from 2.30 p.m. The meeting will commence promptly at 3 p.m.
We will be joined by guest speaker, Lauren Powell, Trainee Account Executive at Adare SEC and a 2018 Print Futures Award winner. Lauren will be sharing an insight into her role as a customer service apprentice.
If you would like further information about the AGM, please email email@example.com or call her directly on 01293 649367.
The Stationers’ Company is pleased to announce that Mathys & Squire and Picon are continuing their sponsorship of the Innovation Excellence Awards that celebrate the design of novel products, services, and business processes across Stationers’ diverse sectors.
Alan MacDougall, Partner at Mathys & Squire, says: “For the third year running Mathys & Squire are pleased to support the Stationers’ Company Innovation Excellence Awards. As one of Europe’s most highly regarded intellectual property firms, we are passionate about innovation, entrepreneurial spirit, and seeing businesses succeed. It has been good to see the three of these coming readily to the fore in all sectors of the communications and content industries and showcased through this Awards programme. We are looking forward to seeing the 2019 entries.”
Bettine Pellant, CEO of trade association, Picon, says: “Picon is delighted to continue its sponsorship of the Stationers’ Company Innovation Excellence Awards. Our organisation is brimming with innovative suppliers to the graphics arts industry and so it is appropriate for us to support awards that encourage and recognise the results of effective R&D. Only by developing ground-breaking and practical solutions can those in the communications sector continue to evolve – which we do and at a cracking pace! Picon members have been winners of the Innovation Excellence Awards in past years and I hope very much we will see some of their names among the finalists again this year.”
Chairman of the Stationers’ Company Innovation Excellence Awards, Jill Jones, says: “These Awards are a terrific opportunity for both for-profit and non-profit organisations to publicise their examples of innovation and creativity that have a financial or social impact.”
Entries close at 6 p.m. on 5 April 2019.
See here for details and an application form. Winners will be announced at an Awards luncheon and exhibition of selected entries at Stationers’ Hall, London, on 25 June 2019.
Promoting print to over 6000 students and facilitating a visit to innovative business Bluetree Group for our apprentices, we’re celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2019, get involved!
On the first day of National Apprenticeship Week 2019, Monday 4 March, the BPIF will be kicking things off in style with an inspiring apprentice visit to Bluetree Group in Rotherham. Bluetree Group is an award-winning market leader in online print, and comprises two customer facing brands: instantprint and Route 1 Print. Bluetree Group excels in selling standardised, cost effective, high quality print products, thanks to an innovative manufacturing facility coupled with pioneering web-to-print operations.
Throughout the day apprentices will hear from inspirational speakers such as Jon Bailey, from ProCo, and Kelly O’Sullivan, from Sainsbury’s/Argos. In addition, Chris Pinborough and Billy Gibbs o’Riordan will speak about their apprentice journeys at Precision Printing. The Printing Charity will be talking to apprentices about their Print Futures Awards and drupa will be revealing a special Apprentice Award.
Apprentices will receive a tour of Bluetree’s innovative manufacturing facility and the day will end with a round table discussion led by PrintWeek on the ‘future of apprenticeships’ and ‘apprenticeships role in print.’
After the visit the BPIF will then be promoting print apprenticeships to over 6000 students at the Leeds Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair. This event will kick-start a range of activities taking place throughout the city for National Apprenticeship Week. Along with their members and The Stationers’ Company, the BPIF will be on hand to discuss specific apprenticeship opportunities and career paths in print and communications that visiting students can undertake.
The BPIF Apprentice Council will also release the 4th issue of their Apprentice Newsletter, including highlights on their new BPIF Apprentice Twitter, past National Apprenticeship Weeks and much, much more.
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For more information, please contact Sophie Chater at firstname.lastname@example.org
On 6 February 2019 the Print Trailblazer Consortium submitted the assessment plan for the print trailblazer to the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA), part of the Department for Education. This is the final stage in securing approval from Government to start the delivery of the new programmes. This has been a long and sometimes challenging battle to get to this point.
The journey started in March 2015 when a consortium of employers led by James Buffoni of Ryedale Group Ltd secured the trailblazer (a new employer-defined standard for apprenticeship programmes) for the industry. The standards are employer owned, relate to specific occupations, and feature a graded end point assessment. The trailblazer secured is to develop a Level 3 standard that covers pre-press, press and post-press (finishing). The government awarded the trailblazer as a core with options, with print as the core and the options as pre-press, press and post press (finishing).
Through many focused meetings, the consortium produced a standard which was approved by the Government Trailblazer Panel but it was approved subject to certain conditions being met. The condition applied by the panel was that the options were combined, so that there would be a single standard and an apprentice would need to master all three areas i.e. pre-press, press and post-press before they would be able to pass their apprenticeship. Thanks to support from across the industry we were successful in overturning the Government’s decision and approval for the full core with options standard was achieved in March 2018.
The consortium have worked hard over the last year to define the assessment plan, which will support the standard. This has now been given the stamp of approval from our relationship manager at the IfA, and feedback from Ofqual (External Quality Assurance Company) is that we have a good assessment plan, which is now being considered for approval. This has been a challenging process and has required considerable input from the consortium but especially from our Chair James Buffoni and our Vice Chair Ian Wilton. We appreciate the support of the consortium and would like to thank the companies involved, BCQ Group, BPIF, CDi, CDS, De La Rue, GQA, Learn2Print, Leeds City College, PageBros, Reach Plc, Ryedale Group, The Printing Charity, Unite the Union and Westrock – MPS.