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!