The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP talks about apprenticeships and print’s future at our 187th Annual Luncheon

The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP was the very entertaining guest speaker at our 187th Annual Luncheon on 6 November at Stationers’ Hall, London.

“Apprenticeships are fundamental to our future,” he said. “The city I represent was built on craft skills and I hope we see a return to those skills.” He praised The Printing Charity for our work, including our support of apprenticeships in the print industry.

“It’s been said that ‘books were something we did before the Internet’ but that’s not true,” he added. “Social media is here to stay, but digitalization is not the end of printing. The two can coexist.”

At the event we presented the Venerable David Meara, Archdeacon Emeritus of London with a Pro Merito badge for his support of The Printing Charity for the past 11 years.

Lord Black of Brentwood, Executive Director of the Telegraph Media Group and President of The Printing Charity, said: “As the Rector of St Bride’s and Archdeacon of London, David Meara has been an ever present figure in Fleet Street and the spiritual guiding light of our industry for the past 14 years. He will be missed.”

Over 160 people from the printing and publishing industries attended the event, which raised £1,290 through five prize draws for our work.