Future Print investing in young printers

Industry initiative Future Print is offering new, subsidised training courses for supervisors and team leaders in a bid to invest in young talent challenged by an ‘aging workforce’.

The program, which began in 2013, is now focussing efforts on incentives for ‘bright and capable’ young people take on leadership roles in a mature industry.

The project’s head and PIAA chief executive Bill Healey says Future Print needed to enforce a stronger investment in younger print talent to hold up an aging workforce.

“One of the key needs identified by the Future Print program has been for a more structured approach to the development of the future leaders in the industry,” Healey says.

“Our aging workforce will need to be supported by providing opportunities for young people who have entered the industry in junior positions, or those who have completed an apprenticeship, so that they are able to broaden their skills in key areas such as management, sales and marketing and business planning which will equip them to take on those leadership roles in future.”

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Healey also says Future Print’s approach to sculpting young leaders will be targeted towards those ‘who have completed their trade or are on the first rung of the management ladder’.

A brochure describing the training has been released and is available through the PIAA. Future Print says it provides a course outline, schedule of proposed courses, and details costs which are based on the size of the business involve.

Healey says the full cost of the course is just over $3,000, of which 67% is subsidised by Government.

Future Print is now taking expressions of interest in the training, and the first course is set to take place on May 17, 2016 at the PIAA’s head office in Chatswood, NSW.

“With so many bright and capable young people coming into our industry, it’s vital that we invest in them and equip them to take on these key positions in future,” Healey says.

“I would strongly encourage anyone who has aspirations to leadership, or employers who have identified young employees with real potential, to grab a copy of the brochure and consider enrolling.”

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