Industry mentorship prize announced for 2020 ProPrint Emerging 50

Printing industry magazine, ProPrint, and its Emerging 50 initiative which recognises the industry’s rising stars, has announced it will partner with The Real Media Collective to help build the ‘next generation’ of industry talent with a 12-month mentorship for one lucky recipient.

The partnership will see The Real Media Collective, an association which represents the paper, print, publishing and direct mail industries, deliver a 12-month mentorship to help develop, guide and support one member of the 2020 ProPrint Emerging 50.

The mentorship programme offers the opportunity for the recipient to learn more about the parts of the industry they are seeking a career within, as well as areas they may not be so familiar with.

It will include engagement with industry leaders, site tours and client introductions with each interaction tailored to suit the recipient’s interests and career objectives.

It has been designed to offer the mentee an opportunity to learn about parts of a printing operation they might not get to work within in their day to day life, while helping them focus on the career path they are looking to take – press operator to sales cadet, bindery to marketing co-ordinator.

The programme will be led by the The Real Media Collective and and its chief executive officer, Kellie Northwood. It also includes monthly catch-ups with Northwood and a cash prize to assist the winner in setting up their career or opting into a training module.

“This is a tremendous partnership opportunity and one I am personally very passionate about,” Northwood told Sprinter.

“Mentoring our next generation is critical to a strong industry future and one the Collective members welcome. I have been privileged in my career to meet and learn from an amazing network, team and client base – offering the opportunity for a future leader to be introduced to the broader industry is one I look forward to supporting.”

Industry supplier association, Visual Connections, and renowned wide format printer, Cactus Imaging, are also sponsoring the 2020 Emerging 50.

Nominations will open soon for the 2020 Emerging 50 and the 2020 Power 50, which is again proudly sponsored by Konica Minolta Australia, for the tenth year running.

All Emerging 50 nominees are invited to enter the mentorship competition by answering some questions in either written or video form about the future of the industry and their view on what makes a good leader. More details to come on this.

A panel of judges from the Power 50, sponsors and partners will assess the submissions for the mentorship competition to decide the winner.

All Emerging 50 nominees are invited to attend the annual ProPrint Power 50 and Emerging 50 cocktail party that will be held in late 2020.

ProPrint launched the Emerging 50 in 2019 to recognise newcomers to the industry and ran it alongside the long-running Power 50, which this year celebrates ten years of recognising industry leaders and innovators in Australia.

The 2020 Emerging 50 is for those who have been working in any part of the printing industry for five years or less but have made significant impact in their time.

It is possible to self-nominate and also for employers to recommend employees they believe have made a significant impact to operations. These nominees can come from all areas of print including production, sales, graphic design, administration, finance, marketing, research, IT or other.

Nominations for the 2020 ProPrint Emerging 50 will be opening soon.

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2020 Emerging 50 please contact Carmen Ciappara at [email protected] or call her on 0410 582 450.

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2 thoughts on “Industry mentorship prize announced for 2020 ProPrint Emerging 50

    1. Yes it is. The competition is open to any one with five years or less that is nominated for the 2020 ProPrint Emerging 50.

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