New year brings shake-up of print training in NZ

PrintNZ and CMITO will ensure trainees and apprentices complete their programmes within timeframes outlined in their training agreements, as the government said subsidies will no longer be provided over an indefinite period.

Following a successful trial last year, it has been decided that three-day workshops will become mandatory for Print Management Diplomat trainees. The workshops, to be held in April and November, will include guest speakers, enable discussions about requirements to complete the programme, visits to printing companies and provide the opportunity for peer interaction.

The qualifications are being moved away from the historic “strand-based” format to one where modules can be selected from different disciplines to suit the needs of individual candidates. This approach is additionally expected to lessen the overall number of qualifications available while increasing the options provided within those that remain.

The recent demise of the Creative Trades ITO has seen the CMITO acquire responsibility for sign making training and qualification. 

This development is considered a positive for the printing industry due to the synergies existing between sign making and particularly the graphic design element of printing.

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