Prime Minister visits Print Approach

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been shown through Print Approach by owner Tom Eckersley, who took the opportunity to convey some of the key issues facing print businesses today to the PM in a focused meeting.

The Prime Minster was visiting Queensland based Print Approach – part of the Eckersley Group – with Minister for Employment Michaela Cash, to see some of the results of the government’s PaTH scheme for apprentices and interns, with Eckersley’s business an active participant, resulting in it taking on two apprentices from the scheme, Jarrod Coombe and Jonathon Garrett, who both met the Prime Minister.

Tom Eckersley says, “It was great to have the PM and the Minster for Employment here, we took them through the factory, they met the lads on the scheme, and then we had an excellent meeting with them, where I was able to convey some of the major issues facing printers in this country today.

“It was a productive conversation with Malcolm Turnbull and Michaela Cash about our industry, which is a key manufacturing sector in Australia. And they were pleased to hear about our involvement with PaTH which has allowed us to grow our team and give some younger Australians the opportunity to get involved in print.”

Andrew Macaulay, CEO of the PIAA says, "Our dialogue with the Government on this subject is ongoing." 

Print Aproach uses an on-site training strategy, Ekersley says, "We train our young people to operate across multiple processes such as offset, digital, wide format, so find that on-site is best for us. We use an RTO for the theory and statutory learings such as OH&S."

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