Spectra company Print Training Australia has hired Chris Dean, a former SA Tafe teacher, following the South Australian public provider withdrawing from print.
The former Tafe SA print training coordinator comes from a lithographic background, and spent 17 years teaching with them.
Dean explains, “After being stuck behind a desk doing TAFE SA audit work for the last year, I am looking forward to reconnecting with the many contacts I have made over the years and coming up with solutions to some of the challenges the industry is currently facing such as apprentice training in regional areas.”
Spectra says, “Dean is highly regarded in the printing industry, and has developed strong relationships with printing companies and apprentices in Northern Territory, Tasmania, Western Australia and South Australia, providing them with flexible training solutions and top level customer service.
“With over 17 years’ experience in apprentice training across the three trade qualifications and business development, Print Training Australia and Spectra Training are looking forward to the enthusiasm and passion for training that he brings.
Spectra is now the only training provider which can sign up new apprentices in South Australia, but a lack of funding support makes the training prohibitively expensive for printers out in regional areas.
Jenny Rushton, CEO, Spectra, says, "Chris is planning on working with industry to determine how we can work with regional areas to develop a program that may work for all parties.
“If you would like to touch base with Chris, he starts on May 6th at our Unley office in South Australia. As well as delivering training to our current students in South Australia he will also be travelling interstate over the next few months to meet with current and potential clients in all States.”
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