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Association News
News updates from the printing industry
A rewarding industry
Ruth Cobb congratulates the NZ Apprentice winners, looks forward to
the Awards season, and encourages print businesses to make the most of the opportunity.
We have had
the Grammys, Oscars, Baftas and a raft of other awards shows to start the year as the world of television and movies celebrate their best, and now as we head into autumn we move into the season of Print Awards, and the events that celebrate the best of our great industry.
The first events to hit the stage were the PrintNZ Training Graduations in Christchurch on 27 March and Auckland on 4 April. These events are for everyone in the industry that has completed a training qualification during 2018. This was their chance to celebrate, and be celebrated,
in front of the industry, their family and colleagues.
Print relies on skilled workers across all aspects of the business and rewarding learning and encouraging others to upskill and cross-skill are important to the future of our industry. We need to make sure that more businesses in the industry take up the challenge to train and hosting these events helps put a focus on training and highlights the companies and individuals that are succeeding.
These events also recognise the best of these graduates, with our Top 10 apprentices and our Sector Apprentice of the Year winners, as well as our Print Diploma Student of the Year and the finalists for Training Company of the Year and Trainer of the Year.
One of these five Sector Winners will go on to win the
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Congratulations: Ruth Cobb
overall Apprentice of the Year Award.
Which brings us on to the next Awards event – the Pride In Print Awards gala dinner, which takes place in Wellington on 3 May. This is the biggest night on the industry calendar where 600 people will enjoy
this spectacular event, which showcases the magnificent work that our industry produces,
and recognises the talented individuals contending for the Apprentice of the Year title.
The Pride In Print Awards
are in their 26th year, and embody a culture of excellence, recognising the best printed products produced over the year. Gold medals are handed out across nine categories, and then the Category and Process Awards lead into the big one for the night – the Supreme Award.
on 15 June in Tauranga, the Community Newspaper Awards are on 21 June in Christchurch.
All of these events celebrate what is great about our industry – but it is important that the winners take their awards and use them to promote the variety and excellence of the work our industry does, and the skilled people producing it. Celebrating in front of your peers is fantastic, but taking that winning work and telling your customers
about it is where the hard work comes to fruition. If you employ an award winning apprentice make something of them in your local newspaper, and to your customers, so they understand the skilled staff you employ.
If you win a coveted medal at any of these Awards events – tell everyone. We all have a role to promote print to the broadest market possible and showcase the wide variety of work that
our industry produces. What better way to lead in to that than by promoting the Awards your company has won. This is an opportunity to shout proudly about print and highlight the important role it plays in the world.
Everyone likes to be rewarded for their hard work and dedication, so good luck
to all of those that enter any of these industry awards programmes. In particular, congratulations to our five Sector Apprentice of the Year winners, who have already started on rewarding careers. 21
“It is important that the winners take their awards and use them, to promote the variety and excellence of the work our industry does, and the skilled people producing it.”
While these represent
the Awards for mainstream print, some of the specialist sectors have their own awards. The Packaging Innovation
and Design Awards (PIDAs) are a joint Australia/New Zealand competition, and
will be announced in Sydney on Tuesday 30 April. The NZ Sign and Display Awards are
The 2018 Honours Board reads as follows:
Top 10 Apprentices 2018:
• Hugo Quinteros Villarzu, Philstic Labels, Auckland
• Kelvis Alikaj,
Gallagher Group, Hamilton
• Sanjay Daji, Stratex, Auckland
• Scott Williams, Caxton, Christchurch
• Hayley Young,
James Print, Greymouth
• Rebecca Forman, Dunedin Print, Dunedin
• Tania Westbury, Stuff, Christchurch
• John McCarthy, Webstar, Auckland
• Sarah Knight, The Big Picture, Wellington
• Joshua Crawford, Stuff, Wellington
From these Top 10 the following Sector Winners were announced:
• Reelfed Apprentice of the
Year: Joshua Crawford, Stuff, Christchurch
• Joint Digital Apprentice of the Year: Sarah Knight, The Big Picture, Wellington
• Joint Digital Apprentice of the Year: Hayley Young, James Print, Greymouth
• Packaging Apprentice of the Year: Hugo Quinteros Villarzu, Philstic Labels, Auckland
• Binding and Finishing Apprentice of the Year: Tania Westbury, Stuff, Christchurch

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