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BPIF wants more input on apprentice trailblazer

The British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) has called on UK print firms to support its effort to develop new apprenticeship standards for the industry

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The BPIF is hoping to develop a standard for apprenticeships in the industry

In March, the organisation announced that an employer-led submission for the scheme had been successful, with James Buffoni of Ryedale Group and chair for the winning consortium now leading a group of print employers and sector organisations in designing the new standards.

With the first draft of the standard having been completed and distributed to a small group of print companies, which in turn gave feedback on the standard, the BPIF now called for more input from the industry to help develop the standard further.

“This standard upon which all new apprenticeships will be based will benefit the whole industry and therefore your input is critical,” comments BPIF programme director Ursula Daly.

“Please take the time to review the document, pass it on to your staff and ask their thoughts, all feedback is valued.’’

This standard upon which all new apprenticeships will be based will benefit the whole industry and therefore your input is critical

This standard, which is intended to be a concise document, will address the positions of pre-press operator, press operator and post-press operator.

Buffoni has also outlined the importance of the standard, stating: “The trailblazer scheme has helped to clarify three main points: firstly a confident message about why contemporary print is attractive—we need to show young people that contemporary print is alive and kicking. 

“Secondly it clarifies the journey that fresh, young talent and employers can make to work together successfully in three specific print roles. 

“Thirdly the Trailblazer standard plugs that gap by identifying—in plain English—what skills, knowledge and behaviours that a young person would need to succeed in that role.”

It is fantastic that we have been able to attract high calibre individuals with such a range of backgrounds, reflecting the diversity of our membership, and we look forward to their input over the coming months as we develop the BPIF

Meanwhile, the BPIF has moved to expand its board with the appointment of three new members.

Jacky Sidebottom-Every, director at Glossop Cartons and Ian Wilton, managing director of Oxuniprint, will be joined ion the BPIF board by Buffoni of Ryedale Group.

All three new members have previously served on BPIF Regional Boards in order to represent the views of members in various regions of the UK.

Charles Jarrold, chief executive of the BPIF, adds “It is fantastic that we have been able to attract high calibre individuals with such a range of backgrounds, reflecting the diversity of our membership, and we look forward to their input over the coming months as we develop the BPIF.”

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