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Staff investment will future-proof industry

Neil Jones, managing director in the UK and Scandinavia for Bobst, has issued a call to the market to properly invest in staff, in order to help secure a positive future for print and packaging in the UK.

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Neil Jones, managing director in the UK and Scandinavia for Bobst, says firms must invest in their staff to retain the UK industry’s position in the global print market

Great Britain is the fifth-largest print producer in the world, adding more relative value to the economy than any other manufacturing sector. However, Jones says that the industry now must work to protect its position, and an effective way to do so is to ensure staff can pass on their knowledge to the next generation of workers.

“For the UK print and packaging industry to remain one of the most successful in the world, more needs to be done to secure the next generation of talent,” Jones says, adding: “As a leading supplier of machinery to the corrugated board, folding carton and flexible materials markets, Bobst believes strongly in encouraging young people into the industry and developing existing employees to future-proof the sector.

“The industry represents an advanced skillset across the board, from shop-floor operations, designers and manufacturers to machinery suppliers such as Bobst UK and Ireland. This knowledge, expertise and quality has earned the UK print and packaging industry an outstanding global reputation, leading to strong commercial success at home and abroad.

To encourage young people into print and packaging careers, formal talent channels must be formed

“It’s therefore easy to see that such an important sector must have all the support it needs to continue to thrive, and succession planning through the development of workers is key to this.”

Jones goes on to say that investment in staff will help to attract more youngsters to the industry: “To encourage young people into print and packaging careers, formal talent channels must be formed. Although this is made less straightforward by a lack of direct higher education routes into the sector, businesses are nonetheless in a powerful position to attract and develop employees, securing the sector’s future and enabling succession planning.

“Bobst invests heavily in training and retention, providing staff from shop floor workers to business leaders with ongoing education in areas such as industry, personal accomplishments and leadership. The success of this approach can be seen in Bobst’s average employment duration of nearly 20 years.”



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