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Attracting young people to print

Despite employing around 250,000 staff and being worth billions of pounds, the print industry still isn’t recognised as a definitive career path for young people to consider, with factors such as an aging workforce and skill shortages believed to be holding the industry back.

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Glossop Carton’s Jane Brocklehurst organised practice interviews at a careers fair at Marple Hall School

To address the sector’s skills shortage, Glossop Cartons is hosting a series of educational partnerships designed to encourage more young people into the industry.

Working with secondary schools in Stockport, the carton board packaging manufacturer provides work experience placements, mock interviews and careers talks.

Participating in a careers fair at Marple Hall School, Glossop Cartons’ human resources and procedures manager Jane Brocklehurst organised practice interviews with students. The firm also welcomes students from the school to undertake work placements at its factory.

We’re committed to ensuring that our students receive the best possible careers guidance, and partnerships with local employers such as Glossop Cartons help us to achieve this important goal

“We’re committed to ensuring that our students receive the best possible careers guidance, and partnerships with local employers such as Glossop Cartons help us to achieve this important goal,” says the school.

The company’s joint managing director, Jacky Sidebottom-Every, urges other companies within the packaging sector to consider launching similar schemes, which can help to address skills shortages within their own plants as well as across the wider industry.

Also encouraging young people into the industry is the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) – of which Sidebottom-Every is a board member. The organisation gives a voice to apprentices through its BPIF Apprentices Council.

Meeting twice a year, the council express their views on the industry and have the opportunity to shape the delivery of their training programmes. This is fed back into the BPIF’s schools programme which aims to attract more young people into the industry.

If you have any news, please email carys@linkpublishing.co.uk or join in with the conversation on Twitter and LinkedIn.


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