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Scotland’s top print apprentices honoured

Now in its fourth year, Print Scotland has honoured top print apprentices at its Scottish Print Apprentice of the Year awards.

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Winners Arran Rennie, James Taylor, Erin McCarthy, Louise Docherty and James McCredie

The trade association and ‘voice of Scotland’s graphic communication industry,’ Print Scotland works to both represent the Scottish print community and support more young people into the industry.

Sponsored by Antalis, HP, Muller Martini and Print Scotland, the award for Overall Apprentice of the Year was won by James Taylor who works for Bell & Bain in Glasgow, one of the largest and oldest printers of books and journals. 

The Level 3 Pre Press award was won by Erin McCarthy, who completed her two-year apprenticeship in one year whilst raising her two young sons.

The Level 3 Post Press award went to 23-year-old James McCredie, who works as a post-press operator for Bell & Bain. The Print Administration accolade was awarded to Louise Docherty, 26, also of Bell & Bain.

Arran Rennie, who works at Publicity Printing in Glasgow, took home the award for Level 3 Press which includes lithographic or flexographic printing.

The print industry in Scotland has a real future across a range of skill sets

Garry Richmond, director of Print Scotland, says: “There is, without question, a widespread recognition that we need to employ more apprentices to sustain Scotland’s print sector and the need to encourage more apprentices from an increasingly diverse range of backgrounds entering our industry.

“The sterling efforts of our leading young apprentices in getting to grips with the challenges of a rewarding career in print and print finishing are being acknowledged with these awards.”

Speaking at the awards event, Print Scotland’s president, Kevin Creechan, comments: “The print industry in Scotland has a real future across a range of skill sets and needs a constant flow of high-quality and motivated apprentices in even greater numbers, and from an increasingly diverse range of backgrounds, to fulfil its potential.

“The high-calibre young people we have celebrated today is very much what our industry needs.”

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