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A big step for British print

Over four years in the making, the print industry has finally received its first new print standard for Apprenticeships.

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The approval is a pivotal step for futureproofing training in the print industry

The Print Technician Standard Level 3 programme has received full and final approval from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) thanks to the work of the trailblazer industry consortium.

With this new approval, training providers at print companies can now develop the training programmes required to support the new standard.

With the support of the BPIF, the consortium was led by chair James Buffoni of Ryedale Group, vice chair Ian Wilton of CDS and was made up of representatives from, the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF), De La Rue, Learn2Print, Leeds City College, PageBros, Reach, The Printing Charity, Unite the Union amongst others.

… it is great to see that through the collaboration of our industry these standards have been futureproofed

“This is great news, after what has been a protracted process,” says Charles Jarrold, chief executive officer of the BPIF. “I especially want to thank all consortium members, and in particular James Buffoni, for all the time they have committed to ensure the new standard is designed by the industry, and Ursula Daly, who’s been absolutely tireless in getting this over the line to such a high standard.”

James Buffoni comments: “The Apprenticeship Trailblazer is a vital tool for the industry because it provides a clear standard for performance and progression as defined by a consortium of employers, and as part of the wider career development pathway in the print industry.”

Ian Wilton adds: “Print has a long history of support for apprenticeships and it is great to see that through the collaboration of our industry these standards have been futureproofed.”

However, there is still work to be done, as the BPIF says that progress now needs to be made for its application for a Level 2 Trailblazer before the UK government withdraws all frameworks for apprenticeships, which it says will be removed by the 2020 to 2021 academic year as part of a reform of the programme.

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