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Government grants approval to new print standard

The Government’s Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) has given its approval for the print trailblazer consortium to develop a new print standard.

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Work on the new standard began in 2016

The Level 2 Print Apprenticeship is widely regarded as being vital for people coming into the industry, taking their first steps on a career in print, or gaining accreditation in a role that makes up a huge proportion of jobs in print.

The campaign for the new print standard began in 2016, with the consortium of employers, the industry, the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) training division and the relationship manager at IfATE working together on the initiative.

James Buffoni of Ryedale Group will lead the consortium’s development of this standard.

Whilst this has been a long and challenging process, we never wavered because the need for this standard in print is clear

“Whilst this has been a long and challenging process, we never wavered because the need for this standard in print is clear: this Level 2 represents a large part of the workforce in print,” Buffoni said.

“As such a practical development framework and recognition of achievement will benefit a lot of people who could otherwise be overlooked. We therefore welcomed the positive feedback and acknowledgement from the review panel at IfATE.”

Ursula Daly, programme director at BPIF and main contact for the consortium proposal adds: “This is indeed a great outcome for our industry and whilst we have a lot of work to do to get the standard and the assessment plan defined and we are delighted to have the opportunity to do so.”

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