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Expert training for print and packaging industries

27-08-2013
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A new industry group has been formed to focus on the needs of the printing and packaging industry.
 
The Printing Industry Stakeholder Reference Group (SRG) will work closely with Spectra Training, one of Australia’s largest privately owned training companies.
 
It will advise Spectra on a wide range of matters relating to the design and delivery of print training solutions.
 
The SRG was formed in January this year and has already made key recommendations in the lead up to industry trade shows such as PacPrint and AUSPACK Plus.
 
It comprises seven industry experts, from a wide range of printing industry backgrounds.
 
Each was selected for their in-depth knowledge of the industry and their ability to add insights into the development of training solutions.
 
The SRG comprises:
• Neil Collyer – CEO Fineline Printing
• Bill Hicks – Industry Consultant, BSH Consulting
• Gary Cobbledick – Managing Director, Spectra Training
• Vince Sedunary – VIC Sales Manager, DIC Australia
• Angelo Cirillo – Printing/Post Press Manager, Newsprinters (Shepparton)
• Anthony Dalleore – General Manager, MacDermid Printing
• Stewart Esh – Managing Editor, WD News Publications
• Eddie Hardman – Industry Manager, IBSA
 
“We are extremely grateful to our SRG members for their commitment to the future of the printing industry and for the time and expertise they are contributing to the development of improved training services in Australia,” said Gary Cobbledick, CEO of Spectra Training.
 
The opinions and recommendations of the SRG will ensure that industry has a voice in fostering the apprentice training sector.
 
Like many other industries, the printing sector has felt the impact of significant change over the past few years, most notably in the areas of high cost inputs, technological advances, social media, digital production and lean business practices.
 
In many cases, the result is that fewer people are called upon to do more of the work. This change has also been felt in the area of apprentice training.
 
“Spectra Training recognises the need to modernise the apprenticeship training system for the printing industry and looks forward to working closely with the SRG to ensure the relevance and quality of print training in Australia, Mr Cobbledick said.

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