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Apprenticeships: The Key to Addressing Skills Gaps in the Print Industry

June 19, 2024

The print industry is a lively and ever-evolving sector that plays a crucial role in our economy. However, like many industries, it faces the challenge of skills gaps – the mismatch between the skills that employers need and those that the current workforce possesses. As technology advances and market demands shift, it’s becoming increasingly important for print businesses to find effective ways to bridge these gaps and future-proof their workforce. This is where apprenticeships come in.

Apprenticeships have long been a valuable tool for training and developing skilled workers, but they are particularly well-suited to addressing skills gaps in the print industry. By combining on-the-job learning with classroom-based instruction, apprenticeships provide a structured and comprehensive approach to training that can be tailored to the specific needs of individual businesses.

One of the key benefits of apprenticeships is that they allow businesses to shape their workforce with the precise skills and knowledge they require. Whether it’s mastering the latest digital printing techniques, learning about sustainable printing practices, or developing skills in print management and workflow optimisation, apprenticeships can be designed to cover the specific competencies that a business needs to stay competitive.

This is particularly important in the face of technological advancements. The print industry has seen significant changes in recent years, with the rise of digital printing, 3D printing, and other innovative technologies. These developments have created new opportunities, but they have also demanded new skills from the workforce. By investing in apprenticeships, print businesses can ensure that their staff are equipped with the most up-to-date knowledge and abilities to leverage these technologies effectively.

Apprenticeships are also a powerful way to address the changing market demands within the print industry. As customer expectations evolve and sustainability becomes an increasingly important consideration, print businesses need a workforce that can adapt and innovate. Through apprenticeships, employers can foster a culture of continuous learning and development, creating a workforce that is agile, resourceful, and ready to meet the challenges of the future.

Another key advantage of apprenticeships is that they help to attract new talent to the print industry. Many young people are unaware of the diverse and rewarding career opportunities available in print, and apprenticeships provide an excellent pathway to introduce them to the sector. By offering structured training, competitive salaries, and clear progression routes, print businesses can appeal to a wider pool of potential recruits and secure the talent pipeline for the future.

At BPIF Training Ltd, we understand the vital role that apprenticeships play in addressing skills gaps and future-proofing the print industry workforce. As the UK’s largest provider of print apprenticeships, we offer a range of programmes that cover all aspects of the industry, from pre-press and press operation to post-press, signage, and print management.

Our apprenticeships are developed in close collaboration with industry partners to ensure that they reflect the latest industry standards and meet the real-world needs of print businesses. We also provide expert support and guidance to help employers navigate the apprenticeship landscape, from accessing funding to implementing effective training programmes.

Apprenticeships are a key tool for addressing skills gaps and preparing the print industry workforce for the future. By investing in structured, tailored training, print businesses can develop the specific skills they need, attract new talent, and foster a culture of continuous learning and innovation. At BPIF Training Ltd, we are committed to supporting the industry, helping to build a strong, skilled, and sustainable workforce for the future of print.



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