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Supporting Career Development: Team Valley Printers Apprentice Justin Secures Diploma

June 24, 2022

During the Covid 19 pandemic, Team Valley Printers (TVP) decided to take on a promising young apprentice to provide them with the opportunity to complete their print training with a secure employer during a climate of global uncertainty.

Managing Director David Auton was approached by BPIF Training– which facilitates apprenticeships within the printing industry in the UK – to enquire as to whether TVP would be able to support an apprentice who was halfway through their qualification when their position was terminated due to the global pandemic.

This apprentice was Justin Shotton, and he has gone on to become a real asset to the TVP team, and Team Valley Group overall. Today, we are excited to share more about Justin’s journey with the Group and to mark the successful completion of his apprenticeship.

Justin and David at Team Valley Printers

Left to right: Team Valley Group Director, David Auton with Justin and Anthony McRoberts, Employability, Functional Skills & IAG Coach, who tutored Justin throughout his apprenticeship

Hitting the ground running

When David was asked whether TVP could accommodate Justin, he was confident that due to the experience Justin had already gained throughout the early course of his apprenticeship, he would certainly be a good fit within the company. “Prior to Covid, we were running at capacity due to continued business growth,” David says, “taking on Justin meant that we could offer him further training whilst business was slow and, with the extra hands readily trained up, we would be able to hit the ground running as business opened up again.”

David has been impressed with the knowledge that Justin has quickly taken on and demonstrated within the large format print department. Now equipped with his GQA Level 3 Diploma in Digital Pre Press, as well as a C&G Level 3 Certificate in Printing and Graphic Communication, David is confident that Justin will be able to now look at developing his skills in the other areas of the digital print business that the Group operates within, and will be more than equipped to mentor and share his experience with new members of staff who join the Group in the coming years.

Justin operating a laminator

Justin working the Easymount laminator

Positive working environment

As it stands Justin’s primary duty as a Large Format Print Operator involves the effective operation and maintenance of large format printers. He is responsible for keeping stock in check and ensuring that each job is successfully seen through to the finishing stages of production, which can include lamination, cad cutting and more. According to Justin, his favourite aspect of his job is the positive and supportive working environment that he enjoys at Team Valley Group.

On behalf of everyone in the Group, we would like to congratulate Justin on the successful completion of his apprenticeship and thank him for his excellent contributions to the company thus far.


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