If you enjoy getting creative, working with technology and producing a useful product, a career in the printing industry could suit you

Gareth Hilton - Rapid Labels, Auckland

Gareth Hilton

Gareth Hilton prints a wide variety of labels at Rapid Labels in Auckland. After completing his Reel-fed Printing apprenticeship in 2011, he went on to win the Print Apprentice of the Year Award.

Gareth started his print career at the age of 19, after coming back from a stint overseas. While looking for work at the employment office, he was approached by the HR manager from Transpak about a job in their stores department.

After working there for a few weeks, he was offered a role as print assistant. He has worked in the print industry in New Zealand and Australia ever since.

“I enjoy the effects of putting ink on paper and seeing images come to life, Gareth says.

“My biggest challenge as an apprentice and at work has been overcoming my lack of self confidence, which I’ve had most of my adult life. Being involved in printing labels submitted to the NZ Pride In Print Awards, while doing my apprenticeship, is something I’m very proud of.”

Gareth went on to complete his three-year apprenticeship with excellent marks for all 17 of his assignments. His excellent attitude, hard work and determination saw him become a finalist and then win the 2011 Apprentice of the Year Award.

“To win Apprentice of the Year is an amazing personal and professional achievement. It is a fantastic way of recognising the hard work and effort it took, and the best way to repay my managers, work mates, friends and family who supported and encouraged me all the way through.”

Gareth is now working towards the Diploma in Print Management through PrintNZ Training, with the goal of eventually gaining a management position.

“Ultimately I would like to own and run my own printing business,” he says.

Outside of work Gareth enjoys spending time with his family, music, trips to the beach and restoring his 1920s bungalow.