June 9th, 2014

Competenz Takes Hat Off To Top Printing Talent

930 Awards night Copy

As technology changes, it has never been more critical for New Zealand’s complex print industry to train its people to the skill levels required to produce and maintain world class work.

This was the message woven into the acceptance speeches of the award winners and print industry representatives at the 2014 Pride in Print Award, held in Auckland late last month.

Print NZ General Manager, Ruth Cobb said the award programme is a showcase for the best printing talent in New Zealand.

“The event programme reinforces the incredible talent that continues to emerge in our industry. Choosing the overall winners is never an easy task as the calibre of the candidates and the pride they show in their work is second to none.

“We acknowledge and congratulate all the finalists and winners of this year’s awards,” said Ruth.

In a world where communicating with impact matters, Fiona Kingsford, General Manager – Trades Training, from industry training organisation Competenz, says it is more important than ever to train apprentices to the highest standards.

“From an industry training perspective, Competenz draws great confidence from the passion of the printing community and the support they have shown for these awards,” says Fiona.

“The calibre of this year’s winners has set a new high tide mark. They should all be extremely proud of their own personal achievements and the value they have created for their employers and customers.

“Recognising excellence is an important part of what we do as an industry training organisation. By celebrating high performance workplace training and learning achievement we not only demonstrate and define what excellence looks like, but we also aim to inspire and motivate other employers and learners to improve their skills and their businesses.”

Competenz and Print NZ partnered to promote the Icon Papers Print Apprentice of the Year category won by Hamilton printer, Steven Hunter from Sealed Air.

“The judges noted Steven has a very high level of technical knowledge and problem solving ability, he operates an eight colour press and has produced some remarkable work, marrying an understanding of new technologies with the traditional crafts. He has worked his way up through his company, and they joked he may even have ink in his veins,” said Fiona.

“We wish him a bright future in the industry.”


2014 Pride in Print Award winners


Icon Papers Print Industry Apprentice of the Year: Steven Hunter, Sealed Air (NZ), Hamilton.

Print Industry Top Management Trainee of the Year: Matthew Jarvis, Wickliffe Solutions, Mt Wellington, Auckland.

Print Industry Workplace Trainer of the Year, Joint Winners: Dale Ertel, Tanui Press Design and Print, Matamata and Clinton Sampson – Interpac, Auckland

Print Industry Training Company of the Year: APN Print.

GAPF Scholarship Winner (Best Digital Printing Apprentice): Poppy Sparrow, DPI, Ashburton.