October 28th, 2014
Meet David Eagles
Account Manager, Print, Sign, Packaging & Journalism
“It’s not a chore to get up and go to work when you enjoy your job,” says David Eagles, who first entered the printing industry working for a company that made hand-crafted wallpaper. There, David learnt screen printing, flexo and gravure skills, and decided that this was the career for him.
David went on to spend 14 years working for Tubepack Ltd where he started off running a single printing press, before learning how to operate all seven presses. After five years with Tubepack, David took over running the print department and had 32 employees reporting to him.
It was during this time that David’s passion for training grew. None of the 32 employees had received any formal industry training. So, in a bid to upskill his workers and increase productivity, David sought help from Print NZ Training – the industry training organisation (ITO) at the time.
David started training three apprentices per year, meaning he could have nine employees in training at any one time. And as employees turned over, David found the need to rehire had decreased. Training had raised efficiency and lowered downtime and overheads to a point where the plant could operate with just 25 employees.
Eventually all employees at Tubepack went through formal training. David became a qualified assessor, meaning he could sign off the training of his own, and other companies apprentices and learners. It was through this work that David found himself working for the ITO (Competenz) where he still is today.
“It’s a thrill getting to hand over a certificate to someone who has never trained before and has now achieved their first ever national qualification,” says David. “It’s not always just about the qualification, but training helps people to grow life skills and improve in all aspects of their lives.”