|2003||Matthew Gibson||Victoria, Australia|
|2004||Kane Fellows||Queensland, Australia|
|2005||Luke Nissinen||Victoria, Australia|
|2006||Christopher Wilkinson||New Zealand|
|2007||Chris Norwood||Victoria, Australia|
|2008||Grant Straiton||New Zealand|
|2009||Jeremy Hancock||New Zealand|
The FPLMA “Apprentice of the Year” programme is one of the most exciting developments undertaken by the industry body. With various training methods currently running across Australia’s printing colleges, the shortage of qualified tradespeople needs to be addressed by everyone operating in the industry.
The basic criteria to apply for this award is that the recipient must work in the flexographic printing area. It’s specifically targeted at final year college apprentices nominated by their relevant training college.
Candidates have to demonstrate they are competent to the standard they have trained to, so the skill levels need to be high. “Additionally, candidate’s academic levels should be high with a keen interest in the flexographic printing process. They need to show that they are keen to progress within the trade. They willl show that they are interested in anilox rollers; interested in ink technology and that they are willing to push the envelope. The candidates from each state will face a panel of experts including a representative from the training institutions.
The programme has already had a very good response from the training colleges. The winner will receive a trip to the United States with all airfares and accommodation, plus the ultimate winner will attend the FFTA Forum and Print Awards on behalf of FPLMA while they are in the United States. In addition, the winner will visit a manufacturing site of the Platinum Sponsor of the Print Awards for that year.
Submissions for this year’s Apprentice Award close on Friday 1st August 2014. All submissions to be sent to FPLMA Secretariat.