A group of enthusiastic GCSE and A-Level students enjoyed a visit to Print Efficiently 2014 as an aid to their Design and Technology courses, incorporating the PrintIT module. Apex Digital Graphics, Ryobi press distributor for the UK, hosted the successful Print Efficiently 2014 event, which took place at its Hemel Hempstead facility over six days in October. Student booklets for PrintIT were produced during the event.
The 16 student and three teacher party from Riddlesdown School, Croydon, represent just a fraction of the anticipated 10,000 student enrolment for this year’s PrintIT programme – a student number anticipated to come from some 400 schools. These latest figures indicate a near 100% increase in student numbers from 2013.
“We have been delighted with the uptake this year for our new, revised PrintIT module,” said Amy Moran, Group Marketing Manager for Proskills UK, the organisers of the PrintIT educational programme. “PrintIT is being promoted to schools as an effective module to incorporate within both GCSE and A-Level Design and Technology courses for students. The content has been mapped to course requirements, making it an ideal element for teachers to add into their plans. The structure of the module makes it suitable for a six to eight week section of such a course.”
Many schools will begin their PrintIT course at the beginning of November, but it is still very suitable for a January or February start, meaning that schools are still being welcomed to sign up to the project – details can be obtained via the http://www.proskills.co.uk/printit/ web page.
“The generosity of Apex and the Print Efficiently partners in hosting these students is very much appreciated. This exhibition represents a fantastic opportunity to show students real printing equipment in action – there are few greater adverts for the industry,” added Amy Moran.
Commenting on behalf of the visitors, Sandra Obike, Design and Technology Course Leader at Riddlesdown School, said: “This visit is just great for the students to gain a first hand experience of seeing the whole process in action. They are able to produce print to a very limited degree in the classroom, but this visit illustrates the industrial process to them – they can see, hear and touch the machinery and the work being produced. It is going to help them enormously in building a proper understanding of the whole process.”
The mix of year 10, 11 and 13 students were able to see pre-press, offset printing, digital printing, and post-press products in action. The equipment was also being put to very good use during the second week of Print Efficiently as it was printing and finishing the course books for the PrintIT module.
Commenting on behalf of the hosts, Apex Digital Graphics, Neil Handforth, Sales and Marketing Director, said: “We have a long-standing link with the PrintIT team and have enjoyed offering our facilities for school tours in previous years. I believe that we all have a duty to offer youngsters an insight into the world of print – it is still one of the most exciting industries to be involved in. There are so many facets to printing: graphic and structural design, the technology aspect of pre-press, the electro-mechanical core of the printing equipment itself, and the technical demands of post-press products, to name but a few. There is something to excite everybody.”
Apex and IFS have been involved in the production of student workbooks during the second week of the Print Efficiently event. The A4 format, saddle-stitched publications will be printed on Apex’s Ryobi 755G press and finished on post-press equipment from IFS. The workbooks are 20-30 pages long, bound, and sent out to schools for students to complete as a part of their course. The printed products contain worksheets, industry processes, exercises, and design boards.
PrintIT! is run by the charity Proskills and teaches students about the print and packaging industries. With a focus on designing a print product for Fairtrade, schools are provided with lessons plans, resources, and workbooks entirely free of charge. The aim is to encourage the next generation of young people to get excited about print and packaging. To date, the programme has been enjoyed over 140,000 students from around 2,000 schools. Every year student entries are judged by a panel of industry experts, with awards and prizes being presented to both students and schools. View a video of last year’s awards at www.printit.org.uk
Apex Digital Graphics Limited is a specialist in the supply and service of pre-press and press equipment. Apex is the official UK distributor for the Ryobi range of printing presses and ECRM polyester platesetters. Apex also distributes the Screen range of thermal and violet platesetters, and the Konica Minolta range of digital printing equipment. The company offers national service coverage, and a one-stop shop for print consumables featuring next day delivery. Apex Digital Graphics can be contacted on 01442 235 236 or via the www.apexdigital.co.uk web site.