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What's it like to be a trainee or apprentice?
Current job title and role:
I am the Print Supervisor at Hyde Park Press, which means I oversee the work done by the printers on the factory floor. I am the one that makes sure that what they are doing is correct and I give the final O.K.
What do you like/enjoy about your current role?
I really enjoy coming into work each day. I have a great job that lets me catch up with a lot of good people.
I have worked in printing for over 15 years, so I enjoy the specific tasks too. I like problem solving and that's a big part of my current role.
What steps led you to this role from secondary school?
I wasn't sure what I was going to do when I finished school, and I wasn't considering going into a trade. My Dad was a printer and he suggested I do a ten week course in printing, to get a feel for the industry.
I ended up doing my apprenticeship with Hyde Park Press and I have never looked back. I am really happy in this industry and with this company.
What sort of student were you? What subjects were you interested in at school?
I wasn't an overly academic student and my favourite subject was physical education (P.E.). I also enjoyed woodwork and metal work, even though I wasn't necessarily very good at them.
I didn't have the best concentration span when it came to doing the more academic subjects, which is why I enjoyed the subjects which let me actually do things.
If you had some "words of wisdom" for young people/secondary school students considering a Printing/Graphic Arts related career path, what would these comments be?
It's a good trade with a lot of opportunities to go into different areas. You might start doing an apprenticeship, but then you can work your way quickly into a management role.
Plus, it's a job you will enjoy. I know a lot of people in the industry who work in a lot of different positions, but we all enjoy our jobs- and that's very important.
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