Irish Printing Federation
Print Media Apprenticeship Renewed
“We are delighted to announce that, as a result of representations made by the Irish Printing Federation, a meeting was held between SOLAS and DIT at which it was agreed that the Print Media Apprenticeship would be granted a one year reprieve.
Why does this matter?
The Print Media Apprenticeship is the only recognised craft training qualification in the state, the industry needs properly trained craftspeople. There is already a skills shortage in a number of key areas in the Irish Print industry. While in-house training might work as a stop-gap measure it will ultimately lead to a deskilling of our workforce. At a time when the industry is facing so many challenges – the economic uncertainty of Brexit, foreign competition the move away from print we can’t afford to lose our skills base. If we fail to address this issue it will have a serious impact on our ability to compete in the future.
What can I do?
Unfortunately the negotiations to save the apprenticeship scheme has caused some delay in the registration of apprentices, so we are calling on all printers who might consider taking on an apprentice to contact the IPF as a matter of extreme urgency.
Furthermore we are calling on all stakeholders in the industry – printing companies, training bodies, unions and state agencies to join with the IPF to fight for the continuation of the Print Media Apprenticeship.
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In 2002, the Irish Printing Federation was a central participant in forming the Print and Packaging Forum. The Forum is an industry representative organisation which brings all stakeholders in the industry together (employers, trades unions, state agencies, educational institutions and professional membership bodies).
Today we work to represent printers during a time of change within the sector. On-demand digital technologies and new ways of reaching clients via online and mobile platforms have opened up new opportunities for print suppliers. With the advent of new printing technologies the role of printers in the industrial world has changed as has our client base.
We work with established and newly formed print companies, of all sizes, to ensure that they are ready to face the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities this ongoing change brings. The IPF is committed to helping it’s members understand how the print business has changed and how to adapt their own business practices to best suit their existing clients and find new ones.
Our partnership with the Design, Print & Packaging Skillnet means that IPF members are kept up to date on training opportunities relevant to the sector. Training courses organised through the DPPS are run throughout the year, ranging from one day workshops to full Masters. These training programs are designed to make industry relevant knowledge and skills accessible to members at every level.
As well as offering insights into the sector and assisting with training the IPF continues to interface with government concerning a wide range of issues that affect the Irish printing industry. The print industry has a unique relationship with Ireland’s’ political establishment stretching back to the foundation of the state. By continuing to lobby government regarding legislative and legal matters of importance to Irish printers the IPF continues to cement the importance of this relationship.
Representing Your Interests
The Irish Printing Federation represents its members in the following areas:
Lobbying Government on VAT regulations and their implementation in relation to procurement outside the jurisdiction by vat exempt bodies
Lobbying Government on procurement policy and the placing of contracts outside the jurisdiction
Industrial relations matters and National Wage Agreements
Representation on legal matters of importance to print and packaging companies, including the application of the Examinership Process
Ensuring political parties and election candidates adhere to the rules on electoral materials
Environmental matters: In 2015 we continue to represents the views of Print Industry companies and promote the professional development of the Industry.