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Big names line up behind training campaign

Some of the best known names in the industry are lining up to add muscle to a new fundraising campaign to help Proskills improve training.

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Learning curve: PrintIT! is a nationwide education initiative

Called PassIT!, the campaign came about through the London Calling event this year. It is a collaboration between Duplo and its partners to run a ten month fundraising campaign to raise awareness and money for the Proskills’ Schools into the organisation’s industry programme PrintIT!

Companies lining up to support the venture include Optimus, Antalis, Balreed, Taopix, Vpress, LumeJet, Renz, Neopost, and Vivid. They each have been allocated a month in which to organise a fundraising activity, allowing considerable scope for unusual methods of raising cash for the good cause.

Their funds will be used to improve the programme’s materials, contribute to schools visits to industry and the development of brand new learning activities and competitions

First off the mark is Optimus, a supplier of management information systems to the printing industry based in Woking, Surrey.  They are planning on cycling an epic 296 miles, which it calculates is the equivalent of cycling to Bruges in Belgium—where Caxton printed the first English text book. Although of course they will not have to cross the English Channel or cycle of the right side of the road.

Proskills says: “Each company will take a month to raise as much money as possible through fundraising activities and events running up to London Calling in October 2015.  This initiative sees ten companies coming together with one goal—helping PrintIT! reach more young people than ever before. PrintIT! is a nationwide education initiative that has been teaching students about the print and paper industries since 2005, with 140,000 pupils and nearly 2,000 schools taking part in the programme to date.

“Their funds will be used to improve the programme’s materials, contribute to schools visits to industry and the development of brand new learning activities and competitions.”

Steve Richardson of Optimus says: “The print and graphics industries are embedded in the UK’s heritage and economic landscape as one of the top contributors in manufacturing.  We cannot afford to let young talent miss out and we must inspire them at the grassroots level to enter our industries. We need young, flexible, and fresh skills to come in or we risk losing growth and innovation.

“PrintIT! is a fantastic initiative from which we will all benefit.  By helping to inspire and teach young people about our industries we are ensuring a continuing stream of new skills, helping us to grow and remain a strong contributor to jobs in the UK and beyond.”

Richardson concludes: “We are very proud to be part of the PassIT! fundraising campaign for PrintIT! We can’t wait to kick off the activities this month with the cycle challenge.  Let’s all get behind it and help inspire young people into our industries!”

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