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Print industry has new Standard approved

The print industry has received full approval for the Level 2 Print Operative Standard from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE).

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The BPIF has produced a second industry standard for print

This is the result of hard work by the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) and members of the print industry with the first proposal to develop the standard being made in 2016.

Having developed the Level 3 Print Operative Standard, the BPIF was familiar with the process and as a result was able to develop the Level 2 standard more quickly.

The federation says its ability to fast-track the process was enabled by support from the consortium which comprised of representatives from the industry, including De La Rue, Graphics Packaging International, and The Printing Charity.

Ursula Daly, programme director at BPIF was the main contact for the consortium proposal. She says: “This is a fantastic result for the industry and a great example of the tenacity of people in print.

Approval of the Level 2 Standard brings recognition, structure and opportunity to the engine-room of the industry

“Nobody was deterred by the many hurdles to getting approval, we knew what was needed and everybody pulled together to achieve this. We now have a solid base of apprenticeships for our industry with both the Level 2 Print Operative and the Level 3 Print Technician Standards I place.”

James Buffoni, managing director of Ryedale Group chaired the consortium, and Ian Wilton of CDS was vice chair. The full secretariat was provided by BPIF and the wider industry provided helpful input when needed.

Buffoni adds: “Approval of the Level 2 Standard brings recognition, structure and opportunity to the engine-room of the industry. This signifies that Print Operatives have key skills to offer the UK economy and ensures that print apprenticeships in the UK rival the best in the world.”

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