Scottish print apprentices honoured

Darryl Danielli
Monday, July 20, 2020

Print Scotland has hailed the 2020 Scottish Print Apprentice of the Year winners as the industry’s leaders of tomorrow.

Marcus Urquhart receiving his certificate from Ivanhoe Caledonian pre-press manager Stuart Dalziel
Marcus Urquhart receiving his certificate from Ivanhoe Caledonian pre-press manager Stuart Dalziel

Five apprentices were honoured in this year’s awards scheme, which are designed to recognise outstanding achievement and encourage the take-up of apprenticeships.

Print Scotland director Garry Richmond, said that it was more important than ever for companies to recruit apprentices.

“Scotland’s print businesses have played a critical role in fighting and overcoming the Covid-19 pandemic. As essential workers, they have been at the forefront.

“Given that role, it is more important than ever that the industry needs to employ more apprentices to sustain Scotland’s print sector."

This year’s Overall Apprentice of the Year was 21-year-old Marcus Urquhart, who works in the pre-press studio at commercial printer Ivanhoe Caledonian, which is based in Musselburgh on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

The four level 3 discipline winners were:

Post-press – Scott McNee, folder operator at Glasgow book printer Bell & Bain.

Pre-press – Bradley Melvin, who works across the pre-press and post-press departments of commercial and wide-format printer JJR Print in Dumbarton.

Print Administration - Elizabeth Paul, who works in the estimating department of Bell & Bain.

Press – Russell Williamson, a press minder on the five-colour B2 Komori at commercial printer Alba Print in Dumfries.

“These awards recognise outstanding achievement amongst the young people who represent the next generation of our leaders of Scotland’s print sector,” said Richmond.

Due to the current restrictions, Print Scotland was unable to host its usual awards ceremony, instead sending the certificates to the winners’ employers for presentation.

Print Scotland president, Iain Robertson said: “Despite these highly unusual circumstances, we continue to celebrate the achievements of our young colleagues in acquiring future-proof skills to take Scotland’s print industry forward.

“The print industry in Scotland has a real future across a range of skillsets and needs a constant flow of high-quality and motivated apprentices in even greater numbers, and from an increasingly diverse range of backgrounds, to fulfil its potential.”

This year’s fifth annual awards were sponsored by Antalis, HP, and Muller Martini.

As well as the being the official industry trade body north of the border, Print Scotland offers modern apprenticeship training through the Scottish Training Scheme, which provides a grant from the Scottish Government to cover the cost of the training.

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