Trainee of the Year: Jordan Dudas, AJS Labels

By PrintWeek Team, Tuesday 21 October 2014

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If Jordan Dudas was curious about printing, his bosses we no less fascinated by their new recruit when he turned up at AJS Labels late last summer.

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Trainee of the Year: Jordan Dudas, AJS Labels

The high-achiever at college played pro-level football for Brighton and Hove Albion, but could he take the hard knocks of printing? Dudas enrolled on a BPIF print administration NVQ Level 3 and within a few months was ready for AJS Labels’ most demanding account, a blue-chip client big on intricate compliance procedures. His bosses feel full-on respect. Commercial team leader Jon Tucker says: “Jordan is already becoming a major asset.” Managing director Andrew Scrimgeour is more direct: “I am sure we are looking at a future leader of the printing industry.”  

Winner: Jordan Dudas, AJS Labels

Highly commended
Aiden McCann, Tradeprint
Less than a year ago standing in front of a printing press the size of a bus was “more than a little intimidating”, for Aiden McCann. Less than a year into his apprenticeship at Tradeprint he is operating the machine and intimidation has given away to intrigue: “The technology on this press is mind-blowing. Now, I am confident and producing live print.”

Jonathan Taylor, De La Rue
If joining De La Rue gave Jonathan Taylor, currently studying for an NVQ Level 2, a licence to print money, he’s finding it a licence to thrill. “I have been an apprentice for the past nine months and the role keeps getting better,” he says. “I still get a thrill of excitement – almost a chill – whenever I enter the print room.”

Finalists

  • Aiden McCann, Tradeprint
  • Jonathan Taylor, De La Rue
  • Jordan Dudas, AJS Labels

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