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Mind the gap: how printers can acquire digital skills they lack

With nine out of 10 British organisations lacking in digital skills, what means are available to modernise the workforce to face the changing world?

Manufacturers hit hard in the UK’s chronic skills shortage

Whether it is warranted or not, Brexit, and its potential fallout, is now held up – in the media and in much of the public discourse – as the driver of whichever of the UK’s current ills is being discussed.

Apprenticeship Levy under fire for failing businesses

More than a year has passed since the Apprenticeship Levy was launched last April and many feel that it is not working as intended.

Are we doing enough for the future of the industry?

National Apprenticeship Week begins as this issue hits readers’ desks, but its focus probably says more about our aspirations than the situation on the ground. The government has pledged to create 3 million new positions by 2020, but its efforts don’t seem to be having much of an impact.

Latest industry age statistics don’t tell the whole story

The average age of a print industry worker has fallen, according to new data sourced by the BPIF. Previously estimated at 48, the organisation has analysed the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics – obtained via a Freedom of Information request as the data is not generally published – and revealed that the average has now dropped to around 43.

Is the digital skills gap holding print back?

Earlier this month the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) released its latest research into the UK’s Digital Economy, which highlighted the need for more digital and data skills among SMEs in the services and manufacturing sectors.

How can print ensure the next generation is well trained?

All industries need to maintain a steady flow of new entrants, progressing through training to more skilled positions. But it can be hard to ensure, and particularly so when the ability to attract top-quality trainees is stymied by an unfair negative portrayal of said industry.

Have print’s customer service capabilities been put on hold?

Got an issue with your phone contract? Attempting to purchase Glastonbury tickets? Or, just maybe, opting for a new supplier for your latest print job? There is a very good chance you will have to put up with some interminable hold music.

Can the Apprenticeship Levy deliver real value for industry?

With just 15 months to go before the Apprenticeship Levy comes into force, companies are advised to start planning their apprenticeship provision, if they have not done so already.

Is enough being done to attract young people into print?

"Printing is part of life, but it requires skills,” said HRH The Duke of York at The Printing Charity’s 188th Annual Luncheon earlier this month.

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