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Learn to capitalise on your customers’ deepest desires

Let’s talk psychology. No, not the meaning of that awful recurring nightmare; the one where you’re running naked past the presses in a panic that you’ve forgotten to action your company’s biggest ever order – with the fiery unicorn of justice in hot pursuit, baying for your blood.

Making the case for setting up apprenticeships

Keenan Phillips had something to prove at his interview for an apprenticeship post. So did the man interviewing him for the job at Saxon Packaging.

Green packaging is centre stage at Birmingham expo

The environment will feature strongly at this year’s show on the future of packaging.

Train to gain: earning from learning

Demographic shifts, such as lengthening lifespans leading to longer working lives and developments in work, including the rise of the robots, all reinforce the trend towards people having several different careers.

Skills schemes to attract bright young things

Whenever I thought of the print industry I pictured big warehouses printing stacks of newspapers: I guess I just thought of print as being quite old-fashioned,” recalls one of them.

Don’t let the funding maze deter skills goals

When printing giant Polestar shut its doors for the last time earlier this year, it wasn’t just the trade for its various high-profile clients that rivals were clamouring over – its staff were in demand too.

Get to grips with tomorrow’s world

Technology has affected every industry in some shape or form, and in many cases it has completely revolutionised sectors. In the printing industry this has been manifested in the machines becoming more sophisticated as a result, with continuous improvements in both hardware and software.

Calculating the costs of kit enlightenment

No one likes reading the manual. Whether it be electronics, toys or furniture, the huge accompanying instruction booklets are usually largely left untouched. And even when instructions are followed, as with certain flatpack furniture products, things often still go awry.

Filling the void: home schooling for print skills

All this talk of there being a shortage of skills in the print and packaging industries is rubbish, according to Label Apeel managing director Amy Chambers: “It’s not that there’s a shortage – it’s a vacuum, a huge void.”

Help your staff step up and take charge

When print was simpler, more muscular industry, stepping up to management from the printroom rarely caused an issue. Indeed, part of the role usually entailed staying in that print room: the majority of print businesses were – and still are – too small to have a manager stuck in a distant office all day.

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