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Apprentice of the Year winners:
where are they now?
Each year the print industry celebrates the achievements of its top
apprentices through the PrintNZ Training Apprentice Awards. Alicia
Lambert catches up with two past winners of the Apprentice of the
Year Award to see what they are doing now
ALWAYS looking for a new challenge, Samuel
Donaldson has added the print management diploma
to his CV, after moving into the role of print manager at
Screenprinting Solutions in Hamilton.
In 2008, Donaldson completed his screen printing
apprenticeship at Screen Printing Solutions, taking out
the Apprentice of the Year Award for that year. This
achievement takes on greater signi cant as he had
faced the speci c challenges of having dyslexia while
completing his schooling.
He says, "Winning Apprentice of the Year gave
me much more belief in myself and it inspired me to
set higher goals. Belief is a big part
in achieving any goal and winning
Apprentice of the Year de nitely
helped with that."
Donaldson enjoys his role
and has taken the opportunity to
continue to learn and increase his
knowledge. He has also enjoyed
being part of a team that has
printed several gold medal winning
entries in the Pride In Print Awards.
He says, "I love a good challenge,
so when a client comes in with a
complicated print idea or something
new I get excited. Planning with the
team, coming up with new ideas,
improving our print quality and
print spectrum to comply with new
demanding jobs is what causes
growth in me and the company, and
I love that."
He completed his print management diploma
through PrintNZ Training in February. He says, "For me
the diploma in print management was the next step.
I was already in a management position so I knew this
would be a lot of help, and it truly was. I learned a lot
of what's important in business and why my employer
manages the company the way he does."
The future looks bright and Donaldson has strong
expectations for more success. He adds, "Now that I
have that further understanding and knowledge, I can
assist in moving the company more in the direction we
are all aiming for."
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AFTER completing his reel-fed printing
apprenticeship in 2004, Ste an
Pedersen carved out a successful
career as an account manager at
Sealed Air New Zealand.
He initially completed a level two
introductory training programme at
the company's Porirua site, winning
an award for the top level two
trainee. He went on to complete
his apprenticeship and won the
2004 Apprentice of the Year
Award.He says that winning this
award has helped him to
advance his career in the industry. He says, "It
meant that I was known in my organisation,
which has helped immensely with me getting
to where I am now. It also meant that I knew I
could achieve, and achieve well, so it boosted
my con dence in my own ability."
Following his award win, he moved around
Sealed Air New Zealand's Porirua plant to gain
a better understanding of the business before
moving into sales as an account manager for
the lower North Island.
He recently relocated to Auckland to look
after Sealed Air New Zealand clients in the
Paci c Islands, with the added perk of travelling
to the islands as part of his role.
He says, "What I enjoy most is the people
and visiting customers' operations. Kiwis do
some amazing stu that is world-leading and I
have the privilege, through my role, of seeing
some of these things that not many people
even know about. People do not realise what
the print industry is fully about and how big it
A strong supporter of formal training, he
adds, "Formal training is very important as it
ensures the skills gained are to the national
standards and that you are doing things
correctly. It also means you get recognition for
the training you have done and what you have
Ste an Pedersen
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