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THE finalists for the Top
Management Trainee Award,
sponsored by Trust4Skills,
completed their diploma study
in 2012 are Karyn Wilson, Printable
Solutions, Christchurch; Shelly Fawcett,
Format Print, Petone; Cody Ellis, The
Label Professionals, Christchurch; and
Samuel Donaldson, Screen Printing
Solutions, Hamilton. The PrintNZ
Training Apprentice Awards Dinner on
May 2 will announce the winner.
We interview two of the finalists for this year’s Top Management
Trainee Award: Karyn Wilson and Shelly Fawcett, who share
their thoughts on the benefits of completing the Diploma in Print
Management through PrintNZ Training
New Zealand Printer: Why did you decide to complete the diploma?
Karyn Wilson: After completing the digital print apprenticeship, I saw the diploma
as a perfect next step to further my career in the print industry. I have always been
very adamant that I would not be just a printer and wanted to make a successful
career in the print industry. I knew having a management qualification would play a
huge part in getting myself out of the printer role and get me closer to my ultimate
goal of running a successful print company.
NZP: How did you combine your study with working?
KW: To be honest, I really struggled through the first 12 months. I then put some
very strict rules and time frames in place and got my partner on board to help
reinforce them and crack the whip when I needed it, which luckily wasn’t very
often at all. I found once I got into a good routine of studying 2-3 hours every
Monday and Wednesday night it became very enjoyable. I flew through the
NZP: How have you benefited from completing the diploma?
KW: The diploma has helped me greatly in my day to day work. The biggest way
it has benefited me is by giving me confidence
in my new management position. Completing
the Costing and Finance for Print and Quality
Management papers gave me much more
knowledge and skills and really gave me the
boost I needed to have the confidence to step
up and make changes. It was that confidence
as well as all the successful changes I have
implemented that helped me recently secure
a promotion to general manager.
NZP: How do you plan to use your diploma
study to further your career?
KW: At this stage I am still very new to
the role of general manger, so I have a huge amount to
learn. The diploma has already been incredibly beneficial in my new role
and I believe as I get deeper into the role, I will be using those skills and the
knowledge I gained even more.
New Zealand Printer: How did you combine your
study with working?
Shelly Fawcett: Studying for the diploma meant
that I could use what I was learning and incorporate
that into my daily job tasks. The diploma gave me
the tools so that I was encouraged to implement
quality changes within the business thus
improving the day to day running of the company.
An example of this is implementing the Indigo
Schedule Programme. Jobs are now scheduled
by myself so the business has a more realistic
overview of how busy the machine is, what
order jobs will be printing in and when jobs are
likely to be ready to dispatch.
NZP: How have you benefited from
completing the diploma?
SF: Completing the diploma has benefited me by providing me with the
information needed to have an introductory understanding of what it takes
to run a printing company and lead a team. I have now learned, through the
modules I completed, how to implement changes to better complete everyday
tasks to a higher standard and eliminate waste through improved management
of time and materials.
I also understand basic financial aspects of running a company in terms of
how different cost centres are combined to produce the rates that are used for
quoting purposes. By completing the diploma it has benefited both me and my
NZP: How do you plan to use your diploma study to further your career?
SF: With the qualifications I have gained through the diploma, I now have the
base knowledge required to expand my learning to further my understanding of
what it takes to run a print business.
I plan to use the diploma as a stepping stone to build on the knowledge I have
learned to excel in my career.
PRINTNZ Training says its Diploma in Print Management is the ideal way to
expand knowledge of business practice in the print industry. Module options
• Production processes and technology (compulsory)
• Costing and finance for print • Environment management
• Procurement management • Quality management
• Production planning
The full diploma takes three steps for completion: Introductory Certificate
(Level 4), National Certificate (Level 5) and National Diploma (Level 5).
The cost depends on the modules selected. The first module costs $500,
which includes the cost of the induction workshop. Subsequent modules cost
$300 each for learners signed onto a Training Agreement with CMITO.
All learners complete a short induction workshop that includes developing a
training plan, site visits and making a start on the first module.
Contact PrintNZ Training on 0800 654 455, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
Gaining confidence through knowledge
A diploma as a stepping stone
About the diploma
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