PrintNZ, and industry training partner Competenz, announced the remainder of the top five Apprentice of the Year finalists at the North Island Training Graduation ceremony held last week in Auckland.
At the presentation Ruth Cobb, general manager of PrintNZ, said, “Our industry requires skilled workers to produce excellent products and today that’s what we are here for  – to celebrate those people who have made a commitment to our industry by undertaking a training programme, and the employers that have recognised their talent and provided them with the opportunity to do so.
“The Apprentice of the Year award especially recognises those who have excelled in their studies which they completed within the last 12 months, and displayed a great passion and enthusiasm for their work and our industry.”
The top five apprentices:
Myra Anderson from in Wellington
Robert Pearce from Pakworld in Christchurch
Ryan Fraser from Rocket Print in Auckland
Taryn Gannaway from Beacon Print in Whakatane
Wade Jones from Labelmakers in Hamilton
PrintNZ will announce the Print Apprentice of the Year at the Pride in Print Awards gala dinner on 12 May in Christchurch.
Cobb adds, “2017 marks the third year that PrintNZ has hosted training graduations which recognise the achievements of the apprentices and trainees in the print and affiliated industries. Over these events we’re proud to have celebrated the achievements of over 500 trainees in various fields who are ensuring print in New Zealand has a great future.
“Special thank you to BJ Ball Papers, Fujifilm and Tharstern for their support in making these industry training events possible.
“And congratulations to all the graduates of 2016 and good luck to the top five Apprentice of the Year candidates.”

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