PrintNZ has named Logan Print technical manager Colin Lean as the Trainer of the Year.
Lean, previously been named the Top Level 3 Completion Sheetfed Trainee and Sheetfed Apprentice of the Year, received the accolade at the Pride In Print Awards.
Ruth Cobb, general manager of PrintNZ, says, “Colin leads by example and is a worthy winner of the Trainer of the Year Award. Colin has continued his education with the Diploma of Print Management, while at the same time championing 12 apprentices through the business, including an Apprentice of the Year Finalist.
Noting this year was the first time his Gisborne-based company had entered the Trainer of the Year Award, Lean played down his contribution. He said, “It is a great honour in being named winner. I am only a small part in our company’s training team, so I was proud to represent the whole team at Logan Print.
“Our current apprentices are mentored daily by our former apprentices on the production floor. This support extends to our production engineer, pre-press team and senior guillotine operators.
“Of the 12 apprentices I have helped train at Logans, nine are still with us, which shows we are doing a great job and our staff want to be here. I hope we can do this for more apprentices going forward.”
He adds that he enjoys working with the apprentices and Competenz account manager Malcolm Pearce to set realistic goals and then support the trainees to reach those goals. He adds, “One-on-one training sessions, using live jobs as training tools, are a great way to help them through their training.”

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