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What you can achieve with a print apprenticeship

The chance to explore her creativity led Holmesglen graduate Nicole Danger to a print career and new job possibilities.

Nicole is a National Print Awards Future Leader Award recipient whose interest in letterpress print motivated her to make the switch from real estate to printing.

“From my first experience with letterpress, I was fascinated by the hiss and smell of the ink, the clunk and whoosh of the press and the harmonious rhythm of the sound,” she says.

Printing has evolved with modern technology, and offers numerous and diverse career opportunities. These include digital print manager, digital printer, print machinist or screen printer.

Holmesglen's ICP31215 Certificate III in Printing is a part-time, three-year apprenticeship course that includes a blend of on and off-site training to prepare the next generation of print professionals for these roles.

The main qualities a print apprentice should have are “patience, respect, a keen eye and attention to detail, and curiosity", says Nicole.

Her training included a number of site tours, including to her current workplace, Melbourne’s Chapel Press.

“I was able to witness the operation and capabilities of a range of large presses, alternate print procedures with different substrates and various finishing techniques.”

The enjoyment Nicole gains from her work harks back to the joy she felt studying graphic design and studio art at secondary school. 

“It is the tactile nature and three-dimensional aspect ...that is engaging and evokes emotion. These print qualities are unique and the main reason why I am so passionate about what I do.

“There is great satisfaction in creating a keepsake piece from start to finish, and seeing the artwork come to life."

Find out what training and career options are available to you at our print courses page.

Photo credit: Chapel Press.

All information is correct at the time of printing but subject to change.

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