The BPIF is the principal business support organisation representing the UK print, printed packaging and graphic communication industry and is one of the country's leading trade associations. We are a not-for-profit-distribution organisation.

Training News

Skills benchmarking project

02 June 2005

The BPIF is working with the CBI to produce case studies of employer good practice in employee skills development, in order to develop a set of guidelines to help employers benchmark their own progress in training their staff. The final report, which is being funded by the Department for Education and Skills, will be launched in November as part of the government’s EU Presidency events.

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New to a supervisory role? Would you benefit from some training?

12 May 2005

The BPIF’s Supervisor Role course will be running on the 7th June at our Birmingham Regional Business Centre. This one day introductory course will benefit all those who are about to become a supervisor, or who have had no previous training in the supervision of others in the workplace.

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BPIF staff member in Lands End – John O’Groats charity bike ride

13 April 2005

In May this year, veteran charity fund-raiser and BPIF Midlands staff member, Stephanie Smart, will be fulfilling a lifelong dream and cycling the 900 miles between Lands End and John O’Groats, on behalf of two charities – Volunteer Bureau and Motability.

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Cash prizes for employers who train

13 April 2005

New practical learning charity Edge has launched a nationwide search for employers who provide the very best practical training for young people. Edge will reward £460,000 in cash prizes to employers across the nation who can demonstrate how they offer excellent work-related learning opportunities for 14-25 year olds.

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ALI confirms raising of BPIF Training standards

08 April 2005

Following the last Adult Learning Inspectorate (ALI) inspection of BPIF Training in 2003, the department has implemented a series of improvements following a post-inspection development plan.

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Meet the Proskills team

08 April 2005

Come along to one of these free events and find out how Proskills plans to support your companies training and development. Find out how you could influence public funding for Skills in our industry.

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US print sales expert Terry Nagi and BPIF to host solutions selling workshop

31 March 2005

Experienced workshop presenter and published author of print sales related books, Terry Nagi, will be joining forces with the BPIF in an interactive two-day solutions selling workshop designed specifically to improve the techniques and success rates of print sales professionals.

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BPIF And XL Recruitment tackle print''s sales skills problems

30 March 2005

The BPIF and associate member XL Recruitment are launching a project that aims to improve the quality of sales people in the print industry.

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Getting the sale

23 March 2005

The Getting the Sale course is a one-day course, which is designed for anyone who is either just moving into a selling career or for those who would perhaps benefit from a fresh look at the sales process.

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Your response vital to bring £4.5m to transform print industry skills

17 March 2005

Proskills, the proposed Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the printing industry and 4 other process and manufacturing industries needs your support. With enough sector backing Proskills will gain its licence and over its first three years would bring £4.5m of Government investment into the industry for research and development and over time have access to even greater funding for the sector.

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Introduction to Print Technology Course

10 March 2005

We are going to be running the next 3-day Introduction to Print Technology Course at our head office in London on the 12th, 13th, & 14th April. This 3-day course is for those new to the printing industry and/or those requiring a more in-depth appreciation of the processes and materials involved.

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BPIF Scholarship winner''s top marks prove the judges right!

17 February 2005

Jenny Keeble, a winner of a BPIF Educational Scholarship in 2004 has justified her selection by the judging panel with the highest possible result in the second year of her BA Foundation Degree in Printing & Publishing Production.

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Training and skills in the South East

10 February 2005

Of all the printing companies in the UK who currently use the BPIF for training programmes such as government funded Apprenticeships or National Vocational Qualifications for adults, only 7% of these are based in the South East.

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South East students make the headlines at Stationers’ careers day!

28 January 2005

On 26 January, approximately 350 school children and teachers from schools in London and Hertforshire turned out for another enormously successful print careers event.

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BPIF urges members to support PrintIT! in schools

BPIF urges members to support PrintIT! in schools

13 January 2005

The BPIF has pledged to support a new £100,000+ initiative launched this week by Picon which will result in the most concerted industry-wide effort ever to raise the profile of the printing industry and encourage young people to make a career in printing.

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S/NVQ Satisfaction Surveys

16 December 2004

The Print Education & Training Forum (PETF) is the organisation responsible for the Occupational Standards that underpin the print and printed packaging suite of Scottish and National Vocational Qualifications (S/NVQs). In early 2005 the PETF will be undertaking a review of these Occupational Standards, and as a starting point will consult with those who use the S/NVQs to find out how satisfied they are.

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Proskills Calls for Directors and Chief Executive

07 December 2004

Agreement has now been reached by a number of industries, including print, to work together with the Sector Skills Development Agency to form a Sector Skills Council (SSC). Proskills is the working name of this initiative and they are looking to appoint non-executive directors for the main management board and its Chief Executive in January 2005.

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Try Out Training

30 November 2004

Training will help your business, but don't take our word for it; come along to the Try out training evening on Tuesday 26th April.

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Entries to close for BPIF Educational Scholarships

16 November 2004

Entries for the 2005 BPIF Educational Scholarships will close on 31st December 2004 and potential entrants are urged to send in their applications before Christmas if possible for the twelve awards of £2500 each to be won by young people seeking a career in print.

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BCF to access national apprenticeship funding through BPIF

10 November 2004

On Monday 15 November, the British Coatings Federation (BCF) Training Awards will herald the beginning of a new relationship between the BCF and the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) which will, for the first time, allow the BCF to access national government funding for coatings apprenticeships through the BPIF’s national training contract.

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