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.
11 July 2005
On Wednesday, 06 July, Proskills, the new Government backed skills and training organisation for the process and manufacturing industries, was recommended to receive a licence to operate from the Education and Skills Secretary, Ruth Kelly.
01 July 2005
This summer BPIF Training will be taking on 3 new members of staff to support a reinvigorated department. Currently delivering 58% of the current market share of apprenticeships in the whole of the printing industry with 435 apprentices, BPIF Training has achieved its goal of increasing apprenticeships and has shifted the balance from apprentices making up 45% of those in training in March 2004 to 54% now.
01 July 2005
Seven young people were presented with substantial cheques on June 30 when this year’s successful applicants for a BPIF Educational Scholarship were acknowledged at a short ceremony and buffet lunch at London’s Army & Navy Club in Pall Mall.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.