Printing SA held a screen printing graduation ceremony at Bronberg Church, Pretoria on 30 September. All 20 learners passed the course, with two being employed full-time; one employed part-time in screen printing; and another who is employed full time and running a small business.
After receiving a grant from FP&M SETA, Printing SA’s central and northern chambers met with Pretoria-based non-profit organisation Participate Empower Navigate (PEN) to recruit learners for the programme. The two week course was divided into two parts: basic screen printing, followed by business training.
Alice Tindall, a specialist in screen printing with some 25 years experience who ran the workshops, said there is a wide market for screen printing. Additionally, she mentioned that although a few of the learners are not always fortunate to have electricity, they could still take home their basic screen printing kits, which don’t require power.
Central chamber manager Elri van Zyl said, ‘It’s very exciting for Printing SA to bring youngsters into the industry and provide them with these skills. It’s important to create awareness that printing is a viable career path.’