At WorldSkills 2011, Girl Power Prevails in the Offset Printing Category
Gold in the offset printing category went to 22-year-old Makiko Ito from Japan. One of the presses she works on is a Printmaster PM 74 from Heidelberg.
Susanna Virtanen from Finland honed her skills on a Printmaster PM 52 four-color press. Alongside her job as a printer, she is a college student in Finland.
“Heidelberg has had an impressively high proportion of female printing trainees for some years now. We are currently training 10 young people to become printers and four of these are highly motivated young women. The next WorldSkills competition will return to Germany for the first time in 40 years—and perhaps one of our trainees will once again be a finalist in Leipzig in 2013,” Nahm said.
All participants in the WorldSkills offset printing category came away with valuable experience
Heidelberg provided two Speedmaster SM 52 five-color presses for the competition in London. Both machines were sold to two British customers even before the end of the event. The European finalists did their preparatory training on the same type of press at the Print Media Center in Heidelberg in September 2011.
Heidelberg is a founding member of the WorldSkills Germany e.V. initiative, which was set up in 2006 to raise awareness of the exceptional value that high-quality vocational training holds.