Our Changing Workforce
Yet, if all of these groups work together there is hope. Industry organizations can be the fulcrum that can leverage spreading the word to educational institutions that the industry still needs young people.
Employers need to recommit their efforts (and money) to create OJT programs that can quickly develop the skill sets needed in today’s world of print and technology. A variety of tools exist to support training in the pressroom and bindery (Printing Industries of America’s Training Curriculums) and there are vehicles to measure and benchmark operators’ skills (National Council of Print Industry Certification). Industry manufacturers and industry associations can partner to find ways to recruit “graying” industry trainers who don’t want to retire at the golf course but find ways to give back to an industry many dearly love. All it takes is a bit of creativity, a few dollars, and a commitment that print is still a viable industry.
Joe Polanco serves as the president of the Printing & Imaging Association of MidAmerica, a regional trade association affiliated with Printing Industries of America. To learn more about the Printing Industries of America local affiliates, please visit www.printing.org/affiliates.