Roland DG Australia , a worldwide supplier of wide-format inkjet printers and Print&Cut devices, and Conect Enterprises, are investing in Australia's first secondary school Trade Training Centre. The Centre, at the year 11 and 12 Catholic Regional College, Sydenham, will operate business units where students can learn a practical trade in an actual business environment.
The Roland Print & Design Centre will be a feature of the Trade Training Centre, and students will be able to gain experience in the signage and graphics arts industry at this learning point.
CRC Sydenham Principal Brendan Watson has welcomed the partnership. "Roland and Conect's generous involvement in this exciting educational initiative cements a vital link between the school and the signage industry," Mr Watson said.
"While helping to address the skills shortage in Australia, it will provide students with opportunities for their future that can only be achieved when industry and schools work in partnership. This is a unique collaboration that will benefit hundreds of students over the next few years."
Roland DG has supplied the college with machinery such as a VP-540i Print&Cut machine as well as a GX-500 50" Cutter and an MPX-80 Photo Impact printer. Conect Enterprises will be the major supplier of signage materials to the school, such as digital media, sign vinyls and other accessories.
"Roland DG is proud to be investing in the future of the Graphic Arts and Signage industry," says John Wall, Sales & Marketing Manager at Roland DG. "Catholic Regional College Sydenham is a progressive and innovative school and we are excited to partner with them to give the students access to the very best equipment to learn the skills needed to excel when they enter the workforce."
Paul Coniglio, Marketing Manager at Conect Enterprises, says "the trade training centre will allow young people to have the skills required to prepare them to work in graphic design, sign writing, or digital printing," Mr Coniglio said. "With technology making the industry more accessible, it's an important step to take signage and print education into secondary schools. This will also assist with the shortage of qualified young people available when business owners need trained staff. It's great for our company to give something back to our industry."
CRC Sydenham Principal Brendan Watson is equally enthusiastic: "Roland DG's investment in the Catholic Regional College Trade Training Centre is an investment in the future of Australia. Students will have choices like never before. Partnerships with industry leaders like Roland are crucial so that students can have such opportunities."