Future Print Program

An initiative of the Printing Industries Association of Australia and the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union, Future Print is a strategic response to economic, demographic and technological changes impacting the print and packaging industry.

The initiative is helping businesses in print and related sectors develop the skills and capabilities to transform and continue to succeed in a changing environment. Future Print aims to:

  • assist businesses manage change and reform
  • support innovation
  • underpin productivity improvements
  • deliver the skilled workers necessary to enable transition.

Media Super has a long history with the print industry. We’ve been supporting print workers since Print Super was formed in 1987, and now we’re working with Future Print in a number of ways to help ensure the ongoing success of the industry and our members.

Transformation for success

The Transformation Programme is central to the Future Print initiative, helping businesses to understand the key strategies in managing change and reform. It includes leadership briefings, business diagnostics and reviews, workshops and training, as well as one-on-one mentoring.

More than 260 businesses are signed up to the program and taking part in the various workshops, briefings and seminars.

A key component of the program is the Media Super Business Benchmarking service, which allows business owners to find out how they’re performing compared with other ‘like’ organisations within the industry and across the general business community. The service has provided many businesses with interesting, and often surprising, data and valuable insights for future planning.

Along with Printing Industries, we also held a free webinar on key superannuation changes for employers, in particular SuperStream requirements.

New talent is key

Attracting young workers is vital for the survival of the print industry. The aim of the Future Print apprenticeship program was to design a sustainable form of vocational training for the industry, and attract a new crop of talent.

The new training model was designed to be largely delivered on-site, making use of new technologies and an improved structure and partnering Registered Training Organisations with employers and supervisors to assess the achievement of set competencies ‘on the go’.

Two years in, the program has been a great success with more than 240 apprentices on board, with more to be recruited before the project concludes at the end of the year.

See for yourself what some of the apprentices had to say at a national forum held in June 2015.