2016 SWUG Chairman Changes Industry

It is with regret we announce to the SWUG fraternity and wider print community that Dan Blackbourn has resigned from his position as SWUG NZ Chairman and has left the print industry all together after deciding to accept a senior position in the glazing industry.

During his 40 year tenure in the printing trade and as chairman of SWUG NZ Dan was instrumental at championing our industry in many ways, anything from promoting Apprenticeships to recognizing print quality by way of the SWUG quality awards (and also the Pride In Print Awards).

Dan was also a champion of those who work tirelessly in the community and actively supported The Hospice, Cancer Foundation and several other notable causes such as Billy Graham’s Boxing Academy.

I am sure you will join in in thanking Dan for all his efforts and work heralding the art of putting ink on paper and wishing him all the very best for the future.

For all inquiries please contact a member of the SWUG NZ Committee.

2016 SWUG Apprentice of the Year

The inaugural Apprentice of The Year was established in 2010 and the calibre of applications was of a high standard with Matthew Lowe of the Whakatane Beacon taking out the supreme award and enjoying the spoils of victory being a fully-funded trip to Melbourne to visit DS Chemports facility and site visits to leading Melbourne newspapers.

Jamie Melgren from APN Print Tauranga was the winner in 2011, Shane Baskiville from APN Print Ellerslie the winner in 2012, Edmond Huch also of APN Print Ellerslie in 2013, Molisi Saulala Moui-He-Ofa from NZME Ellerslie in 2014 and Navdeep Sidhu from NZME Ellerslie in 2015.

Special thanks to James Ackland and the team at DS Chemport for continuing to sponsor this prestigious SWUG Award.

Those apprentices that have come out of their time in the last 12 months are eligible to enter.

To assist the independent judges in comparing the nominated apprentices from different trades within the Printing and Publishing Industry and to ensure that you give your candidate the best chance of winning we have set out below standard criteria for this years applications.

Checklist for SWUG NZ Apprentice of the Year:

– Nominating Company / Site Address:
– Name of Apprentice :
– Apprentices trade:

– Date started apprenticeship:
– Date due for completion:
– Course due for completion:
– On Task to complete / tracking:
– Attendance /sick days taken:

– Quality of workmanship:
– Attitude towards work:
– Co-operation with Co-Workers:
– Willingness to accept responsibility:
– Compliance with company rules:
– Ability to plan and organise work:
– Dependability:
– Attitude to Health & Safety:

Written Comments from:
– Comment from Superiors:
– Apprentice Course Supervisor:
– Site Training Manager:
– Work Supervisor:
– General Manager:

These need to include comment on above points plus why they feel that person should be nominated their point of difference from others in the workplace. Please ensure that these are checked thoroughly as last year there were are a lot of spelling and punctuation errors that should be avoided.

NB: We also feel that workplaces should look to nominate from each site their top apprentices in each field not three from the same site doing the same apprenticeship. The nominees need to be the ones in the workplace the management consider as the top contenders.

Comments from Nominee:

– Why they feel they are eligible
– Exam Results to date Pass/ Achieve /Merit/ Excellence (clearly state these results and feel free to comment on your progress)
– What makes you stand out from the crowd
– Your future hopes/dreams
– Any work papers/samples etc you would like to share to add weight to your nomination

We hope you find this information useful in assisting with applications and we look forward to you putting your candidate forward for this years SWUG NZ Apprentice of the Year 2016.

Should you wish to discuss this in any further detail please do not hesitate to contact Dan Blackbourn on mobile 021 770 804.

Send your application too: NZ SWUG, PO Box 50166, Porirua 5240, Wellington.

Closing date for submissions is: June 22, 2016.