PrintIT!

Inspiring the next generation into the print, paper and packaging industries

A unique schools into industry programme

For over ten years PrintIT! has welcomed thousands of young people into the competition. Working together with Fairtrade, the students design a print based product from start to finish.  They learn the skills needed and are educated on the career routes available to them.

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Show them alternative routes to work 

Each school will receive free career packs providing information for both the teachers and students about the apprenticeships available, where to apply and how to progress in these industries.

Free school visits 

Each programme offers schools the opportunities to visit industry, either at trade shows or premises.  Sponsored by the companies involved, transport, guided tours and talks are offered to our registered schools for free!

Free learning resources 

We don’t just give away the curriculum mapped workbooks and scheme of work for free, but there are a whole host of resources available including presentations, videos, factsheets and more!

What the students are saying

This whole experience has opened my eyes to the print and paper industries as I would not have viewed them as a career choice until today!
Ellie Webster, 2014 PrintIT! Overall Winner
I have enjoyed having the freedom to design within the PrintIT! design brief because it has given me an idea of what it is like in the industry.
Sally Jardine, Collingwood College
I have most enjoyed PrintIT! due to being able to design my final product and learning about the different types of printing – I found this interesting because I didn’t know there were so many different types and why they are used to achieve different quality and products.
Eleanor Atkins, Broadland High School
Out of the whole programme, I enjoyed designing my final product the most because it was great to see my rough sketches develop into finished piece.
Kyla Jack Anderson, Arthur Mellows Village College
I have found it interesting learning about the different aspects of the print industry as I had hardly any knowledge about it before this project.
Tianna Pepe, Crispin School
I enjoyed being able to have an insight into what Fairtrade is about and gaining an understanding of how the key ideas of Fairtrade are portrayed using colours and graphics. Also, being able to consider how I would have my design printed by researching and looking up nearby companies and printing presses was really interesting to learn.
Roopali Hothi, Burnham Grammar School
I most enjoyed participating in PrintIT! with my school because we got the opportunity to visit to Balreed and see the printers the printing industry use.
Jamie Lewis Wright, Cornwallis Academy
I really enjoyed the whole PrintIT! project. Learning about the life cycle of paper and understanding the environmental impacts of it was fun. It also was great seeing all the different outcomes that me and my classmates had come up with.
Amber Moyse, Bodmin College
I have enjoyed making and designing my printed product of a chocolate wrapper. I have also enjoyed learning about the Print industry.. finding out about the life cycle of paper and how it can be re-used around 5 times was really interesting.
Megan Thomas, Bodmin College

What the teachers are saying

I loved the PrintIT! programme because not only did it map to the curriculum but it was a way of showing off the talents of my students while exposing them to different careers.
Daemi Rashidi, Winner of the PrintIT! Teacher of the Year Award 2014
I registered for this year’s PrintIT! programme because I have taken part for several years now and wanted to give the Graphics pupils an insight into the print industry!
Gordon Diffey, 2014/15 registered teacher at Springwood High School

What the industry is saying

Being sponsors of PrintIT! is a great initiative we are very happy to support. We have opened our doors to local students a free school visit and it’s been exciting to get their feedback on what they have seen at Balreed and whether they think digital print could be a career for them to consider.
Gary Downey, Group Marketing Director at Balreed
Canon understand the value that the PrintIT! initiative delivers by encouraging young people to consider a future career in the print industry. The programme motivates those that take part and encourages their individual creativity around print, whilst supporting the future of the industry with the next generation of printers.
Andrew Harris, European & UK Marketing Manager at Canon
We are pleased to be able to support Proskills in encouraging young people to consider apprenticeships in the print industry. It is important we make sure that apprenticeships are not only more widely available to employers but we also need to make sure that they are attractive to young people. The PrintIT! Programme helps to do just that.
Carolyn Savage, Head of Consumer Service Partnership at the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS)
We have always been big admirers of the PrintIT! initiative and the way it helps attract some of the best young talent to our industry. We’re really pleased to have PrintIT! and Proskills in attendance at The Print Show as their idea of building for a positive future in print fits in perfectly with our own tagline of ‘Blueprint for the Future’.
Chris Davies, Event Director of the Print Show 2015
The creativity and standard of some of the projects was a pleasure to judge last year and  MakeIT! is a great way of youngsters to develop skills whilst learning about the woodworking sector.
Martin James, Director of Didac
As one of the leading training providers in Print training, Leicester College are proud to support PrintIT because they are fantastic initiative helping to increase the awareness of Print within the next generation of the industry. The mixture of fun and vocational training is a great introduction to show people how their imagination and flare can be manufactured and produced.
Chris Spooner, Business Development Manager at Leicester College
Both Taopix and TranseoMedia are delighted to be participating in raising awareness for the PrintIT! Schools programme. I’m sure all of our customers, whether they are working within the print industry, or in industries whom rely on print for fulfilment such as photo retail, ecommerce and marketing can see the benefits of raising awareness for the print industry amongst a new generation.
Zoe Hartill, Marketing Director for Taopix
Vpress are delighted to be part of the PassIT! inititative, which ultimately will help to raise not only funds, but also awareness of the cause, encouraging more young people to take an interest in our industry.
Tim Cox, Managing Director of Vpress

Learning resources for students and teachers

Below you’ll find the learning resources for the 2014/15 programme, which is now closed.  Sign up for the 2015/16 programme and receive regular updates on when these will be updated.

Should you need any assistance accessing these files do not hesitate to contact the PrintIT! team via sii@proskills.co.uk 

Below you can download the student workbooks and teacher guide. Please note: The student workbooks here are only for reference, should your school require more workbooks or you wish to register, please contact the PrintIT! team: sii@proskills.co.uk

Please note: These files are only available for teachers.

If your students are participating in the extra design task on Page 30 they can access the Printing Charity’s branding here.

We ask that they utilise the logo as part of their A3 poster design. Find out more about the Printing Charity.

Please download the below Fairtrade brand media assets below. You’ll find the “About Fairtrade” Power Point presentation which can be used to educate your students about the brand.

Here you’ll find the documents needed to help complete the ReuseIT! section of the student workbook. 

Extended Careers Survey

Discover careers in print! Below you’ll find useful resources to help you understand the progression routes available, but also where to look and more information on apprenticeships.

More information about careers in print:

Job Websites

10 Companies. 10 Months. 1 Goal

The Duplo London Calling partners have come to together to raise money for PrintIT in the PassIT! fundraising campaign!

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Support the programme

We rely on industry support to make these programmes available and free for our schools. 

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Take a look at our other programme!

We’re encouraging schools to jump on board with both schools into industry programmes. Take a look at our MakeIT! wood and furniture programme to find out more – or if you’re already interested in both programmes, sign your school up today!

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