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. Students design a print based product from start to finish.  They learn the skills needed and are educated on the career routes and apprenticeships available to them in the printing industries.

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Industry Support
Registered Schools
Registered Students
Competition Winners

Free career guides

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.

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!

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!

The PrintIT! 2015/16 programme

Student workbooks and resources

Curriculum mapped workbooks

Through curriculum mapped workbooks and scheme of work you will take your students through the designing of a product from start to finish. The 2015/16 programme is now open until October 2016, it takes about 6 to 8 weeks to complete. The workbooks contain activities to get students interested in the industry, tasks to show their understanding of processes and guides them through the competition. All workbooks are downloadable from our website upon registration. 

Access the printit! workbook & resources

School trips and competitions!

The first PrintIT! school trip and competition of the year was held at The Print Show 2015. Registered schools entered into The Print Show Mini Competition, which was the first of many to be ran across the course of the PrintIT! year. It encouraged students to be creative and bold with their designs, and was great way to get them thinking about the world of print!

Two registered schools with winning and runner up students in the competition, were invited to attend The Print Show. The schools were taken on guided tours of the show to meet a variety of print companies and watch demonstrations. After the tours the students were presented prizes for their achievements in the competition. The winner, Louis Wood from St Ives School was awarded a brand new laptop donated by The Print Show.

PrintIT! offer registered schools the chance to take up free school trip opportunities throughout the year. Stay tuned… we will be announcing the next one soon!

Find out more about The Print Show visit & competition
Browse photos from The Print Show

Supported proudly by the industry

A look back over last year’s programme

Watch the PrintIT! Awards 2015 video

The winners of the Tenth Annual PrintIT! Competition were announced at a packed awards ceremony held at Leicester College. Watch our exciting comic book themed awards video below to gain a better understanding of why PrintIT! benefits so many young people and the industry, and find out about the ‘Print Heroes’ that make this programme happen!

Highlights from the PrintIT! Awards

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

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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We rely on industry support to make the Schools into Industry programmes available and free for our schools – If you’re a Print, Paper or Packaging employer and would like to inspire the next generation, register your support today!

MakeIT! Furniture
MakeIT! Wood

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

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