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Training and Careers

Below is a list of resources relating to organisations, courses and colleges related to promoting our industry to schools or training which will assist those considering a career in our industry, or further develop skills for those already employed in the industry. 


The list is purely based on the knowledge of GPMA members and is not a recommendation.  If you feel you should have your course added to the list, please do contact the GPMA secretary at




















































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Independent Print Industries Association. Courses are designed to help companies develop their sales and marketing execution and to support business planning and strategy.

Leicester College. Print at Leicester College combines both the traditional manufacturing processes alongside current state-of-the-art practices.

London College of Communications. The LCC experience is all about learning by doing. As an LCC student you'll get your hands dirty and develop your creative skills in outstanding technical spaces.

Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating. One of the world's leading centres for research and development of printing and coating processes. The WCPC has expertise in screen, flexographic, lithographic, rotogravure, digital and pad printing. In addition the WCPC also has experience in the modelling of the print process, using techniques such as finite element, finite difference and statistical and neural networks.

BPIF.  Provide training and qualifications at all levels so staff can realise their true potential, and fill any skills gap in business. BPIF believe the future of the industry depends on the quality of the people working within it.

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Rising Star Awards. The annual Rising Star Awards from the Printing Charity provide funding of up to £1,500 for people working in print, publishing, packaging and graphic arts to invest in training and development to accelerate their career development and shine.

The Stationers Bursary. The Foundation offers up to 12 Bursaries each year to postgraduate students on specific courses that support entry to and progression in the Communication and Content industries. Successful students will each receive a bursary of £9,000 and will be offered the opportunity to receive mentoring during their studies from an appropriate member of the Stationers’ Company, taking into account the specific interests of the student.

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Flexographic Industry Association UK.  FIAUK’s online, e-learning training Academy is a modular low cost training solution supporting the entire flexographic supply chain from packaging designers, reprographic companies to printers and brand owners. Written for the industry by the industry and nationally recognised!

To complement the FIAUK Academy online training programme, students are invited to hands-on training to boost their skills, kindly provided by FIAUK printer and supplier partners.

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BCF. The BCF offers a suite of over 60 distance learning technical coatings training modules, with over 4 levels of difficulty as part of the Coatings Training Institute. Significant discounts are available for employees of BCF member companies.


Shine School Media Awards. The Shine School Media Awards is a competition for secondary schools to produce a school magazine, newspaper, newsletter, digital edition or website.

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