Amicus the Union

Amicus the Union

March 01, 2007 11:17 ET

Amicus announces funding for 2007 print educational scholarships

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - March 01, 2007) - Amicus joins the BPIF and PCC to double scholarships available for young people this year.

Amicus, the union for graphical, paper, packaging, publishing and media workers has announced it is to back the annual Educational Scholarships scheme founded by the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) and the Printers' Charitable Corporation (PCC) four years ago in a move that will see the number of scholarships on offer doubled in this year.

The union's graphical, paper & media branches are providing funds that will increase the Pounds Sterling 2500 bursaries from six to twelve this year. Amicus is also lending its support to wider information and publicity amongst its membership which will see the number of applicants increase from young people already working in the industry but who need funding for on-going education and training. Amicus will also contribute to the administrative costs of the scheme and an Amicus official will sit on the judging panel.

Amicus' Assistant General Secretary, Tony Burke, said: "We are pleased that Amicus GPM Branches' have agreed to fund the programme. Anything that helps young people in the graphical industry to attain better skills, or helps them in their work or studies is definitely something our union wishes to be associated with."

Amicus National Officer Steve Sibbald said: "Amicus has been heavily involved in education and training for young people and we are very keen to work with the BPIF and PCC. The industry needs to do everything it can to attract and encourage young, talented people who can add real value."

Michael Johnson BPIF Chief Executive welcomed the move. He says: "These scholarships will encourage talented young people to come to and remain on the industry whilst further developing their skills. By making this additional contribution Amicus, the PCC and BPIF together can boost the talent base and enthusiasm available to the sector. This is a further demonstration of Amicus' contribution to training which we full recognise."

For the PCC, Director Stephen Gilbert added: "The opportunity to increase the number of scholarships on offer is an exciting one and we are most grateful for this additional support."

The extended Scholarship Scheme comprising 12 awards of Pounds Sterling 2500 each are open to all young people aged 16-30 who are resident in the UK and who plan a career in the UK printing and graphic arts industries.

Applications are made in writing and a shortlist is then invited for interview. Winners in the past three years have included students on established print and print management courses, graphic design students, employees of family owned print businesses, prepress specialists, PhD students and a young mother who needed help with childcare to enable her to continue her studies.

Winners have chosen to spend their award in a variety of ways including course fees, travel costs for study tours, books and computers and software. Entries for this year close on 31 April 2007 with judging taking place in late May and the presentation of the awards in early July.

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NOTES:

1. For more information or an application form for the Scholarships and the work of the PCC please contact Terry Ulrick on 01444 831918 or 07850 105027. Alternatively send an email to terryulrick@tucommunications.co.uk

2. More details about the work of the BPIF is available from Charlotte Locks-Moro on 020 7915 8334 or by visiting www.britishprint.com

Contact Information

  • Amicus National Officer
    Steve Sibbald
    0207 505 3000
    or
    Amicus Press Office
    Ashraf Choudhury
    0207 420 8914 or 07980 224761