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Where Do You Get Your Print Industry Learning?

We hear from printing companies that they have trouble finding new staff that are already trained and ready-to-go. We hear from vendors that they have the same problem. It isn’t a new problem! It has been with us for decades, but the problem grew as we emerged from pandemic restrictions. Not only is it hard to hire experienced people, but it is hard to train people inside your four walls because many subject matter experts are either overwhelmed with their jobs or they are plotting their retirement. Let’s talk about paths to an educated workforce.


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About Pat McGrew

Pat is a well-known evangelist for inkjet productivity. At McGrew Group, she uses her decades technical and marketing experience to lead the industry toward optimized business processes and production workflows. She has helped companies to define their five-year plans, audited workflow processes, and developed sales team interventions and education programs. Pat is the Co-Author of 8 industry books, editor of A Guide to the Electronic Document Body of Knowledge, and a regular contributor to Inkjet Insight and WhatTheyThink.com.


By HARVEY LEVENSON on May 16, 2023

Pat McGrew is right on in her article: “Where Do You Get Your Print Industry Learning?”

This is precisely why John Parsons and I coauthored the interactive book, Introduction to Graphic Communication (www.igcbook.com). It’s sort of like a live training department or classroom between two covers with about three hundred videos, and presentations by some of the industries leading authorities on training topics for those new to the industry—all in a PRINTED book. It was first published right before the pandemic. However, it sure saved many graphic arts education programs that had to start teaching online. And, it provided the industry with quick training of new employees knowing little about the industry, but had to work from home. Interestingly, with the pandemic in the “rearview mirror,” schools have continued online teaching, along with in classroom teaching, and industry continues to have the need for rapid training of new employees while its experienced staff must stay focused on their individual jobs. Introduction to Graphic Communication may be the answer for printers, vendors, students, and others seeking rapid education and training in printing technology, management, workflow, and professes. Anyone interested in a free book syllabus need simply contact the publisher: [email protected]



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