South Africa’s printing industry is working hard to help develop entrepreneurs who can “pay it forward” by employing others, according to Steve Thobela, CEO of industry body, Printing SA.The programme was piloted in 2016 with a total of 16 learners in Gauteng and is already bearing fruit in the industry with an additional 24 learners having graduated thus far in the Western Cape and Gauteng. Carrington Muliwa and George Mosako, are just two of the graduates of Printing SA’s Commercial Digital Printing Programme who have had success stories. Muliwa is also the 2017 bursary winner of a fully sponsored course by Printing SA.
Showing their contribution to the industry, Konica Minolta recently employed Brian Chauke, one of the graduates from the Printing SA Commercial Digital Printing programme. He will be participating in a 12-month long learnership as he passed their online assessment and progressed to their first interview process. Konica Minolta’s partnership with Printing SA began in 2014, when they both created and facilitated a comprehensive training programme for 20 female business owners.