Printed.com's HR Manager, Catherine Boland

North East Digital Print Giant Wins Esteemed Founders4School Award

The rapidly expanding digital print firm Printed.com has been awarded the ‘Best Workplace Visit’ award by Founders4School as a result of the company’s dedication to inspiring positive career choices for students.

With a print facility in Cramlington and a head office in London, the company’s workforce has expanded from just four employees since its formation in 2011 to 100 in recent times and it believes its commitment to growth and providing first-class workplace opportunities for the talent of tomorrow is at the core of its success.

Founders4Schools, the brainchild of serial-entrepreneur & philanthropist, Sherry Coutu CBE, celebrated the educators and business leaders who have worked together to connect over 80,000 young people with its nationwide network of more than 30,000 business leaders at the recent awards ceremony in London.

The Founders4Schools Judges considered nominations drawn from thousands of educators, business leaders and local government partners who use F4S services to help young people understand the world of work they will enter after school.

Reacting to the North East company’s award, Printed.com’s HR Manager, Catherine Boland, who was present to collect the gong and is also an Enterprise advisor for the North East LEP, said: “Winning the award was amazing and recognition for all of the team members who take part in the initiatives Printed.com support.

“As we continue to grow we want to ensure we are developing a talent pipeline and build awareness of the many career opportunities at Printed.com in areas such as Tech, Finance, Pre-Press, Customer Service, Manufacturing, Sales, Marketing, Creative and much more.

“We have been employing apprentices for over 12 months now and currently have four print finishing apprentices. We are very proud of the links we have made with local schools, colleges, and the Universities.”

The company was nominated for the recent Founders4School award thanks to a workplace visit its hosted for the Newcastle based studio school Studio West and its students. The students were specially selected for the visit as they were considered to become NEETS (not in education, employment or training).

By allowing the students to visit a local business, Printed.com said it could inspire them to think of a career pathway they may not ordinarily have considered.

Having already developed a comprehensive work experience programme, Printed.com also delivers presentations at schools through the Esh Group, Building my skills programme, and regularly attends careers fairs offering workplace visits.

“I support Heaton Manor in my role as an Enterprise advisor for the North East LEP,” explains Catherine.

“I’m personally very passionate when it comes to developing supportive links between business and education and I’m committed to supporting the next generation in their transition from education to the workplace.”

Studio West, Business Engagement Manager, Sam McLoughlin, adds: “At Studio West, we believe that it is vital to our students future to connect their learning in the classroom to the world of work. We could not do this without the generosity of our business partners who give their time and expertise to guide the students.

“The team at Printed.com organised a great workplace visit for a group of students who would not have realised the variety of opportunities available in their region.”

As an e.commerce digital print platform, Printed.com offers a comprehensive range of printed products on a wide range of paper stocks in a vast array of finishes and sizes.

Founded in 2011 by Nick Green, the business is a service led company offering support to its customers when they are preparing artwork and the delivery of quality printed products, swiftly becoming one of the UK’s largest digital printing outlets.

For more information about the company visit www.printed.com.

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