Speed Meet; a success for young artisan!

24 year old, Marvin Smith from Honey Hill, Constancia Kloof in Gauteng was recently part of Printing SA, in collaboration with FESPA’s, first ever “Speed meet your artisan” which took place recently / while back, as part of the Jamboree Week of Print.

“Speed meet your artisan” was a unique speed interviewing event in which 13 successful students from the Printing SA digital programme, as well as 5 apprentices from the 2015 TT1 block, were introduced to prospective employers.

Smith attended Abbotts College in Northcliff, matriculating in 2010 and then went on to gain work experience at AD Outpost as a Print Operator where he remained for 4 years before interning at Mandlamate Pty Ltd/ Queendom Solutions.

Although Smith has qualifications in both Graphic Design and Sound Engineering, he had a keen interest in the trade industry and that of print, and thus, pursued the Printing SA digital programme through the encouragement of a friend. Through his participation in this programme, he was then able to become a part of the interview event with the opportunity to meet a number of potential employers who were impressed with his enthusiasm.

Overall, Smith was the top performing candidate and received an employment contract by André Thirion, the Managing Director of Corpnet Design and started as a Print Operator at the end of September, where he is responsible for ensuring all prints are printed correctly.

“I found the Printing SA course helpful because it took me more in depth as to how printers work and explained the reasons why it works in those specific ways,” Smith commented.

For him, this career has really opened up his eyes to this industry that so many people are unaware of. “I would advise youth to take up in this career, it is fun and it allows you to learn a lot. Every day you will learn something new as technology is fast growing but do not forget that it is hard work and you may have to work late nights and early mornings to push out work, but it is also so rewarding. It is really a great field to work in, “ he added.