As part of Antalis’ ongoing commitment to provide a hub of information, live demonstrations and training to those looking to expand their Digital print offering, the company has announced its 2017 programme of Digital Academy workshops.
The Academy now covers a 25 different workshops, providing training and an opportunity to upskill via a range of courses from Vehicle Wrapping and Packaging Mock-ups, to Colour Management and Screen Print Film Separations.
Places are still available for the February workshops which include Static Control in Digital Print and Intro to Vehicle Wrapping. In addition, a brand new course, Laminating and Finishing, launches on 14th February in Coalville, Leicestershire, where the Digital Academy is based. It is aimed at companies who are looking at installing large format laminators and will need to maximise the effectiveness and productivity of this equipment.
Other workshops in development for 2017 include textile printing, interior decorations and wallpapers. Also on the horizon are additional RIP software and colour management courses to assist those who are running large format printers and need to guarantee consistency and quality on every job.
Giles Bristow, Antalis’ Digital Support Manager said, “in the past, printers have shied away from venturing into these growth areas as they may have lacked the know-how or the means to acquire the required technology. Now though, with new accessible and affordable technologies arriving on the scene, our aim is to take that next step and commission our industry experts to teach them how to do it, sharing those invaluable tricks of the trade.”
The Digital Academy’s most popular workshop continues to be Colour Management, followed by Signmaking and Vehicle Wrapping. Since the Academy launched, there have been pop-up workshops across the UK and Ireland, including Leeds, Livingstone, Norwich and Plymouth, as well as in Dublin. For 2017, there are plans to take the Academy to Belfast in April and host return visits to Bristol in February and Dartford in March. The Digital Academy team will also be presenting seminars on colour management at PrintWeekLive! and Sign & Digital UK, both in March.
With Antalis keen to promote careers in the industry, the resources of the Digital Academy are also available to students of Leicester College. Last year, a group of the college’s students were given the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of colour management by attending the workshop free of charge. For 2017, the partnership continues and free spaces are available on each and every course.
For further workshop dates and availability, visit the Digital Academy website: digital2business.co.uk/digital-academy.
Pictured: Tutor Paul Hughes hosting the Intro to Large Format Market, Printers and Applications workshop