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Education: It’s Not Just for Students

(July 2009) posted on Tue Aug 25, 2009

Shop owners who come up with excuses to avoid spending the time or money to properly educate their employees are typically the first to blame their workers for mistakes and lapses in productivity. This article discusses the reasons why you should educate your staff and offers several resources for training.


By Mike Ukena

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The key reason for business education is to make your company more productive. Higher production means lower costs, fewer mistakes, and more profit. It may even give you the confidence to take on jobs that you used to turn away. One of the nicest things a customer ever said to me was that he never felt comfortable taking polyester jobs before he attended one of my classes. Since then, he’s made that kind of work more than 25% of his business—and it is all new business. That is what education is all about.

Remember that every job you turn away goes to a competitor. And every job you mess up probably goes elsewhere the next time that customer needs something. Therefore, shop owners and managers who have been burned badly by a lack of knowledge are a little more open to the idea that they, at least, need some help. On the other hand, owners and managers who maintain a strong, proactive, and progressive attitude about education see its value and benefits time and time again.

 

Education and Training Resources for Screen Printers

 

Association for Graphic Arts Training

www.agatweb.org

 

Coudray Graphic Technologies

www.coudrayserigraphics.com

 

Fujifilm Sericol, Inc.

www.sericol.com

 

Graphic Communications Institute Cal Poly State University

www.grci.calpoly.edu

 

International Graphic Arts Education Association

www.igaea.org

 

International Reprographic Association

www.irga.com

 

Lawson Screen & Digital Products, Inc.

www.lawsonsp.com

 

M&R Sales & Service, Inc.

www.mrprint.com

 

MacDougall Screen Printing Ltd.

www.squeegeeville.com

 

PDS Consulting

www.pdsconsulting.co.uk

 

Saati

www.saatiprint.com

 

Midwest Sign and Screen Printing Supply Co.

www.midwestsignandscreen.com

 

Nazdar

www.nazdar.com

 

Nor-Cote Int’l, Inc.

www.norcote.com

 

Printa Systems, Inc.

www.printa.com

 

Rochester Institute of Technology

www.rit.edu

 

Rutland Plastic Technologies, Inc.

www.rutlandinc.com

 

Santa Fe Workshops

www.santafeworkshops.com

 

Screen Printing Technical Foundation

www.sgia.org/sptf

 

Sefar Printing Solutions, Inc.

www.sefar.us

 

School of Screenprinting

www.schoolofscreenprinting.com

 

Specialty Graphic Imaging Association

www.sgia.org

 

Thieme Corp.

www.thieme-products.com

 

Vastex Int’l

www.vastex.com

 

Wild Side North Inc.

www.wildsidenorth.com

 

Mike Ukena is a 22-year screen-printing veteran who has owned a textile-printing company and worked in technical services for the SGIA as the director of education. A member of the Academy of Screen Printing Technology, Ukena is a frequent speaker on technical and management topics at industry events. He is currently a technical-sales representative for Union Ink Co., Inc.

 


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