Installing a laser engraver and wide-format inkjet printer into a project-based learning school has led Your Print Specialists (YPS) to be appointed as a learning partner.
Studio West Newcastle, which had its first intake of students in September last year, is recruiting a number of businesses to provide work placement opportunities and real life projects across a variety of market sectors.
YPS is set to mentor and give the youngsters insight into the wide-format printing industry.
Managing director, Garry Brown explained: “We’ve got a vast amount of knowledge within our team at YPS and we felt it would be worthwhile to work with a local educational institution and pass some of this on to young people to try to do our bit to preserve the future of print.
“We feel the pioneering curriculum at Studio West is a wonderful way to teach students practical skills as well as academic subjects and we’re really excited about having the opportunity to be involved.”
Mr Brown explains how YPS came to be involved with the ground-breaking school: “We’ve just commissioned a Mimaki CJV30-130 digital inkjet printer into Studio West for student use. In addition to providing a printing setup, we have also installed an Epilog Laser Helix 18x24in engraver, which facilitates engraving of wood, plastics, acrylics and stone as well as many other substrates. Kit like this will really give the students a hands-on opportunity and allow them to explore concepts from design through to manufacturing.”
Studio West aims to build confidence, team-working and communication skills for 13 to 19 year olds by combining subjects together into project-based learning and implementing new teaching methods.
Working closely with external businesses is crucial to the success of the projects.Principal designate, Val Wigham adds: “Having businesses partnering with Studio West ensures the students are working on relevant, real-life projects that will equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to move onto an apprenticeship, employment or university. By working with businesses from a wide selection of industries we can match students to the projects appropriate for their required learning experience and strengths.”