YPS takes the lead
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Your Print Specialists (YPS) has been appointed as a learning partner at Studio West Newcastle after installing a laser-engraver and wide-format inkjet printer into the ‘project-based learning’ school.
The brand new school, which had its first intake of students in September 2014, is recruiting a number of businesses to provide work placement opportunities and real life projects across a variety of market sectors, with YPS set to mentor and provide the youngsters with an insight into the wide-format printing sector.
Based in Tyne-and-Wear, YPS has been delivering hardware, software, support and advice to screen printers, lithographers and digital print providers for many years.Managing Director, Garry Brown explained: “We’ve got a vast amount of knowledge within our team and we felt it would be worthwhile to work with a local educational institution and pass some of this on to young people. 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 to be involved.”
He continued: “We’ve just commissioned a Mimaki CJV30-130digital inkjet printer into Studio West for student use and have also installed an Epilog Laser Helix 18” x 24” engraver for the 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 enable them to explore concepts from design through to manufacturing.”
Studio West, which has been inspired by High Tech High in California, is more akin to a workplace than a school andaims to build confidence, team-working and communication skills for the 13 to 19 year olds.Principal Designate, Val Wigham observed that a vital part of this strategy is the involvement of external businesses. She said: “Partnering with businesses ensures that the students are working on relevant, real-life projects that will equip them with everything they’ll 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 most appropriate projects for their required learning experience and strengths.”
For further information on products and services at Your Print Specialists, visit: www.yourprintspecialists.co.uk or telephone 0191 2566889.