Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology’s (MITT) Graphic and Print Technician (GPTech) program not only provides students a learning experience which spans the continuum from design to ship-ready product; it also gets them hands-on experience with bona fide industry tools, including a large-format printer which Hamilton says is “in huge demand” these days. This is especially important in Manitoba, where printing nets a billion dollars in annual revenue and employs more than 4,000 people.
Like all programs at MITT, GPTech benefits from a close collaboration with industry partners to ensure qualified graduates have the skills necessary for careers in this high-demand profession. It is because of such a partnership between MITT, the Manitoba Print Industry, and Western Economic Diversification that GPTech students learn in the most advanced print production lab in an educational setting in Western Canada and work directly with industry to prototype innovative new products and processes for the Manitoba print sector.
Those skills bridge into the workforce through yet another facet of MITT’s close collaboration with industry: work practicum and co-op experiences. Hamilton says several candidates each year from her program end up with job offers, including from some of the largest and most successful printers in the province, many of whom export their finished products to the US and around the world.
Watch a video about the program here.