WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT

Americas Print Show and the print industry has a keen eye on tomorrow’s workforce. The labor pool is tight everywhere, but print has a long history of facing the daunting challenge of attracting and retaining a workforce that replenishes the aging-out journeyman and skilled talent. Our goal is to bring resources, ideas, education, and thought leadership together to address the critical need for workforce development.

This is an outstanding program that will shape the future of print. APS22’s Workforce Summit will span the three days of the show and focus on introducing students, veterans, second chance groups, and people with disabilities to the variety of career opportunities in print. As a premier national industry trade show, APS22 is uniquely positioned to positively impact many of print industry businesses through these connections.

HIRE THE NEXT GENERATION

APS22 has even dedicated a large space at the show, the WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AREA, for employer-candidate interaction, including sessions of Speed Dating! This energized format will give candidates and those interested in exploring careers in print an opportunity to learn more about print from a wide range of print professionals… 5 minutes and rotate!

The Summit kicks off on August 17th with a hosted lunch and print industry panel discussion. The schedule includes a full range of activities, breakout sessions, hosted roundtables, candidate/employer speed dating sessions, a tour of a Columbus print show, and more!

Candidates are welcome to attend the full APS22 three-day show and educational sessions, but August 17 is a full day of activities set aside just for the Workforce Development Summit. Bring your resumes. Bring your business cards.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022 Agenda

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT  LUNCH & PANEL DISCUSSION

Rooms B – 130, 131

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

SPEED DATING

6 meets / 5 min. ea.

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

CAREER ROUNDTABLES

TBD

Thursday, August 18, 2022 Agenda

10:00 AM

MEET & GREET

Students are invited to meet in the Workforce Development Area to meet face-to-face with representatives from companies at the show. There is over 200,000 square feet of show floor for students, educators and their families to learn more about the many opportunities in the printing industry:

  • Screen and Garment Producers
  • Commercial Printers
  • Large Format and Sign Printers
  • Binderies and Graphic Finishers
  • Industry Suppliers

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM

SPEED DATING

6 meets / 5 min. ea.; Ask them to get to know each other, exchange contact info, and find a takeaway they’ll remember about the other person.

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM

NETWORKING / BREAK

Resume sharing and collection

1:00 PM

FACILITY TOUR

Students and talent are invited to join a facility tour at Hopkins Printing Company. Transportation to and from the tour will be provided.

For students that attend, there is a limited number of $50 stipends to help with transportation costs to get to the show that will be given away.

RSVP INFO – we need to know: 1) school name, 2) primary contact name and email address, 3) number of students attending.

Send your RSVP to contact@pgsf.org

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

BREAKOUT: CANDIDATE SESSIONS

TBD
Open discussion

BREAKOUT: EMPLOYER SESSIONS

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

SPEED DATING

6 meets / 5 min. ea

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

CAREER ROUNDTABLES

Topic focused roundtables that candidates can join and learn more about the career path and skills needed. Perhaps each has 15 minutes to provide a topic overview and answer questions, allowing candidates to rotate 3-4 times. Pre-register so we know how to plan for the most popular topics.

  • Technical
    • Printing
    • Lettershop/Bindery
    • Specialty Services
    • IT / Data Management
  • Creative / Graphic Design Solutions
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Scheduling
  • Estimating / Cost Structuring

Logistics and Administrative

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM

CLOSING REMARKS

The Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) team along with Graphic Communication Workforce Coalition members, OEMS, regional educators and employers are engaged in the Workforce Summit. APS22 will highlight scholarships, direct-to-work and other training opportunities to draw in new talent. PGSF is also collaborating with their partners to send personal invitations to students to attend and participate.

APS22 will also be inviting the leading technical schools and colleges with graphics programs across the country to participate at no cost.

"PGSF is thrilled that Americas Print Show is putting the spotlight on our future workforce. There is such a need to elevate this critical industry pain-point and give it a national focus. We know there are young people along with an existing labor pool who will be excited at the opportunities – it is a matter of connecting with them and opening their minds to the diverse positions and educational options to develop a career in print."

Jules VanSant, Chair and Panel Discussion Leader, PGSF

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August 17 - 19, 2022