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Tom Bowtell Abigail Corsie Wayne Barlowhr

The inaugural PrintIT! Scotland Awards Ceremony took place on the afternoon of the 12th November in the Banqueting Suite of South Lanarkshire Council, and named Abigail Corsie from Kinross High School in Perthshire as the overall winner of the first PrintIT! Scotland 2010 competition.

Following the success of its English counterpart, now in its sixth year, PrintIT! Scotland was launched in January 2010. Drawing together a host of industry figures, print professionals and finalist schools, the PrintIT! Scotland Awards celebrated the hard work and achievements of the thousands of students who took part in the new initiative. During the event, Abigail received praise for her entry to the ‘Best Table Talker’ category, and was awarded a an iPad and FujiFilm digital camera for her outstanding submission as well as a Duplo trimmer for her school.

PrintIT! Scotland is designed to raise the profile of the printing industry and attract young people to consider a career in print. The industry-funded educational initiative driven by sector skills council, Proskills worked in collaboration with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) to make the competition available to Standard Grade, Intermediate 1 and 2 Graphic Communication students.

Dr Janet Brown, SQA Chief Executive says, “SQA is delighted to sponsor the inaugural PrintIT! Scotland Awards, in partnership with Proskills. SQA is committed to working with industry, schools and employers to provide high quality, flexible and relevant qualifications. This competition is a great example of how working together we can help young people develop skills for life, learning and work.

"I'd like to congratulate all those who entered the PrintIT! Scotland competition and particularly to those who made it through to the awards ceremony, well done. You should take enormous pride in your achievements.”

Following a thorough judging process which shone a light on the talent of young people throughout Scotland, shortlisted students were invited to attend the exclusive awards ceremony held in the Banqueting Suite at South Lanarkshire Council. During the event six students were awarded prizes as category winners including ‘Best Wall Poster’ and ‘Best Design Process’.

Tom Bowtell, General Manager of Proskills congratulated all of the finalists of PrintIT! Scotland and commented on the importance of the competition for the future of the print industry, “As the first ever PrintIT! Scotland Awards Ceremony we have been impressed by the exceptional skills displayed by the students involved. Extending the PrintIT! competition into Scotland was a big step for Proskills, but it’s one we are glad to have taken because we have unearthed genuine talent here.”

Tom continued, “Selecting one winner from the countless fantastic entries we received was always going to be a challenge. In the end our judges chose a workbook which stood out as having demonstrated exceptional skill, inventiveness and understanding of print techniques.”

Other top prize winners included Graeme High School, Stirlingshire which was awarded ‘Best Overall Teaching & School Result’. Given the title for the tremendous effort demonstrated by all of its students, Graeme High School, and its technology teacher Julie Todd, contributed a staggering eight finalists in the competition, three of whom walked away with awards.

Terry Watts, Chief Executive of Proskills, concludes, “In England PrintIT! has proved to be a uniting force for the print industry, and after the display of talent put on show in Scotland we have no doubt that PrintIT! Scotland will have the same effect here.

“The first PrintIT! Scotland Awards were a massive success and enjoyed by everyone in attendance. One of PrintIT!’s biggest accomplishments is the genuine enthusiasm the students gain for print, and when key figures from the industry see this enthusiasm at the awards, their positive reaction spreads optimism through the entire community. Finally I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Scottish print industry, the Scottish Qualifications Authority, South Lanarkshire Council for their support in making this event happen.”

All eight category winning students were presented with a Fujifilm digital camera and their schools were gifted print-related equipment for their Design & Technology departments.