The YPS Your Print Institute is an initiative designed to help commercial printers, sign makers, designers, creatives and crafters gain skills that allow them to harness their talents and help them get saleable products to market.
It brings together communities of creative individuals through local resource centres that enable and support digital print making.
This makes YPS the first printer and software provider in this industry to provide comprehensive vocational training to help create a saleable end product from design to print and manufacture. As part of the launch of Your Print Institute, YPS has also recently launched the Business in a Box solution, which is an exclusive bundle at an affordable price. These bundles can be designed to suit customers’ specific needs and includes an Epson SC-F500 printer, heat press, sewing machine and starter pack of consumables from just £2,250 plus VAT.
Your Print Institute is a unique opportunity for everyone in the industry, from technical and application experts, manufacturers and suppliers to come together with end users, home-workers and students to share knowledge, experience and expertise. This will help creatives and small businesses looking to get involved in digital print the ability to accelerate ideas, to connect with key personnel and share resource and knowledge to help them get their creative businesses up and running.
YPS believes there is a gap in the print industry for entrepreneurs trying to start a new business, existing business owners wanting to add revenue streams to their current offerings and designers wanting to get product to market. There are also many established businesses that would like to take advantage of the digital print revolution, but don’t have the skills and resources or a clear understanding of where to get them. The Your Print Institute initiative offers training courses, workshops and vocational education, to help students learn more about important developing technologies and how they can be used to enhance their career and business opportunities.
Georgia Brown Sales Director of YPS says, “We think it is vitally important to help creatives coming into our industry to have access to the best information and resources to help them make the best choices and have the right skills to succeed. We are bringing together the leading players in many areas of digital printing technology, including textiles and upholstery, giftware, crafters, signage, fine art reproductions and high end photography to inspire our students and help them embark on digital print making projects with confidence.”
She continues, “We want to help people enhance their business with new skill sets, create new revenue streams, start a new business and gain portable skills to make them more employable. In recent years, the digital print revolution has created a skills gap and YPI offers the chance to fill this gap and create employment. YPS has the experience, training courses industry ambassadors and portfolio of products to enable new printmaking revenue streams.”
At each Your Print Institute there will be a range of training courses designed to meet the needs of those wishing to get the most from digital printing. “We are working hard to ensure the first YPI location in Newcastle meets all the requirements for Covid-19. When appropriate, we will be able to run training courses, demonstrations and workshops from here. Other Institutes will soon be opening at Manchester and London, with more in the pipeline,” adds Georgia.
YPS is aiming to run courses across a broad section of equipment, markets and skills. They will include:
● Epson introductory print sublimation course.
● Solvent and Graphic Large format Print and cut course
● Wallpaper print and design course.
● UV Print and promotional product course.
● Printer maintenance training course.
● Colour Management software training.
● Soft furnishing and sewing course.
These entry level courses will introduce students to the basic requirements of software and digital print including housekeeping and printer maintenance. All course fees are redeemable against any future purchase.
“Our courses are designed to enable the attendees to manufacture saleable product and help them to learn essential new skills,” says Georgia. She concludes, “We want to make sure our new students have the confidence to print and produce their products and have all the associated skills required to help ensure they are successful and profitable. We want to play a full and active role in the creative community and make YPS the industry’s ‘go to’ learning partner.”