Ovato Operations Manager Craig Harrison and his team were “ecstatic” to be named Training Company of the Year at the PrintNZ Pride in Print awards.
“That is something we’ve been aiming for, for a long time,” he said.
Ovato Managing Director Simon Ellis said the award was “great recognition”.
“We also do a lot of other training outside the apprentice training as well,” he said.
“So at the moment we’ve been running advanced courses for a lot of the blue-collar workers where English is a second language, we’ve added that to our training programme and we’ve got really good results from it. It is all about the people.
“As the workforce ages, we need to be in a position to fill the gaps created by experienced operators leaving the industry. Having a full training programme in place, along with opportunities to continually develop further, also means the retention of key staff is more likely over a longer period of time – our staff turnover in these areas is very low.”
Mr Harrison was pleased that Ovato also won the Pride in Print Innovation Award for a second time.
“We had that two years ago. It is something we strive for – we look to be innovative, talk to our customers about what they need, what we can do for them and how they can benefit in their promotional activities, and we work with them.
“Gold Medals are what we do day in, day out and we can do that – but when you win the exclusive ones, I love it.”
Photo: Tony Reid, Ovato, Training Company of the Year
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