The team at Treloar’s has been celebrating the 20th Anniversary of TreloarPrint, the in-house printing enterprise at the College!
TreloarPrint, the original Ian Karten Centre at Treloar College was set up in September 2001 thanks to generous funding from the Ian Karten Charitable Trust, to provide a real working environment for students. Since then, the enterprise has gone from strength to strength delivering 2,000 jobs per year, employing former students and supporting many others into work outside Treloar’s.
TreloarPrint can provide all manner of printed products, support with mail shots where appropriate and design artwork. Over the last 20 years the enterprise has amassed a strong supporter base and a great reputation with many clients working with them since the beginning.
“I have enjoyed using Treloar Print for many years as they are absolutely first class in not only the quality of print but in service from both the print technicians and the students that work there. Everyone is incredibly helpful and friendly.” Kate Davis
As well as providing a high quality print and design service, TreloarPrint allows students to gain work experience in a safe environment to enhance their work-based understanding, team working and problem solving. This supports students to go on to other work experience opportunities with confidence. Where TreloarPrint continues to employ ex-students of Treloar School and College these staff act as key role models for current students.
Whether acting as the receptionist for TreloarPrint, taking incoming calls from customers, preparing quotes and seeing a print job through to completion and delivery, students are actively engaged in a spectrum of job roles. During their time at TreloarPrint students develop communication and independence skills, literacy, ICT, numeracy, and other employability, practical and social skills.
These work experience opportunities both prepare them for life beyond Treloar’s at the same time as building their confidence and self-esteem as they put the skills they have learnt at Treloar’s into practice.
Aaron Dyer, former TreloarPrint work experience student, went on to gain employment in the local area. Since then his career has blossomed and he’s now back at Treloar’s in our Administration team. He said; “As a former student it’s wonderful to see TreloarPrint still thriving 20 years later providing a wide range of services to the local community.
The ‘real world’ work experience I gained as part of the initial group of students to access the equipment provided by the Ian Karten Network prepared me to access the workplace after leaving Treloar College in 2003.
I believe I would not have been able to return to work at Treloar’s as an Office Administrator if the IKC hadn’t been introduced in 2001.”
The TreloarPrint team can’t wait to see what the next 20 years bring, and would like to thank the Karten Network for so generously supporting the Centre in this time.
Happy 20 years to everyone involved in TreloarPrint!
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