A key element of PrintIT! is the Twinning Scheme. A link to a local printer, paper merchant or related company will be supplied to all registered school. Teachers will contact the company in order to arrange either an onsite visit to a real life print or paper related site or a visit from an employer to the school. Students will gain first-hand understanding of the best features of today’s printing and print related industries.
The link to an employer will be determined by the school postcode. We will look for a company that is close to your school. Please feel free to find your own organisation to engage with.
We cannot guarantee that an employer will be available to twin, we can only guarantee that the employer has expressed an interest in taking part in the PrintIT! Twinning Scheme. Input from an employer is strictly voluntary.
When will I know if I have been twinned with a local print company?A link to an employer will be sent to you soon after you have registered to participate in the PrintIT! project. If you have done PrintIT! before and you were successfully twinned last year, please re-contact that company.
Will they contact me or do I make the initial contact?You will be supplied with contact details. It is up to you to contact your twinning partner and arrange the visit.
What support can I expect the twinning company to give?The extent of input from the twinner will be determined by your mutual agreement. You may be happy to arrange a telephone conversation, a site visit for the students, a visit to your school. We would hope that the company would be willing to release at least one person to visit your school to deliver a talk about life in the industry, help with understanding work-flows and processes and guidance with competition work. The twinning company will have access to downloads from our website and will have other general information, but if you have a very specific topic you would like them to cover you must raise this before the visit!
We encourage twinning companies to keep their links with the school and we understand that a visit to a printing company is an invaluable experience.