Local talent for Peterborough print firms

January 18, 2010 by  

In March last year a group of year nine students achieved recognition after entering the Fair Trade PrintIT competition. The students, from the Thomas Deacon Academy in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, were shortlisted for the ‘Best Overall School Effort’ award.

The Thomas Deacon Academy opened in September 2007 and was the largest school created under the Government’s Academy Programme. The Academy encourages positive attitudes towards conservation and fair trade.

The students, Tooba, Rosie, Tom and Ellis, created their entry under the supervision of their Graphics Products teacher Mr. Ricardo Arbelaez. The team had to travel to London to attend the ‘Oscar Style’ awards event which took place at the Royal Stationers’ Hall.

The whole team waited with baited breath as other category winners were announced, and stepped forwards to collect their awards. Then came the exciting moment as Deacon Academy were announced as the winners of their category. A delighted team collected the prestigious award from creative director of GVMC Design, Mr. Nick Vince and chairman of the British Association for Print and Communication, Mr. Sidney Bobb.

Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, sent his congratulations to all the winners of PrintIT! 2008-2009 awards and praised PrintIT for its engagement with young people and industry. He said:

“It is a fantastic achievement to get so many young people involved in an initiative like this.”

Print companies in Peterborough should benefit in the future from such talent when they are seeking young people to join their businesses.