Karnataka Offset Printers Association (KOPA) and The Offset Printers Technology Trust (TOPTET) have set up a training centre at the Rajajinagar industrial town. The training centre is housed in the institution of Offset Printers Technology Center (TOPTEC).
A Balachandra of Rajhans during his tenure as president of KOPA, had established the Toptec institute. The training centre imparts training programs in pre-press, press and post-press segments. The facility has entirely been funded by the members of TOPTET.
The training facility, which began its operation from August 2014, has completed three batches in pre-press and one batch in press segment.
The new batch for the press segment will commence from the first week of August, and for pre-press from 16 July onwards. “The training programs will be conducted every month, August onwards, depending on the number of applicants,” informed the training division of Toptec team.
The technical training team said, “There is a shortage of skilled workforce in the printing industry. To cope with this problem KOPA and TOPTET has initiated the training centre. The aim is to train the workforce in the nitty gritty of printing.”
The centre is equipped with printing and cutting machines, among others to provide hands-on training for the workforce. The focus is to get them employed in the press unit of KOPA members.
A special committee had been formed to create the curriculum, which would be suited for all stream types. “The training module is finalised to suit the candidates who want to hone the skills in the field of offset printing. KOPA and TOPTET do not charge any fee from the candidates who enrol,” informed a TOPTEC official. He added, ”On-the-job training at the computer-to-plate (CTP) machine along with pre-press software is provided at the centre.”
The curriculum covers the basics of various printing process like offset, gravure, flexography. In pre-press along with the fundamentals in-depth applications of software, colour management and maintenance is also covered.
A twelfth-grade pass can avail this training for a period of four months; whereas for two months practical training at designated presses is provided. After completion of training, a certificate is issued.
When PrintWeek India had visited the centre a year ago, A Balachandra had said, “Apart from the technical training, the centre also conducts communication and personality development sessions. Also, guest lecturers from industry experts have been arranged on various topics in the curriculum. KOPA and TOPTET host technical seminars about the latest development in the print industry.”