Christchurch apprentice in final for PrintNZ's top award

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Jordan Godsiff who works at Stuff's Christchurch print centre, has been named reelfed apprentice of the year at a graduation ceremony held by PrintNZ in the city.

At the same time, Phillip Ost, of NZME Print Auckland has been announced as a finalist in the 'trainer of the year' competition with his employer a finalist for training company of the year.

At the Fairfax Media unit in Christchurch - responsible for production of flagship daily The Press - print manager Jason Laine says having worked closely with Jordan Godsiff over a number of years, he "cannot fault him as a person or as a printer".

With an "extremely bright future" ahead, Godsiff's mechanical skills see him as an asset, not only in print, but also in publishing and maintenance departments also, and he is always keen to advance his knowledge. "From day one, Jordan's level of work has been outstanding," he says.

Godsiff says has progressively evolved through roles with The Press from school, and says he was attracted back to the sector in 2013 after a five-year hiatus predominantly through "pride in work of producing something from nothing". He loves all aspects of printing and publishing/circulation, and says it was humbling to be named reelfed apprentice of the year after having won the individual apprentice award.

"I still feel I have a lot to learn and do not rate myself beside co-workers who have been in the industry combined more than 60 years. They have so much knowledge and I wish to attain as much from them as I can, to make it to their level."

Now looking to further his studies with a Diploma in Print Management, Jordan Godsiff says he is interested in learning a different form of printing in future such as heatset or sheetfed.

Graduation Ceremonies were held by Print NZ in Christchurch and Auckland, with sector apprentice awards bestowed for the first time. Other categoriues included sheetfed, packaging, binding and finishing, and digital print, as well as to the diploma student of the year. Overall print apprentice of the year - selected from the sector winners - and the trainer and training company awards will be announced at the Pride In Print Awards in Auckland on May 11.

Pictured: Jordan Godsiff (centre) with PrintNZ general manager Ruth Cobb and David Jack of award sponsor Trust4Skills

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