Royal approval for Crawley printing charity

HRH the Duke of York, Prince Andrew at the 188th annual luncheon of The Printing Charity based in Three Bridges - photo by Ray Schram
HRH the Duke of York, Prince Andrew at the 188th annual luncheon of The Printing Charity based in Three Bridges - photo by Ray Schram

HRH The Duke of York was guest of honour at the 188th annual luncheon of Three Bridges based The Printing Charity.

On November 5 Prince Andrew highlighted the importance of apprenticeships and congratulated the charity on its work helping people in difficulty, as well as young people coming into the printing industry to develop the skills they need.

Speaking at the event, The Duke of York said: “Printing is part of life, but it requires skills. Thank you to everyone here today for the work you do to raise the printing industry’s profile and encourage young people to become skilled.”

The Printing Charity’s Chairman, Jon Wright, announced that in 2015, the year the charity is marking the 150th anniversary of the granting of its first Royal Charter by Queen Victoria, it will help over 1,000 people. He outlined how the charity will achieve this through its financial grants programme, its two sheltered homes, initiatives such as the Print Futures Awards, and partnerships with other charities and organisations.

Jon Wright said: “Our work is also focused on apprenticeships. This includes helping to fund a teacher’s resource pack promoting apprenticeships to 15-18 year olds. In 2016, as part of the print industry led apprenticeship trailblazer, the charity will be assisting apprentices with costs associated with their study.”

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