Pro printers: Ricky Lillywhite and Phil Rowland - APN apprentices in printing press - have won two big industry awards.
Pro printers: Ricky Lillywhite and Phil Rowland - APN apprentices in printing press - have won two big industry awards. Sharyn Oneill

Pair's headlining earns award

RICKY Lillywhite and Phil Rowland are part of the dedicated APN team who put publications like The Morning Bulletin to bed.

While you're sleeping, Ricky, now an experienced printing machinist and Phil, a final-year apprentice, are working to meet nightly print deadlines.

“Some people think after the journalists have written the stories, the newspaper arrives at their doorstep,” Phil said.

Phil and Ricky's hard work has paid off.

Ricky has been named the Australian apprentice of the year for web printing and Phil won an award for excellence in web offset printing.

Phil, who started his career at The Morning Bulletin designing and creating ads, found the apprenticeship advertised in the paper and decided to give it a go.

Meanwhile, Ricky had never really heard about the trade but knew he wanted to pursue some type of apprenticeship.

“I'm a perfectionist and thought it would be a good opportunity,” he said.

The nightly job, which starts about 5 or 6pm and can go through to 5.30am, involves several stages before the final product is printed and ready to be distributed.

Phil said the diverse and challenging behind-the-scenes job incorporated setting the rollers, making plates and loading reels of paper into a tower, which all part of the process of getting ink to paper.

“We all move around. Maintenance is a big part of the job and we rely on the editorial department (at each news room) to have their copy to us on time,” Phil said.

“It's challenging but rewarding to see the end product.”

Phil said there were also at least two people setting the ink.

He said two separate runs (maximum of 48 pages a run) of The Morning Bulletin alone, took about four hours in total.

Phil, who won his award through the Southbank Institute of Technology, topped his theory class and had impressive skills in sheet fed press.

Ricky on the other hand won his award through the Single Width Users Group, up against web printers all over Australia.

“I think you're competing against yourself to put the best product out you possibly can. It's very rewarding,” Ricky said.

 

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Rural Weekly

Rockhampton Fitzroy News

Capricorn Coast Mirror

The Gladstone Observer

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Central Telegraph

Blackwater Herald

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