As the printing and converting industry continues to experience the well-known gap in its workforce it is more important than ever that the industry come together to develop new ideas and concepts to create a strong channel of incoming talent. TLMI and the Phoenix Challenge Foundation are passionate about the sustainability of the industry and look forward to working together on the common mission of facilitating programs that will help recruit new, sustain existing, and continue to develop talented employees and future leaders for the package printing industry.
Bettylyn Krafft, chair of the Phoenix Challenge Foundation, says, “It is a true pleasure to work together with Dan Muenzer, Jessica Johnson and the Workforce Development Committee of TLMI on this important task. Bringing young talent into the label printing industry has been my sole passion for more than 20 years. Uniting with TLMI will only help strengthen the charge and drive further success in creating tomorrow’s workforce.”
TLMI Program Director Jessica Johnson will lead the workforce development initiatives for the association. She says, “TLMI is excited about strengthening our relationship with Bettylyn and the Phoenix Challenge Foundation. Investing in the education and success of our future workforce is an important priority to our organization. As the industry evolves and the need for strong, skilled talent continues to grow TLMI and the Phoenix Challenge Foundation need to expand our programs and our resources to give our future workforce the tools they need to be successful.”
About the Phoenix Challenge Foundation
The Phoenix Challenge Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization of industry professionals dedicated to the recruitment and development of the future workforce for flexography. Each year flexo students and teachers from throughout the US and Canada are invited to the Phoenix Challenge Competitions. The High School event is a two-and-half-day skill-based competition with hands-on and comprehension testing in operating a flexo press, prepress, plate-making, and overall flexo knowledge. The Phoenix Challenge College Competition is a school year long event in which an industry problem is presented to the students and requires both market and manufacturing research. Winners are eligible for scholarships funded by the Phoenix Challenge Foundation.
For additional information or to make donations please visit www.phoenixchallenge.org