With changes in technology, global competition and business practices, the modern print industry is changing. As a result, the traditional definition of a printer is no longer adequate.
The traditional definition is narrow in scope and fails to capture the number of companies that produce printed products on sophisticated copiers or printers, as well as those that specialize in prepress and finishing and bindery services.
In response, CPISC has released the most comprehensive definition of the Canadian printing sector, including the wider group of companies and employees that are part of the industry today.
This new definition, contained in the CPISC HR Study An Industry Redefined, recognizes the growing overlap in print offerings and the diversity of print-related services. These offerings and services include: traditional printing; converted paper-product manufacturing; graphic design; business service provision; newspaper, periodical, book and directory publishing; and the supply of packaging and labeling products and services.
The CPISC HR Study shows this new and more diverse printing industry comprises more than 25,000 companies across Canada and in excess of 270,000 employees.
In addition to providing a sector overview and a new industry definition, the HR Study includes a focus on key issues faced by the vast majority of the 25,000 companies within the printing industry.
Four issues papers have been developed that outline the issues in details, and identify solutions that can be implemented by industry as a whole, and individual companies and employers.
The papers include examples of best practice from across industry and links to further resources and information for employers.
To read the HR Study Issues Papers, use the links below:
This paper has a focus on assessing current and future business goals. It also identifies strategies to help company owners and managers anticipate future labour demands and develop the capabilities of employees to meet those demands.
Across all industries, there is a cluster of mutually reinforcing workplace practices that foster increased productivity and innovation, stronger employee engagement and ongoing business success. This paper explores the applicability of these practices to the printing and graphic communications industry.
This paper identifies the factors that drive current and future skills shortages in the industry and reviews recruitment and retention strategies to improve recruitment and retention, including company branding and targeting and tracking people with specialized skills..
This paper considers the integration of new equipment and technologies, and explores the human resource implications of technological change.