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Competenz is one of New Zealand’s industry training organisations that work with over 3,500 companies and 20,000+ learners in 37 industries around New Zealand to build skills, careers and businesses. Most learning takes place on-the-job.  Competenz works with experts from each industry and support to develop nationally recognised qualifications (New Zealand and National Certificates and Diplomas).

Competenz help structure tailored training plans around the country with the assistance of 70 account managers that specialise in certain industries. They work with companies to build training plans tailored to their businesses – then help their learners gain their skills in the workplace.

Competenz helps make the learning happen and can provides training materials and eLearning, visits to workplaces to check on progress, arrange for learners to complete any off-job training they need (e.g. at a polytechnic), assesses (or arrange assessments) to confirm learners have built their skills, moderates assessments to make sure they are fair, valid and consistent across the country and registers learners’ success with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

Competenz also support our industry amongst others in many ways, including promoting careers in these industries, sponsoring industry events like conferences and competitions, offering scholarships and celebrating learners’ success.

To find out more about Competenz or how to become an apprentice view more details at this link.   https://www.competenz.org.nz/training-on-offer/signmaking


Site Safe is a national not-for-profit health and safety organisation. Formed in 1999 by the construction industry, Site Safe’s goal is to help companies reduce workplace injuries by creating a positive change in health and safety culture.

To do this, Site Safe provides training and resources on best practice systems and behaviours known to improve health and safety.  In addition to education, Site Safe also offers auditing and consulting services, and health and safety kits for small businesses.

NZSDA is a trade association member to Site Safe. NZSDA members qualify for a trade association discount on subscriptions. Simply provide proof of your NZSDA membership when you join Site Safe, and you will receive an automatic 10 per cent discount on your annual subscription fee.

Work Safe

Work Safe educate stakeholders by providing relevant, easy-to-read information, advice and guidance so they can understand and implement key health and safety practices.

Work Safe engage by working with a wide range of stakeholders – sector groups challenge and support our mandate and help communicate important health and safety messages. We work closely with the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (NZCTU) and BusinessNZ. We have productive relationships with the Canterbury Rebuild Safety Forum and the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum. We have strong, developing relationships with the Accident Compensation Corporation, the Environmental Protection Authority and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Work Safe enforce workplace health and safety by using regulatory tools. Enforcement is part of a process that starts with educating and engaging and ends with holding those who do not comply accountable. We will hold people to account where there are serious failures in health and safety.

For further information on industry updates please register or follow Work Safe by clicking on the link. www.worksafe.govt.nz/worksafe/news/media

Image Magazine is New Zealand’s leading industry magazine for sign makers and associate industry partners, It is published quarterly throughout the year and has a distribution of 1,400 nationwide companies including sign writers, screen printers, engravers, printers, textiles, graphic designers, industry educators and suppliers.

Image Magazine is New Zealand’s only industry magazine that talks directly to the sign and display industry, so whether it is a product, service or business message that needs promoting, Image Magazine will ensure that your message will stand out nationwide to those that matter.

Image Magazine offers our members complimentary issues mailed direct to your mailbox or inbox, the choice is yours.

For further information regarding cost effective advertising rates, technical specifications or publication dates contact Janet Maitland at janet@imagemagazine.com.au or view details on the official Image Magazine website www.imagemagazine.co.nz

Visual Connections

Visual Connections Australia Ltd was formed through the merger of GAMAA, the Graphic Arts Merchants Association of Australia and Visual Industries Suppliers Association. Visual Connections is now the premier suppliers association for the print, graphics and signage industries in Australia. As a result of the merger, Visual Connections now has the largest trade show portfolio in the industry with PrintEx, PacPrint and Visual Impact Expos coming under its banner.

Visual Impact and the NZSDA over the years have become very supportive with each others nationwide industry events, whether in New Zealand or Australia, both assisting with promotion when required.  Visual Impact also provide the NZSDA with opportunity to advertise in their bi monthly publication, the Visual Impact Magazine.  This is sent to all our members complimentary both to inbox and mailbox.

To find out more about the events that Visual Impact are promoting currently view their official website at www.visualimpact.org.au or www.visualconnections.org.au

Published for over 30 years, New Zealand Printer (NZP) is the country’s trusted monthly source of news and information for professionals in print, covering signage, display graphics, wide format, commercial, industrial and package printing.

Written by and for New Zealanders, the magazine covers local issues and carries highly informed contributions from local and internationally recognised experts including monthly editorial content and updates from NZSDA.

In addition to the technologies powering print, NZP profiles local companies and individuals, telling their stories and sharing their experiences and the work they do.

NZSDA members are entitled to a free monthly subscription to NZP magazine and receive a special discounted rate for advertising in print or online.

Contact editor, Bruce Craig (bruce@newzealandprinter.co.nz) with news tips and story ideas or publisher, Brian Moore (brian@newzealandprinter.co.nz) to subscribe or to advertise in print or online with newzealandprinter.co.nz

Sign & D Awards

The NZ Sign and Display Awards is the annual flagship event for the NZSDA.  This prestigious national competition, which recognizes outstanding design and craftsmanship across a broad range of sign making methods and technologies, receives hundreds of entries every year from all over New Zealand.

To Acknowledge Excellence is the primary purpose of the New Zealand Sign and Display Awards.  This maxim not only constitutes part of the awards program logo, but also provides the standard by which all entries are judged.  This ensures that the overall standard of entries is high and that competition for the gold, silver and bronze medals is fierce. Sponsored by many of New Zealand’s leading signs and graphics suppliers, the annual awards dinner and prize giving is held in different cities throughout New Zealand, reinforcing the event’s national status.

To find out more about this event, its categories and how to enter go to the official NZ Sign Display Awards website at www.nzsda.net.nz

Signee is the sign industry training scheme with the mission to innovate the future of education in sign making technology. To engage and provide quality expert knowledge and skills to better our industry standards in all aspects of sign making and design learning.

Signee’s purpose aligns with NZSDA’s mission and vision and acknowledges the need for a training programme at entry level into industry and accelerated training opportunities for existing members within the industry.

To find out more about Signee and sign industry training opportunities  go to the official Signee website at www.signee.nzsda.org.nz

The Canterbury Safety Charter is a not for profit with Charitable status, promoting good health and safety practice across all industries.

The Safety Charter was established following the Canterbury earthquakes with the aim of engaging with and educating the rebuild workforce to reduce the incidence of workplace harm. Over that time, the Canterbury region saw a massive amount of construction activity, with no fatalities. We put this down to the collaboration with our members and the Charter, working together, striving to adhere to our 10 Charter commitments.  Every organisation and individual who joins the Charter commits to a process of evaluation and improvement in these areas, with the global intent of promoting good practice and reducing workplace harm. To this day, the 10 commitments are as relevant now as they were back then.

Nearly 10 years on, The Canterbury Safety Charter’s mission is to provide connection and collaboration in the Safety Charter member community, to improve health and safety performance. The Safety Charter can assist you to better understand and meet your health and safety employer obligations. We provide support and connections for your business to grow health and safety knowledge and awareness.

As a Charter member you have access to a raft of entitlements, ranging from member resources, workshops and events, online health and safety self-assessment tool, Facebook peer to peer support group, monthly newsletter and updates, membership certificate, member business directory and use of the Safety Charter logo. To find out more about your member entitlements, please visit the official website https://safetycharter.org.nz/

As a NZSDA member, you have access to all Safety Charter entitlements.

For further information on your Safety Charter membership, please contact Julie Prutton, Business Development Lead at julieprutton@safetycharter.org.nz

Advantage Business has been helping clients succeed in business since 1998, working in a broad range of areas including people and culture development, finance, systems and processes, marketing and sales, succession planning and governance. Their point of difference is their exceptional people and the support, resources, and networks behind them. The Advantage Business nationwide advisory team includes some of the most sought after heavy-hitters you will find in the industry, people who can make a real difference to your bottom line and return your investment in them many times over.

For 24 years Advantage Business have been advising a diverse range of businesses on how to find their competitive advantage. Their clients look upon them as an extension of their own business because they become part of the team. Advantage Business make 100% sure we do whatever is needed to fully understand how the business operates. Although they work in a professional manner, they connect on an emotional level.

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