Ditrolio Flexographic Institute (DFI), training facility for the flexographic printing industry in Broadview, IL, USA, says it recently celebrated a year of perfect placement of its graduates into the workplace.
“We are proud to say that since August 1, 2005, we have placed every single one of our students with a rewarding position upon graduation,” says Vince Ditrolio, DFI president.
“Forty percent of our press operators are DFI graduates,” says Albert Paveza, president of Specialty Tape & Label, Lyons, IL, USA. “On average, DFI graduates begin at a 15 to 20 percent higher wage rate than other entry-level employees. Of even more importance in the long run, these individuals are potential candidates for increased responsibility, thereby opening up entry-level spots for other appropriately trained workers.”
DFI offers an 18-week flexography training program as well as a wide range of shorter customized courses to train people for jobs in the flexographic printing field.
“Our students include recent high school graduates who are ready to train for a career in flexo, dislocated workers from other industries, and others who want to train for careers in a new field,” says Sara Gallagher, the institute’s project manager. “The training allows our students to start their careers at a wage higher than they could earn without training, and it relieves employers of the financial and productivity drains of training employees on the job.”