Print Your Future Project Final Conference

Wednesday 3 November

Brussels, Belgium

The Print Your Future project’s primary aim was to develop knowledge and tools to support those with an interest in recruiting the next generation to the printing industry.

With Print Your Future ending in January 2022, we want to share the project’s outcomes with interested stakeholders. Join us at the Hotel Marriott Grand Place in Brussels on Wednesday 3 November for the Print Your Future Project Final Conference, where our findings and tools will be presented.

Participation is free of charge, and we particularly encourage those in the following categories to attend:

  • Printing companies and their young workers
  • Industry associations
  • Trade unions
  • VET providers, schools, and universities – and their students
  • Public authorities
  • Employment services
  • Trade press

We encourage in-person participation to guarantee the best experience but will offer those who cannot travel to Brussels the option to join this event online. Interpretation on-site and online will be provided in Dutch, English, Estonian, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Topics due to be addressed by our speakers include:

  • The printing sector: current and future opportunities and challenges
  • The world of work: next generation
  • Project presentation: objectives and key results
  • Best Practice Toolkit
  • Employment and recruitment situation in project countries (Estonia, Germany, the Netherlands, and Portugal)
  • Retention management in the printing industry
  • Way forward and Q&A


09:00 Welcome and introduction

09:15 Why is it so hard to find young people for your company? How can you change that? Millennials and Gen Z, how to attract them
Heleen Ernst, U’r Skills

09:45 The world of work: next generation 
Intergraf Young Talent Award winners:
1. 2021: Rita Estevinha Silva (PT)
2. 2020: Bastien Combeau (FR)

10:30 Coffee break

11:15 Project presentation: objectives and key results
Elisa Pagliaroli and Christian Baio, SPIN 360

12:00 Best Practice Toolkit: how to find, attract and keep the best talent 
Beatrice Klose, Intergraf

12:15 Lunch break

13:45 Country insights from partners:
1. Estonia: Innovative communications – Katre Savi, AEPPI
2. Portugal: Partnering with schools – Teresa Borba, APIGRAF

3. The Netherlands: Collaborating with young people – Marcel Lamain, GOC

14:50 Coffee break

15:15 Retention management in the printing industry 
Prof. Dr. Andreas Otterbach, Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart

15:35 Q&A

16:00 Closing remarks and way forward