The one-day course will be run at the Roland Academy at Walsall College and in Roland’s creative centre at its Clevedon headquarters. Each course will be for around six people who will create banners, garment prints and text-and-logo images for windows, walls or vehicles.
Roland DG academy and creative centre manager Joe Wigzell said: “The wide-format market is changing rapidly as more companies invest in the flexibility and diversity it gives to their product portfolio. The introduction complements existing courses such as intermediary level of training.
“I imagine take up will be pretty good, there’s a big need for this type of training. Some people feel when they buy a machine they are on their own and need a bit of nurturing. There will be one-to-one training and more hands-on work with kit. Theory work includes software and how digital print can help business.”
The introduction to digital print course is free as part of an introductory training package for those who buy a VersaCamm, VersaArt or Soljet wide-format machine and at a discounted price of £60 for VersaStudio BN-20 users. For others the day course costs £150.
The first course takes place on Wednesday 2 October.
Wigzell said: “This is an entry-level course, which aims to provide newcomers to wide-format digital print and Roland’s technology with a comprehensive overview of the market they are entering as well as technical assistance and tuition on Roland’s equipment and software.
“The course is aimed at Roland users but will be beneficial for anyone looking to get into digital print. Although we use Roland machines and software it’s useful for anyone wanting an overview of digital print.”