Creative students at Burton and South Derbyshire College were recently given an insight into the sign industry when they assisted Hardy Signs with the installation of large-scale vinyl signs across the BSDC College.

Hardy Signs worked alongside BSDC college students, sharing knowledge and demonstrating the best techniques for installing the various printed substrates. Students were taken through the process of producing graphics, from material selection to ink usage and colour matching.

The College’s Main Reception has now been transformed with the addition of printed wallpaper, vinyl wrap on the support pillars and an inspirational word-cloud that greets those arriving in the foyer. The signage promotes key messages for the College, from celebrating international awards to promoting the College’s Skills Promise. The work experience project is part of a wider partnership between Burton and South Derbyshire College and Hardy Signs after the College’s launch of its Sign and Print Academy in association with Hardy Signs last year. 2017 has seen the successful growth of this joint venture, cementing an already long-established partnership. The Sign and Print Academy based at the College’s Lichfield Street Campus has been set up to develop specialist sign-making and printing skills, using the latest technology, previously unavailable in the area.

The Academy now boasts the latest wide format print technology allowing production of paper, banner, vinyl and wallpaper with a photo quality finish. Further hardware now available to students includes dye-sublimation print on to fabrics, laser engraving and even 3D printing, all under the guidance of College tutors and supported by Hardy Signs. Nik Hardy, Founder & Managing Director of Hardy Signs Ltd said: “We’re proud to work in partnership with the College, and the Sign and Print Academy is going from strength to strength. We’re giving students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience of the industry and this helps to develop the sign makers of the future.”

Sarah Collinson, Head of Marketing at Burton and South Derbyshire College said: “The Academy represents a significant investment for Burton and South Derbyshire College. This project is a clear example of its success and also highlights the value that industry partnerships have to offer across the curriculum. Giving students the opportunity to work with employers on live projects and gain industry skills is something we are passionate about, and is a vital element of the College’s Skills Promise.”

In addition to these works, further display signage throughout the college building has been installed allowing notices, events and information to be effectively conveyed to students, staff and visitors. Hardy Signs have also introduced a freestanding HD Digital Screen within the reception area offering a dynamic method of communicating and engaging students.

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