A young print technician crowned Apprentice of the Year at the 2018 Irish Print Awards has urged women to apply for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) apprenticeship roles.

Lauren Harkin, who joined Derry-Londonderry’s Nuprint Technologies as an apprentice two years ago and now works as a pre-press technician, beat 74 of her peers to win the accolade.

“The print industry is developing very fast and becoming increasingly technologically advanced, so the future will require staff with a strong background in STEM subjects,” she said.

“While my male colleagues are great, it would be fantastic for all companies to engage with more women. I’m glad I work for a company which encourages me as a young woman in STEM.”

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