Quark today announced that it is to sponsor the National Printing Skills Centre (NPSC), a business division of Leicester College, based in the UK.

The Centre offers a wide assortment of training courses in digital media, multimedia, pre-press, press, and post-press. It also works with the Leicester College School of Print, which delivers a range of curriculum courses in print and design.

Leicester College is the seventh-largest further education college in the UK and annually provides training and education to over 41,000 students.

Quark describes its sponsorship as part of its educational commitment to ensure students learn the diverse skills they need to success in today's publishing industry.

Supporting tomorrow's world

"The National Printing Skills Centre does a fantastic job in training the design, pre-press, press, and multimedia professionals of tomorrow, and also in updating and enhancing the skills of today's workforce," said Ed Ewing, Quark sales director for Northern Europe. "We want to support the NPSC as much as possible in these endeavours and look forward to working together."

"QuarkXPress has been the market leader for page layout for many years and as such is the preferred page-layout software of the NPSC," said Carolyn Rees, NPSC Manager. "We teach Quark software across our full range of courses at the NPSC and believe that having the opportunity to work even more closely with Quark will benefit our students and the industry as a whole."

As part of the sponsorship, the latest version of QuarkXPress will be installed on computers across all of the NPSC and in other areas within Leicester College.

Quark as official degree partner

QuarkXPress will also be tightly integrated into all of the relevant courses at the NPSC, including the National Diploma in Graphic Design, Print and Media, Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Print Production, and various other evening and short, intensive courses offered by the NPSC.

The NPSC will also join the QuarkAlliance Authorised Training Centre program and work with Quark to ensure its students are fully up to date with the latest developments and trends in the industry.