0.00.00 My name’s Steven H. I’m the Press Room Team Leader at JW Northend. I sort of oversee things. I order ink, coatings and then we put certain procedures in place to make sure that the department runs smoothly. I’ve been working here 26 years. Came from school at 16 years old and this is the only job I’ve ever had. When I was at school deciding what I was going to do, a lot of people went into sort of working at the pit and I think working for the councils cos it was pretty well paid apprentices and I wanted a trade.
0.00.30 I’d always sort of liked being creative and I were quite good with art and I’d got this idea that maybe print, to do with colours would be quite creative so I thought I’ll just follow that. This is a calendar what we produced this year for Sheffield Charity. As you can see it’s got the whole company’s input on it. There’s myself.
0.01.00 As you look through the calendar everybody in the company’s contributed to this calendar and they’re all pictured somewhere along there. I were glad to get out of school to be quite honest. I won’t say I hated it but I’d run that course if you like and I wanted to get a job. I were never brilliant at school. I was alright, I weren’t thick or anything but I just, I wasn’t keen on the idea of school. And my dad’s an electrician. My mum’s never worked, she was just old-fashioned, like a housewife, so she stayed at home and looked after the family.
0.01.30 So when I said I got an interview at a printers they were quite happy with that. They thought yeah, it’ll suit me because I always liked art and I always liked, I was always drawing as a kid and I was doing one thing and another with pencils and crayons. They thought it would be quite a good idea to go into print so they were really up for it. But my dad’s always worked and he’s worked for himself so he’s had to go out and find work. So I’ve always had that sort of work ethic that, you know, you get what you put into it.
0.02.00 I knew a printer who lived on the next street to me and I asked him what reputable companies there were in Sheffield of printers. And he gave me a couple of addresses. I wrote to both companies and I got an interview at both companies cos they were both taking on apprentice in them days. So I came for the interview, next minute I got a letter through the door saying I got the job. So I went to the interview with the other company and they also offered me the job. I quite fancied Northend so that’s the decision I made.
0.02.30 Basically I’ve always worked in the press room and I’ve always worked on the presses. But the job’s changed because of the technology. I’ve been to Germany, I think five times now on training courses for new presses. Also demonstrations from Heidelberg representatives what have been into the company. And it’s just progressed like that. Now I sort of wish I’d carried on my education a little bit longer.
0.03.00 I’m always pushing my children to you know life’s too short to be starting work at sixteen. I look at students these days and I think oh, I sort of missed out on a little bit of that. I’ve got a daughter who’s sixteen so she’s just left school, but she’s gone onto college so I had to push her a little bit, she’s already saying she’s getting fed up with it. So I said to her well whatever you do, you’re going to get fed up with it at some stage, so keep going with it and let’s see how it pans out. Five years is a long time in these days.
0.03.30 Hopefully I’ll still be at Northend doing a similar sort of role to what I’m doing now or I would imagine, hopefully. It’s important to me that I’m happy and I’m happy at Northend and I don’t want to risk that happiness by going somewhere, chasing money rather than being where I am.