AVA is joining DIPA academy 

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting multiple modules as part of the DIPA academy “Digital Decor Printing Compass Course”. 

In Germany alone, 49.7% of companies in the manufacturing, construction, trade and service sectors are affected by the shortage of skilled workers (source: ifo Institute). According to a survey by the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop), it is estimated that there will be a shortage of approximately 15 million workers in Europe with the necessary skills by 2025 (source: https://www.cedefop.europa.eu/en/publications-and- resources/publications/3076). In response to this, DIPA academy was founded to help shape the development and future of talents in the digital decor printing industry.

The engine behind this course is the in 2019 founded Digital Print Association – a group of members with the target to gather, create and share knowledge about Digital Decor Printing to ensure successful growth of this industry. AVA has been a part of this association for many years as well as other leading industry players, including ColorGate, Cruse, Durst, Hymmen, Interprint, Koenig & Bauer, Metis and many more.   

The combined knowledge of DIPA’s member provide the perfect foundation for the development of this unique “Digital Decor Printing Compass Course”.  

We at AVA are thrilled to contribute to this unique initiative which ties in directly with our company ethos “Life Long Learning” and our efforts to bridge the gap between education and industry. Our very own CST course has been introducing new talents successfully into industry and we are looking forward to bringing all this experience, along with our decades of knowledge in the sectors of Analogue and Digital Print to the “Digital Decor Printing Compass Course”.

The course will consist of 10 modules in total:  

DIPA Course Modules
DIPA Course Modules


AVA is involved in the first, second and fifth module. In the first module which will start on the 11th September 2023 on-site in Villach, we will be teaching the processes involved in preparing artwork for digital print and how common errors can be pre-empted. In the second module which will run as online course, we are having a closer look at the preparation of files for analogue production to cater for all participants that work both with digital and analogue. In the final module, we are exploring the future of digital and analogue printing and what the benefits but also challenges are that come with their co-existence. 

The entire course is accredited by Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (UAS Carinthia) to ensure certified quality standards. Additionally, participants will receive ECTS-Points (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) for the duration of the course which can be used in conjunction with other University courses. 

The AVA modules will be taught by Theresa Lingg, one our technical advisors and teachers. Theresa Lingg graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a degree in Costume Design. She came to AVA as a linguist and has worked with the Educational team here, helping to support, train and inspire the next generation of talent. 


For more information about the course, have a look at DIPA academy’s website or drop us or the DIPA Academy team an email.