Print Apprenticeship Essentra

We are recruiting for a Print Apprentice to join our 2017 UK apprenticeship scheme. Essentra are a leading global manufacturer for healthcare packaging and solutions. Starting salary is £12,600, with a pay review every 6 months and £26,000 a year upon completion.

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Closing date: 22 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Available to work a variety of shifts, including nights

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Apprenticeship duration

    3 years

  • Possible start date

    01 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    18 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

Here at Essentra we are currently recruiting for a Print Apprentice to join our 2017 Apprentice Programme. This apprentice position will be based at our production site in Nottingham. We are a FTSE 250 company and a leading global provider of packaging and authentication solutions to high profile customers in the health and personal care, consumer and specialist packaging sectors.

Our work based apprenticeships will give you the opportunity to earn a competitive starting salary of £12,600 with regular pay increases every 6 months (subject to performance). By the end of the 3 year apprenticeship programme you could be earning approximately £25,000 (subject to successful performance reviews).

As you progress through your structured training you will be given real responsibility and learn all the technical aspects of printing, as well as the theory behind the practical work. You will also be allocated an experienced printing professional who will mentor and support you. You will also acquire a professionally recognised qualification.

The printing apprenticeship would suit a motivated individual with a “hands on” approach, enjoys learning to use technical machines, likes problem solving and understands the importance of producing quality products. Qualified Operators are responsible for producing top quality printed packaging for a range of sectors. This is achieved using complex printing machines, and using a variety of technical methods.

As part of your training you will learn:

  • Which materials and machine configuration to use for different types of printing
  • How to set machinery and make it ready for production
  • How to operate machines and calibrate them for the desired outcome
  • How to trouble shoot both simple and complex printing problems with the machine and materials
  • How to produce and review products using high quality processes
  • Preventative maintenance of machinery and tooling

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

At Essentra are ideally looking for individuals who enjoy working as part of a close team and take responsibility for what they do.  We are always looking to better ourselves and are keen to recruit individuals who like to innovate and improve processes.

You will have (essential):

  • An enthusiastic and “can do” attitude
  • The ability to pass a Maths and English test equivalent to GCSE level
  • Ability to work a variety of shifts, including nights
  • Keen to learn new skills
  • Enjoys working in a close team
  • Confident and pro-active

It would be good if you also have (desirable):

  • Experience of working in a Print or Manufacturing environment

Personal qualities

  • An enthusiastic and “can do” attitude
  • Confident and pro-active
  • Keen to learn new skills

Qualifications required

GCSE Maths and English or equivalent.

Future prospects

Full time position guaranteed at end of apprenticeship (subject to performance).

Things to consider

Vacancy will close early if the right candidate is found - apply early to avoid disappointment. Please note you may be contacted via e-mail for interview. From April 1st 2017 the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for Apprentices is £3.50 per hour. This applies to 16-18 year old Apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other Apprentices the National Minimum Wage appropriate to their age applies. The wage for Apprentices applies to both time spent on the job plus time spent training.

About the employer

Essentra is a leading international supplier of specialist plastic, fibre, foam and packaging products with three global divisions: Component Solutions, Health & Personal Care Packaging and Filter Products. Every day we produce and distribute millions of small but essential components. Our products may not be noticeable – or even recognisable – but wherever you are, our business is all around you. Our international network extends to 33 countries and includes 49 principal manufacturing facilities, 64 sales and distribution operations and 4 research & development centres.






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Training provider

  • NVQ Certificate in Machine Printing
  • Technical Certificate in Printing and Graphics Communications
  • Functional skills where required

Apprenticeship framework

Print and Printed Packaging

Training provider

British Printing Industries Federation

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by British Printing Industries Federation


Rachael Elliott or Leah Cooney 01676 526 046

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Closing date: 22 Sep 2017