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Apprentice Print Finisher WHITE GHOST LIMITED

Fresh minded apprentice required who is willing to learn manually operated machines, semi auto machinery and cad facilities for a print finishing company / point of sale manufacturer that’s been operating for 25 years.

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Closing date: 31 Jul 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 8.00am to 4.00pm

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    36 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Aug 2022

  • Date posted

    25 Mar 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Fresh minded apprentice required who is willing to learn manually operated machines, semi auto machinery and cad facilities for a print finishing company / point of sale manufacturer that’s been operating for 25 years. The role would require you:

  • To be a team player
  • Learn and work your way through the ranks
  • Take responsibility in time, take on different roles
  • Cad software knowledge and general computing skills would be an advantage

Day to day duties would be:

  • General labouring
  • Receiving deliveries
  • Shadowing fellow work colleagues
  • Operate machinery by yourself
  • Print finisher
  • Manual machine operator (hand fed diecutting)
  • Semi auto machine operator (mounting)
  • Cad machine operator (computerised)

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Keen worker
  • Generally wanting to learn a trade
  • Multi-tasking and organisation of tasks
  • Effective communication skills
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Ability to solve problems
  • Ability to use initiative when working alone, within given instructions

Personal qualities

  • Bright and active
  • Good level of maturity and common sense
  • Good time keeping and attendance is essential

Desired qualifications

  • GCSE grades C/4 or above in maths and English (or equivalent)
  • Acceptance is subject to college interview, initial assessment and taking a skill test
  • Excellent knowledge in computer / maths would be an advantage

Future prospects

Maybe a full time position for the right candidate.

Things to consider

Overtime may be required in weekly basis. Salary and bonuses.

About the employer

Cuttingedge was founded in 1997 as a bolt on to a large commercial printer, this company was “acquired” by a multinational print group, taking Cuttingedge along with it. Becoming like a lost puppy lost in a Giant multimedia organisation, Cuttingedge was cast out as the runt of the litter, to be found (ok, bought) and taken under the wing of it’s now owner, the White Ghost.




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Training provider

Luminate Education Group

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Leeds City College


Leeds City College

Print Technician Standard - Post Press Understanding of the following:

  • Pre-press and post-press processes and equipment and how their role will impact upon others
  • Properties and structures of materials, adhesives and various other chemicals and able to explain them in detail e.g. adhesives, laminates and paper
  • Physical properties of the numerous paper / plastic stocks and their benefits and constraints, including weight, grain direction, coatings and how this affects the final product
  • How to convert sheets into pages and products for example ‘sheet-work’, ‘work-and-turn’, and ‘work-and tumble’
  • How to safely and effectively convert the source materials (e.g. printed paper and gold foil) into the customer’s specific product (e.g. a special edition videogame pack) by using a combination of machinery and processes
  • The benefits and constraints of the many different folding types including parallels, gatefolds, barn door flap folds, and letter folds (wrap folds)
  • How to apply different finishes to different substrates e.g. scented varnish, holographic foiling, soft-touch laminate, near-field communication sticker etc
  • How the final product is expected to perform and the process by which it is to be received by the customer
  • Set up, run and maintain a specific range of finishing equipment at the appropriate speed and at quality levels dictated by the work instructions and company guidelines, such as: guillotines, stitching-trimming machinery, binding machinery, laminating equipment, die-cutters. This can include cleaning and servicing key elements or preparing the machine for the next shift
  • Deal with a range of finishing processes which may include varnishing, folding, embossing / debossing, foil blocking, scoring, packing, gluing, match and attach, tab and slot, sorting, banding, packing, wrapping etc
  • Operate finishing equipment optimally
  • Apply problem-solving skills and techniques to ensure that machinery is maintained in good working order and that the final product meets the specification whilst minimising wastage
  • Accurately measure the finished product against customer specification and company standards e.g. folding accuracy, stitch alignment, foil position etc
  • Liaise with pre-press and press areas to ensure that customer timescales are met
  • Handle and transport materials and other inventory within the finishing area working environment
  • Work to tight deadlines, in a calm and professional manner whilst achieving deadlines

Apprenticeship standard

Print technician

Level 3 (A level)

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