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Apprentice Print Finishing Operative SM Finishing Ltd

An excellent opportunity to enter a career within the dynamic printing sector. Print Finishing is considered a value-added process and candidates will not only learn the traditional aspects of cutting, folding and stitching but also the more advanced techniques of producing glued mailers, tipping-on, ink-jet printing, and complex folding formats.

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Closing date: 05 Nov 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday. 2 Shift Patterns; Mornings 6:00am - 1:30pm, Afternoons 1:20pm - 9:00pm (8pm on Fridays)

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Expected duration

    26 months

  • Possible start date

    15 Nov 2021

  • Date posted

    22 Jul 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

Our Apprentice will shadow and work alongside our highly skilled and experienced employees in order to learn full “on the job” training to:

  • Prepare, set up and operate machines
  • Undertaking all necessary quality checks to ensure conformance to correct specification
  • Create finished work, meeting all customer requirements, with minimum defects and spoilage and achieving specified levels of productivity
  • Undertake self-checking and monitoring of work produced, using own initiative to ensure quality and specification conformance
  • Carry out maintenance and cleaning of machines to ensure safe and efficient working in line with manufacturers’ schedules and to ensure that the working environment is safe, clean and healthy through the correct use of equipment and supplies, so as to eliminate the risk of accidents and incidents

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Although no technical skills are required, as all training will be given on the job, a mechanically, practically minded candidate is essential
  • Attention to detail
  • Able to take instruction
  • Systematic method of working
  • Desire to learn new skills is essential
  • Good communication skills
  • A strong work ethic

Personal qualities

  • Polite
  • Respectful
  • Punctual
  • Hardworking

Desired qualifications

  • GCSE maths and English Grade C/4 or above/or maths and English Functional Skills Level 2 (or equivalent)

Future prospects

  • Full time position within the company is available to the right candidate on completion of the Apprenticeship programme

Things to consider

  • Have you considered the cost and practicality of travel to and from the company?

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

The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide is updated every April (ANMW):

About the employer

We are a busy Print Finishing Company that offers a variety of services to the printing sector. As well as producing single leaf flyers, folded leaflets and stitched booklets, we also specialise in glued mailers and tipping-on (attaching cards, sachets etc). We also offer ink-jet personalisation and a variety of other ancillary operations (shrink-wrapping, ram bundling and mail sortation, etc).


SM Finishing Ltd


Unit 29

Nuthall Road Aspley, Whitemoor Court



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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Learn 2 Print

Print Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard:

  • A full plan will be formulated to give a progressive, structured training scheme
  • Training modules will be issued at each stage covering all aspects of on-site training with practical experience
  • This will cover everything including health and safety and general industrial practices
  • Industry specific technical training will take place on every module offering the apprentice a unique opportunity to learn from industry professionals
  • Training on each module will be to a required standard rather than a time limit


  • Functional Skills in maths and English (if required)
  • 1 day per month study at workplace with Learn2print
  • Allocated assessor with regular visits to the workplace to review practical element of the Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship standard

Print technician

Level 3 (A level)

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