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Apprentice Digital and Post-Press Operative JOHN DOLLIN PRINTING SERVICES LTD

A fantastic opportunity to join a vibrant, growing company and be part of the future development of the business. The role will entail various duties in both the digital printing and finishing departments. The successful candidate will receive training in all aspects of manufacturing, from goods-in to final dispatch and everything in between.

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Closing date: 01 Jul 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Weekly wage between £192.40 - £300.00.

    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

    40 hours per week, Monday – Friday. Specific times to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    11 Jul 2022

  • Date posted

    31 May 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Digital printing

Using inkjet and laser printing methods. Much of your work could take place on computerised machinery, as digital printing processes are widespread. Duties will include:

  • Matching colours to the pre-press proofs
  • Restocking ink levels
  • Feeding the print materials into the presses
  • Carrying out quality checks during the print run
  • Identifying problems and fixing faults
  • Cleaning presses after a print run has finished (either by hand or using automatic cleaning systems)
  • Carrying out basic machine maintenance


Print Finishing

Print Finishing Operatives use precision cutting and finishing equipment to complete the final display of a print product for the client.

The work comes last in the process of putting together a print product. Duties will include:

  • Creasing and folding
  • Die cutting
  • Booklet making
  • Wiro binding
  • PUR binding
  • Guillotining
  • Laminating
  • Shrink Wrapping

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, the qualification obtained will be the Level 2 Print Operative Apprenticeship Standard.

  • Level 2 Print Operative
  • Functional skills
  • Off-the-job training

Throughout your journey you will be supported by both JDP and the BPIF. You will be assigned a training coordinator to ensure that you have the best training available. Training requirements will be discussed at the point of employment to suit you and the business needs. Most training and studying will be site based.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship there will be an offer of a permanent role within the company.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Willingness to learn, Aptitude for technology, Calm and pragmatic manner


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C or equivalent grade) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C or equivalent grade) Desired

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.

About the employer

JDP are a leading Printer in the south of England. We use the latest technology in print and finishing in our state-of-the-art Whitchurch based headquarters.







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Training provider



Lucy Kirkbride


Apprenticeship standard

Print operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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