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Print Finishing Apprenticeship HARLOW PRINTING LIMITED

Excellent opportunity to work for a reputable print company based in South Shields, established in 1947. This is an exciting prospect for an apprentice to develop a broad understanding of print finishing in our production department.

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Closing date: 12 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £181 per week.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 8.00am to 4.30pm with one hour for lunch.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    30 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    13 Jul 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Duties will include:

  • As a print finishing technician, you will use precision cutting, binding, foiling, laminating and packing equipment to complete the final product for the client
  • Inspect printed materials or other images to verify quality
  • Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements  
  • Adjust bindery machines, such as knives, guides or clamps, to accommodate sheets, signatures, or books of specified sizes
  • Trim edges of printed sheets to size, using cutting machines, book trimming machines, or hand cutters 
  • Monitor machine operations to detect malfunctions or to determine whether adjustments are needed
  • Record operational or production data using MIS (Management Information System)
  • Clean or make minor repairs to machine parts to keep machines in working condition
  • Set up or operate machines that perform binding operations, such as pressing, folding, or trimming
  • Operate equipment to print images or bind printed images together
  • Prepare finished products for shipping

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 a L3 Print Technician Apprenticeship Standard (post-press pathway).

The apprentice will be given sufficient time to undertake their "off-the-job" requirement of the apprenticeship.

Throughout your time as an apprentice, you will be supported by both Harlow Printing 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 your individual needs and 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, a permanent role will be available as a fully qualified Print Finisher.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Enthusiastic, Sociable


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

Harlow Print are an established print company in North East England, who have been trading since 1947. We are certified to both ISO 9001 Quality Standard and ISO 14001 Environmental Standard, as well as Health and Safety, Security Management and Business Continuity Standards. We utilise the latest technology with a fully integrated MIS managing every aspect of our business from pricing to manufacture from stock management to delivery.




Maxwell Street South Shields

NE33 4PU

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Training provider



Lucy Kirkbride

Apprenticeship standard

Print technician

Level 3 (A level)

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