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Print Technician Apprentice - Pre-Press The Encore Group (Envelopes and Packaging) Ltd

Excellent opportunity working for a leading one-stop-shop supplier of print and packaging solutions. A strong team works together toward a common goal. At Encore, everyone is encouraged to contribute and help each other out. We aim to cultivate a work environment built around respect. The Encore Group team make it happen.

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Closing date: 15 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    From £192.40 per week. • Annual Quality Bonus • Contributory Pension Scheme • Private Healthcare Scheme • Non-contributory life insurance scheme • Employee Assistance Programme

  • Working week

    5 x 8 hour days Mon-Fri 08:00 to 17:00

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    30 Months

  • Possible start date

    29 Aug 2022

  • Date posted

    14 Jul 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Duties & Responsibilities:

·         To learn how to produce printing plates to the required specification

·         To produce clean blemish free plates for the printing process

·         To learn how to operate all necessary equipment

·         To learn how to proof all jobs to the detail provided by the Client Services Team

·         Working to a prioritised list of work on a designated type of proof or plate

·         Ensure all records are kept up to date

·         Keep the department / area clean & tidy

·         To learn how to complete routine maintenance of all machinery in graphics

·         Carry out all work in a safe manner, ensuring compliance with the company’s policies on Health & Safety and ISO 14001

·         Communicating / advising when there is a potential problem with a job or plate to the line Manager

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

Full training will be provided which will involve apprentices completing the Level 3 Print Technician Standard.

The Apprentice will be given one day a week at work to work on their Off the Job requirement of the Apprenticeship at The Encore Group.

The Apprentice will be allocated a dedicated BPIF Training Co-Ordinator.  Training will be delivered through a combination of remote and face to face learning. 

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship a review of the current vacancies within the Company will be conducted and the newly qualified apprentice will be encouraged to apply for any relevant vacancies that the Company may have at that time.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Team working, Basic level of Mac literacy, Prior knowledge of litho print


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

Things to consider

Preferred: • Some experience in Mac operation for pre-press, repro & proofing • Some experience using Indesign, Illustrator, Acrobat, Photoshop, ArtPro (Esko workflow would be a bonus) • Good problem-solving skills, whilst working under pressure • Experience of working as a team • Any knowledge of litho printing Essential: • A commitment to undertake the BPIF Qualification • Flexibility and enthusiasm to all tasks taught • A basic level of Mac literacy • Effective communication skills • Educated to GCSE level, with a minimum of Grade C (or equivalent) in Maths & English. This position is based at North West Industrial Estate in Peterlee; please ensure that you are able to get to this site before applying. 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

The Encore Group are the UK’s largest independent manufacturer of printed envelopes. We also have a thriving, rapidly growing Packaging Solutions business and also a Commercial Print arm. Encore Packaging Solutions (EPS) in Peterlee is our dedicated packaging site offering solutions on solid and corrugated board, working with the food, pharmaceutical, retail and luxury packaging sector, to name but a few. The site is BRC AA food grade accredited which is the highest grade possible for those working in the food, pharmaceutical and pet food industries, meaning clients can be assured of high quality products made in a safe and highly rated environment. Flexible manufacturing allows for high volume through to niche speciality work. A full design and prototyping service is available via the CAD team, including printed finished samples, with a variety of finishing options including spot UV, foil, braille, and embossing. We’ve always been at the forefront of technology, techniques and know-how backing this up with investment in the best equipment and the best people. Our aim is to provide a quality product to the individual requirements of our customers, to specification and on time, every time.


The Encore Group (Envelopes and Packaging) Ltd


Davy Drive

North West Industrial Estate



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Training provider



Lucy Kirkbride


Apprenticeship standard

Print technician

Level 3 (A level)

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