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Excellent opportunity to work for an established Print company based in Rayleigh, with 75 years’ combined management experience in Print and Direct Mail. This is a great opportunity for an apprentice to develop a broad understanding of print finishing in our production department

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Closing date: 31 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Annual review of salary. Overtime available once trained.

  • Working week

    Working week is 09.00am-05.00pm. 5 days a week, specific days to be agreed.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    30 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    29 Jul 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Print Finishing Technicians use precision cutting, folding, saddle stitching and packing equipment to complete the final product for the client.

Duties will include:

  • Inspect printed materials and 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
  • Maintain records, such as daily production records
  • Clean and 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 Sinatra 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.

Company progression available.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Initiative, Patience


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

Commercial Printer and Direct Mail manufacturer established in 2018 but with 75 years’ managerial industry experience.







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Training provider



Lucy Kirkbride

Apprenticeship standard

Print technician

Level 3 (A level)

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