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Apprentice Print Finisher (Level 3) PRINT LEEDS LTD

A fantastic opportunity to work for a specialist printing house established in 2001. This is a great opportunity for an apprentice to develop a broad understanding of print finishing in our production department, under the supervision of a friendly and helpful team.

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Closing date: 28 Oct 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Incremental wage increases throughout the apprenticeship, subject to successfully passing performance reviews.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, 09.00 to 17.00

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    30 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Nov 2022

  • Date posted

    23 Aug 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Print Finishing Technicians use precision cutting, binding, foiling, laminating and packing equipment to complete the final product for the client.

Responsibilities include:

  • Setting up finishing equipment ready for the next job on schedule
  • Identify, set up and load finishing equipment with materials. For example, guillotines, stitching-trimming machinery, binding machinery, laminating equipment, die-cutters
  • Accurately carry out instructions from job tickets
  • Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements
  • Inspect the quality of the finishing and report any issues arising during the process
  • Adjust bindery machines, such as knives, guides or clamps, to accommodate sheets, signatures, or books of specified sizes
  • Record operational or production data using MIS (Management Information System)
  • Pack and prepare materials
  • Adhere to company health and safety procedures
  • Check final output meets specification and works instructions
  • Support continuous improvement initiatives in print activities
  • Maintain a clean and tidy workspace
  • Set up or operate machines that perform binding operations, such as pressing, folding, or trimming
  • Learn about customer expectations, how to resolve problems and how to ensure quality
  • Learn how to organise and work in a H&S compliant environment
  • Plan workload to meet production deadlines

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 Level 3 Print Technician Apprenticeship Standard.

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

Throughout your time as an apprentice, you will be supported by both Print Leeds 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 a combination of site-based and remote delivery.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Full-time position available upon successful completion of the apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


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

Things to consider

Personal qualities: • Positive attitude • Self-motivated • Enthusiastic • Able to work under own initiative • Ability to learn • Ability to question 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

Established in 2001, Print-Leeds is a specialist printing house producing wet-glue labels, hot foil printing, UV lithographic on plastics and digital print. The labels division prints wet glue labels – wrap-around, square cut, punched and tube wrapped – which can, if necessary, be hot foil stamped or embossed. These paper labels are printed using UV or conventional inks with a gloss or matt varnish and are predominately for the beer, water and food industries. Our recent investment in new technology means we are one of the most advanced label printer in the UK.







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Training provider



Lucy Kirkbride

Apprenticeship standard

Print technician

Level 3 (A level)

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