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Apprentice Pre-Press Print Technician (Level 3) HANDY BRAND UK LTD

This intermediate qualification encourages growth and knowledge in the print industry. You will be part of a small team, working closely with a dedicated staff member to gain a thorough understanding of your role. Adaptability is key. You will support all aspects of the print process whilst growing your confidence in your daily responsibilities.

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Closing date: 16 Dec 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Once employed with us for a year, you will become part of our Employee Ownership Trust. This allows you to share ownership of a percentage of our business and its profits. You will have the opportunity to earn a bonus each year.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, 9.00 to 17.30, including a 30-minute lunchbreak.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    30 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Jan 2023

  • Date posted

    23 Sep 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Main responsibilities:

  • Setting up artwork ready for onward production, i.e. a print-ready electronic file; plate; cylinder or screen)
  • Design and production of creative digital artwork appropriate for print production
  • Creating designs to customers' bespoke requirements

You will work closely with experienced designers to learn the intricacies of your role. 

Alongside this, you will be expected to learn how to operate our digital printing machines. This will encourage a broader understanding of the print process to apply to your daily responsibilities. 

The successful candidate will have an interest in a creative, customer-focused role and the ability to adapt to support our team efficiently. An eye for detail and methodical organisation skills are important. Excellent communication skills and quick problem-solving capabilities are also desirable. We are looking for an applicant with a polite, responsible attitude and a willingness to learn from others. If you can use your initiative, are naturally creative and are honest and trustworthy, this role is for you!

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

During this three-year apprenticeship (on average), you will work alongside a dedicated team member, mirroring them and assisting where necessary. You will also undergo off-the-job training, including research and written tasks, to give you a broader understanding of the print industry. All off-the-job training will take place in-house, weekly, within your set working hours. 

You will be allocated a dedicated BPIF Training Coordinator to ensure your progress throughout your time as an apprentice.

After successfully completing your apprenticeship, you will be awarded a Level 3 Print Technician (pre-press pathway) qualification.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

We would be looking to keep successful apprentices employed within Handy Brand, either as a qualified Artworker, or we would explore other avenues within the company. 

If staying on with Handy Brand is not part of your career journey, there will be many other options within print you can explore. The print industry is constantly evolving, and your practical skills learnt during this apprenticeship will be transferrable elsewhere.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Number skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Patience, Punctual, Responsible, Adaptable, Honest


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

Things to consider

We are looking for a candidate to start the role as soon as possible, the vacancy will close early if the right candidate is found. Apply early to avoid disappointment. Key questions to consider in your application: What are your main aspirations once you are in your role? What positive attributes do you have to better our team? This role will require methodical planning, organisation and a keen eye for detail. Although it is not physically laborious, you will need to remain focused at all times.

About the employer

We are an established printing company, specialising in the production of bespoke sticky labels and swing tags for businesses and individual customers. With 15 years of experience, our small team of dedicated staff work tirelessly to maintain our 4.9-star rating!







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Training provider



Lucy Kirkbride

Apprenticeship standard

Print technician

Level 3 (A level)

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