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Print Operative Apprentice ALLPAY LIMITED

We have an excellent opportunity for a Print Operative Apprentice to join the allpay cards team. Launched in 2008, allpay cards has become one of the fastest growing and most trusted brands in plastic card manufacturing in the UK, with the reputation for delivering a bespoke and high-quality service to clients.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 19 Dec 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    After successful completion of the first year of the apprenticeship, the salary will increase to £19,729.13 p.a.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 4.00pm.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Jan 2023

  • Date posted

    6 days ago

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Day to day the apprentice will be assisting the Pre-press team in supporting the wider business. Duties will include:


  • Card Design meetings with Account Mangers and clients
  • Creating artwork for cards and associated stationery, packaging, carriers, envelopes etc.
  • Proofing and suppling visuals for clients
  • Working with external suppliers to receive quotations and placing orders for stationery
  • Submitting Card Designs for approval to Mastercard and Visa
  • Engineering of print ready files for manufacturing along with generation of job bags and stock orders



  • Printing of Smart Cards as per specifications and production proof ensuring that job meets Card Quality Management requirements
  • Plan Daily Print production in line with production schedule and delivery date, ensuring best set up process to ensure the most efficient set up whilst ensuring SLA’s are met
  • Responsible for housekeeping of the Lithographic print area and imaging area in line with Health and Safety requirements and lean manufacturing
  • Ensuring quality standards within print production to include the creation, recording, archiving and management of master sheets


Screen Printing

  • Printing of Smart Cards as per specifications and proof
  • Preparation of screens – including imaging
  • Ensuring quality standards for production and records of Masters
  • Creating and managing a sample library to include ink codes, suppliers, mesh counts, printing speeds
  • Ensuring waste ink is correctly disposed of, in line with Health and Safety and Environmental procedures

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

As part of this role, you will be working towards achieving Level 2 Print Operative qualification.

This will give you the foundations to start your career in print, and on completion you will be confident in assisting in the production of a printed product or component.

To deliver the training we have partnered with BPIF Training, and the course is delivered over two years.

The majority of training will be delivered onsite in our Hereford Office, but please note occasional travel to Coventry for training may be required.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

This is a permanent role and depending on your chosen route, you will be working towards becoming Assistant Pre-press Technician, or Assistant Print Technician at the end of the apprenticeship.

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, Administrative skills, Team working, Creative, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C or equivalent) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C or equivalent) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Art and Design (Grade 4/C or equivalent) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Computer Science (Grade 4/C or equivalent) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Design and Technology (Grade 4/C or equivalent) Desired

Things to consider

The successful candidate will be curious and keen to learn and develop new skills. You will work collaboratively and communicate well with other team members and managers to resolve issues. You should have the ability to work effectively under tight deadlines and pressure. You will be organised and aware of the importance of good housekeeping procedures. You must have the ability to adapt to changing situations.

About the employer

We are the market leader of payment services within the UK public and social housing sector, providing our range of payment channels to more than 50% of UK local authorities and 90% of the UK's top 200 housing associations. People are at the heart of any successful business and here at allpay, we believe it is no different. We want our customers to be happy and that means keeping our employees happy too. We hire talented people who are enthusiastic about giving a great service.




Fortis Et Fides

Whitestone Business Park

Whitestone Hereford


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Training provider



Lucy Kirkbride

Apprenticeship standard

Print operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 19 Dec 2022