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Apprentice Pre Press Operator COMMUNISIS PLC

Working within a small team the main aim is to fulfil press room requirements by ensuring plate output is to schedule. This includes gaining a full understanding of all latest plate making processing techniques and a thorough knowledge of lay downs and press room impositions.

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Closing date: 24 Feb 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 8:30-16:30

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    27 Feb 2023

  • Date posted

    16 Dec 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Observing, learning and understanding a wide range of activities and skills and processes while under the instruction of skilled technical staff.
  • Work beside a team of skilled personnel to ensure the output of quality plates and full maintenance of the plate processing line.
  • The Operator will regularly discuss with their Manager/tutor their performance
  • Communicate with Operations to ensure continuous supply of plates to press is maintained and work together to resolve any issues
  • Take a proactive approach to improving workplace safety, reporting hazard observations and implementing preventative measures.
  • Maintain a flexible approach to fulfil the requirements of the department, with the objective of maximising production efficiencies and meeting agreed production and or learning targets.
  • Ensure work is produced at optimum quality for delivery on time, in full, in accordance with customer requirements, the production plan and internal work instructions/process documentation.
  • Follow all documented procedures appropriate to the work area or process with regard to Quality, Health & Safety, Environment & Information Security.

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

Print technician level 3

33 months plus 3 months EPA

This apprenticeship will be delivered through a mixture of college and work based learning. Successful candidates will attend our Printworks Campus one day per week to learn the skills/ knowledge required to be successful within this role. They will also receive a visit once a month in their place of work from their assessor, where delivery will take place on a one to one basis.

Employers must satisfy themselves that apprentices are ready for their end point assessment. Apprentices must demonstrate that they meet the following criteria:

●     Achieved a minimum Level 2 English and Maths.

●     Satisfactory completion of the formal training plan agreed with the apprentice by the employer.

●     Sufficient evidence in the form of a portfolio to allow the apprentice to consistently demonstrate knowledge, skills and behaviours as described in the standard.

●     Complete a minimum of 20% of their contracted hours allocated to off the job training.

The end-point assessment is synoptic and takes place at the end of the apprentice’s learning and development (final three months).  It will consist of a performance assessment in the workplace - logbook / portfolio of evidence. Knowledge/practical assessments and assignments.

These are carried out after the apprentice has met the required criteria to pass the Gateway process. The apprenticeship is graded a pass, distinction or fail based on performance in the end-point assessment.

Functional Skills qualifications (If required):

• Functional Skill in English

• Functional Skill in Maths

+ Employment Rights and Responsibilities

+ Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

This standard will meet the professional standards of the Engineering Council for registration as Engineering Technician (Eng Tech) by an appropriate Professional Engineering Institution.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Becoming part of a growing company in the engineering department. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Patience, Physical fitness


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

About the employer

Communications company delivering memorable brand engagement in print, in-store, online and through live experiences.




Communisis House

Manston Lane


LS15 8AH

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Training provider



Leeds City College Apprenticeship team

0113 284 6464

Apprenticeship standard

Print technician

Level 3 (A level)

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