Print Finishing Apprenticeship HARLOW PRINTING LIMITED

Excellent opportunity to work for a reputable print company established in 1947, based in South Shields. This is an exciting prospect for an apprentice to develop a broad understanding of print finishing in our production department, running machinery to carry out a range of finishing processes on printed products.

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Closing date: 27 Mar 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday 8.00am - 4.30pm, with one hour for lunch.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    30 Months

  • Possible start date

    03 Apr 2023

  • Date posted

    23 Feb 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

As a print finishing technician, you will use precision cutting, binding, foiling, laminating, and packing equipment to complete the final product for the client.

Duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Inspecting printed materials to verify quality
  • Reading works tickets to determine instructions and specifications for machine set-up
  • Adjusting bindery machines, such as knives, guides or clamps, to accommodate sheets of specified sizes
  • Trimming edges of printed sheets to size, using cutting machines, book trimming machines, or hand cutters
  • Monitoring machine operations to detect malfunctions or to determine whether adjustments are needed
  • Cleaning and repairing production equipment and tools
  • Setting up and operating machines that perform binding operations, such as pressing, folding, or trimming
  • 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 Level 3 Print Technician apprenticeship standard (post-press pathway). The apprentice will be given sufficient time to undertake their "off-the-job" requirement of the apprenticeship during their normal working hours.

Throughout your time as an apprentice, you will be supported by both Harlow Printing 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 remote and site based.

Candidates who do not have the required level of maths and/or English will be required to complete Functional Skills as part of their apprenticeship.

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.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Desired

Things to consider

We require an enthusiastic and sociable individual who has excellent communicative skills and the desire to succeed. They must also be able to work as part of a team though be equally capable working on their own initiative.

About the employer

Harlow Printing was founded in South Shields in 1947. It has grown from a local print shop to become a national supplier and distributor of print to both the private and public industry sectors. Harlow currently manufactures out of two main production sites utilising three factories; an administrative / management hub, a colour printing production site with a purpose built distribution centre and a direct mail logistics plant. From local businesses to the public sector (including the NHS), we have worked with a broad and diverse range of customers. Using the latest printing technology we provide the highest quality print solutions and with a dedicated design studio we are ready to provide bespoke products when you need them.




Harlow Printing Ltd

7-21 Maxwell Street

NE33 4PU

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Print technician

Level 3 (A level)

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