This is a excellent opportunity for an individual with enthusiasm and drive. As a production apprentice, you will be working on everything from artwork and data files, to print presses, finishing equipment and enclosing lines. You will earn as you learn, combining practical training with study towards a Level 2 Print Operative Apprenticeship.

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Closing date: 21 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £296 per week

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, 08:30 to 17:00, which includes a 30-minute lunch break.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    24 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    13 Mar 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • To help keep the premises safe, clean and tidy - Set up, operate, monitor, troubleshoot and perform maintenance on the assigned machines
  • The set up and operation of machines must be done in accordance with established procedures and guidelines

Assist in the management of stock:

  • Ordering, storage and control
  • Complete associated paperwork and systems transactions, ensuring all paperwork pertaining to company stock is checked and processed in line with company procedures
  • Pack product to orders
  • Data input onto management systems
  • Assist with loading and unloading of delivery vehicles
  • Using of forklift, once trained
  • Using Mechanical Handling Equipment i.e. fork lift trucks to move goods around

Aid in the preparation of jobs for production:

  • Checking of stock, machine make-ready, verifying specifications
  • Working with colleagues to ensure Blue Print delivers the quality expected by clients
  • Participation to ensure good teamwork

The training you will be getting

  • Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, the qualification obtained will be a Level 2 Print Operative Apprenticeship Standard
  • The apprentice will be given sufficient time to undertake their "off-the-job" requirement of the apprenticeship
  • 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
  • Throughout your time as an apprentice, you will be supported by both Blue Print 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 site-based

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • As a production apprentice, you'll be doing the vital hands-on job of supporting, gaining valuable knowledge that will stand you in good stead for the rest of your career. You'll also be a crucial member of the organisation
  • A career in Print can be hugely rewarding in terms of job satisfaction, pay and benefits. An apprenticeship with Blue Print offers you the chance to gain a UK-recognised trade qualification as part of a challenging and unique career. Not only will you gain a recognised professional qualification, but upon completion you'll also have a guaranteed job in your chosen field

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Communication skills, Creative, Customer care skills, Initiative, IT skills, Number skills, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working


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

About the employer

Blue Print has been established since 1999. With many years of experience of supporting our customers: print and direct marketing requirements, meeting agreed outcomes; we continue to invest in: staff, equipment, and software, to ensure our continued innovative and reliable direct mail services. Blue Print Direct Mail offers a comprehensive range of direct mail services, using our on-site facilities, as well as working in close partnership with trusted and audited external suppliers to deliver immaculate campaigns from just 1 record to a million records (bulk mailings).




Unit 11, Wassage Way,

Hampton Lovett Industrial Estate

Lovett Road


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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Print operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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