Apprentice Print Operative WADDINGTON & LEDGER LTD

An outstanding opportunity to join a professional team at Waddington & Ledger working in the graphics industry. As an Apprentice Digital Print Operative, you will be taught industry core knowledge and go on to run small and large format digital printing, machinery, CAD cutting tables and finishing equipment.

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Closing date: 27 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Starting from £10,400 annual wage. 26 days annual holiday entitlement plus public holidays. We offer a company pension scheme and after 6 months you will be eligible for company profit share scheme and sick pay scheme.

  • Working week

    Monday to Thursday - 09.00 to 16.30. Friday 09.00 to 15.00. Specific working hours can be flexible.

    Total hours per week: 36

  • Expected duration

    30 Months

  • Possible start date

    03 Jul 2023

  • Date posted

    26 Apr 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

In addition to the Apprenticeship Standard syllabus, you will:

  • Receive hands on training on both small and large format printers along with cutting and finishing equipment
  • Understand the processes and requirements of the printing industry
  • Develop technical knowledge of print industry practices
  • Deal with customer expectations, ensuring quality along with resolving problems
  • Setting up and running of digital printing presses and CAD cutting tables for production as well as carrying out various print finishing duties
  • Work in accordance with company quality procedures at all times to ensure compliance with working practices and standards
  • Once trained, you will have the ability to operate machinery in the most effective & safe manner
  • Notify supervisor of any discrepancies or errors
  • Ensure the allocated machinery/equipment you use is checked before use
  • Clean the machines and doing minor maintenance
  • Adhere to health and safety, environmental requirements and laws Under the supervision of a friendly and professional team who will support your training and give guidance as necessary

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 L3 Print Technician Apprenticeship Standard (press pathway).

The apprentice will be given sufficient time to undertake their "off-the-job" requirement of the apprenticeship during working hours. Throughout your time as an apprentice, you will be supported by both Waddington & Ledger 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. 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?

On successful completion of the apprenticeship there is a strong possibility of a full-time permanent position for the right candidate. As a member of the team, additional training would be available, with potential career progression for ambitious individuals.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Administrative skills, Attention to detail, Communication skills, Initiative, IT skills, Logical, Non judgemental, Number skills, Organisation skills, Team working


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

Things to consider

Desired skills - Good listening and communication skills, an ability to work under pressure, the ability to take the initiative - Excellent organisational and problem solving skills - Be methodical and well organised Personal qualities - A high level of self-motivation and commitment to training and professional development - You must be enthusiastic, with a positive and mature attitude - Punctual and reliable with a strong work ethic - Friendly - A willingness to keep up to date with changing equipment and techniques

About the employer

We are a multi-service print business that builds relationships with clients and works to give them exceptional service, regardless of their size or requirements. We create and produce marketing collateral for most market sectors across all print media. Our work can be seen on any high street, in any shopping centre and within many magazines and papers in the UK. W&L have been around since 1884 and are an extremely diverse and strong group which our employees benefit from being a part of. Our team work hard to enable our clients to sell more products, overcome challenges and grow market share. Making them look better than their competition along the way. We work with businesses and brands across a growing variety of industries including outdoor cooking, home improvement, engineering, and health.




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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Print technician

Level 3 (A level)

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