Apprentice Pre-Press Digital Technician WILLIAM POLLARD & CO LTD

A fantastic opportunity to learn a technical role and acquire expert knowledge in the latest graphics software. The successful candidate will not only develop their computer and software skills but also gain an expert understanding of the broad range of advanced manufacturing techniques applied within the cutting-edge printing industry sector.

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Closing date: 10 Jul 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Starting at apprenticeship National Minimum Wage of £198.00 per week for the first year. National minimum wage for your age group after the first year of the apprenticeship. Other increases subject to sustained progress,

  • Working week

    5 days/8 hours per day which includes statutory 30-minute unpaid lunch break. Exact working days and hours TBC

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    30 Months

  • Possible start date

    17 Jul 2023

  • Date posted

    12 May 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Working for a specialist printing company conveniently located in Exeter with excellent public transport links. The factory is only five minutes' walk from the nearby railway station and bus stops; and for cyclists, ideally situated on Exeter's cycle path network.

The apprentice will work within our production department under the supervision of a small, friendly and supportive team.

Pre-Press services:

  • Pre-flight and checking customer-supplied digital artwork
  • Creation of new digital artwork and amending existing digital artwork
  • Software processing of variable digital data
  • Providing customers with both digital and high-quality printed proofs
  • Plan each job for various lithographic and digital printing processes
  • Processing printing plates and transporting them to printing presses
  • Completion of paperwork associated with each job bag
  • Maintenance and cleaning of various equipment

Other digital services and solutions:

  • Set up and run various digital printing machines
  • Set up and run various mailing equipment

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.

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 Pollards 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 a combination of site-based and remote delivery.

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?

Qualify as a Pre-Press Digital Technician.

Progression into management.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Communication skills, Creative, Initiative, IT skills, Organisation skills, Presentation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working


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

Things to consider

The successful candidate should be confident and be able to speak up for themselves. This role involves some manual handling of various loads. Must be able to work accurately under instruction to deadlines and also able to work well under own supervision (before end of apprenticeship term). Good communication skills and aptitude for utilising computers. Software: An understanding of Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite or other graphics software could be an advantage; however, comprehensive software training will be provided for the successful candidate.

About the employer

Pollards Print are a lithographic and digital printer providing a full spectrum of printing, print finishing and in-house mailing services.




William Pollard & Company Ltd

Oak House

Falcon Road


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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Print technician

Level 3 (A level)

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