Apprentice Digital Printer THOMAS LEACH LTD

An outstanding opportunity to join a professional team in Abingdon, working in the graphics industry with digital printing equipment. Established in 1901, many apprentices have learned their trade at TLC. As Apprentice Digital Printer, you will be taught industry core knowledge and run small and large format digital printing machinery. Understand the culture, values and processes of the printing and graphic communication industry.

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Closing date: 25 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £5.50 per hour. A pay increase will be given after the first year of the apprenticeship.

  • Working week

    37.5 hours per-week. Monday - Friday, 08.30 - 16.30 with a one hour lunch break.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    30 Months

  • Possible start date

    26 Jun 2023

  • Date posted

    04 May 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 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
  • Understand the culture, values and processes of the printing and graphic communication industry
  • Develop technical knowledge of print industry practices
  • Deal with customer expectations, resolving problems and ensuring quality
  • Transfer data files, setting up digital presses for production and 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, show you 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

You will work under the supervision of a friendly 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.

Throughout your time as an apprentice, you will be supported by both TL Colour 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 is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

A successfully qualified apprentice will be offered a full-time position as a Digital Printer at TLC Abingdon.

As a professional member of the team, optional training in other departments will be available, with potential career progression for ambitious individuals.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


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

Things to consider

Vacancy will close early if the right candidate is found - apply early to avoid disappointment. Please note you may be contacted via e-mail for interview.

About the employer

With over 120 years’ experience in professional printing, we combine the very latest cutting edge technologies with a traditional family-based approach to customer service.






OX14 1RL

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Training provider



Lucy Kirkbride

Apprenticeship standard

Print technician

Level 3 (A level)

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