Apprentice Screen Printer CATBIRD LTD

An exciting opportunity to join a multi-disciplinary printing company with over 30 years’ experience. As Apprentice Screen Printer, you will join a small, friendly team who work with a range of software and processed such as large-format printing, sign making and screen printing.

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Closing date: 15 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £6.50 per hour. A production bonus is possible. A child friendly working contract can be considered.

  • Working week

    The normal working week is Monday to Friday, 35 hours a week. Usual working hours are 10am-5pm. Weekend work is optional and will attract 25% extra.

    Total hours per week: 35.0

  • Expected duration

    30 Months

  • Possible start date

    18 Mar 2024

  • Date posted

    11 Jul 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Key duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Liaising with customers to recommend a viable form of printing such as large format, screen printing or sign making
  • Advise customers on estimated printing times, materials and quantities needed
  • Follow client briefs and instructions
  • Designing and making screen patterns
  • Developing an understanding of the different machinery and processes used throughout the business
  • Running jobs and performing quality checks throughout the process
  • Report any issues or quality discrepancies
  • Ensuring workspace is tidy and machinery is cleaned after each job
  • Ensure all documentation is completed accurately to ensure that a true record of work produced is available at all times
  • Creative with an eye for detail
  • Working as part of a team


The right candidate should ideally have some knowledge and/or experience of current professional manual and direct-to-garment (DTG) processes used in design and printing.

We are willing to consider committed people who are not fully trained or have the relevant experience in this field, providing they are willing undergo training.

Proposal to develop or extend the scope of work will be considered.

The training you will be getting

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.

Throughout your time as an apprentice, you will be supported by both Catbird 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 without the required level of maths and English will be required to complete Functional Skills as part of the apprenticeship.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship a full-time position will be available in the business.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Patience, Physical fitness


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

Things to consider

The ability to work with with your hands is essential. The successful candidate should be willing to learn new skills and work as a valuable member of a team. 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

We are a small, multi-disciplinary printing company based near Wembley Stadium with over 30 years of experience. A small team of friendly workers, we provide most of our facilities from under one roof. We use the latest software and large format printing, sign and screen printing processes. Due to challenges in the printing trade, we have maintained manual screen printing processes so that we can service clients at short notice.








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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


Lucy Kirkbride

Apprenticeship standard

Print technician

Level 3 (A level)

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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