Apprentice Post-Press Print Technician (Level 3) HANDY BRAND UK LTD

You will be part of a small team, working closely with a dedicated staff member to gain a thorough understanding of your role. Adaptability is key. The role includes operating different machinery to create premium product finishes, guillotining labels and swing tags to size and adding drill holes and eyelets to tags.

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Closing date: 31 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Salary - £15,000-£16,000 Once employed for a year, you will become part of our Employee Ownership Trust. This allows you to share ownership of a percentage of the business and its profits. You will have the opportunity to earn a bonus.

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 09:00 - 17:30, including a 30-minute lunch break.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    30 Months

  • Possible start date

    03 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    25 Sep 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Within your post-press role, you will focus on:

  • Finishing our printed sticky labels and swing tags
  • Operating different machinery to create premium product finishes
  • Guillotining labels and swing tags to size
  • Adding drill holes and eyelets to tags
  • Cutting circular or oval swing tags to the correct shape and size

You will work closely with experienced members of the team to learn the intricacies of your role. 

The successful candidate will have an interest in a practical, hands-on role, an interest in the creative sector, the ability to adapt to support our team efficiently, an eye for detail and methodical organisation skills. Feeling comfortable with operating large machinery, excellent communication skills and quick problem-solving capabilities are also desirable.

We are looking for an applicant with a polite, responsible attitude and a willingness to learn from others in a fast-paced environment. If you can use your initiative to think on your feet, have an eye for detail and are honest and trustworthy, you will fit right in!

The training you will be getting

  • During this three-year apprenticeship (on average), you will work alongside a dedicated team member, mirroring them and assisting where necessary
  • You will also undergo off-the-job training, including research and written tasks, to give you a broader understanding of the print industry
  • All off-the-job training will take place in-house, weekly, within your set working hours
  • You will be allocated a dedicated BPIF training coordinator to ensure your progress throughout your time as an apprentice
  • After successfully completing your apprenticeship, you will be awarded a Level 3 Print Technician (post-press pathway) qualification

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • We would be looking to keep successful apprentices employed within Handy Brand, either as a qualified print finisher or we would explore other avenues within the company
  • If staying on with Handy Brand is not part of your career journey, there will be many other options within print you can explore. The print industry is constantly evolving, and your practical skills learnt during this apprenticeship will be transferrable elsewhere

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Number skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Patience, Punctual, Responsible, Adaptable, Honest


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

Things to consider

We are looking for a candidate to start the role as soon as possible, the vacancy will close early if the right candidate is found. Apply early to avoid disappointment. Key questions to consider in your application: What are your main aspirations once you are in your role? What positive attributes do you have to better our team? This is a practical and active role where you will be operating machinery and potentially moving heavy stock around.

About the employer

We are an established printing company, specialising in the production of bespoke sticky labels and swing tags for businesses and individual customers. With 15 years of experience, our small team of dedicated staff work tirelessly to maintain our 4.9-star rating!







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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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