Apprentice Print Finishing Operative MBA GROUP LIMITED

In this role you will learn how to operate a variety of machinery within the finishing department. The individual will gain mechanical knowledge of the machines as preventative maintenance will form part of the training. You will be exposed to other areas of the business to help overall knowledge of the complete process.

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Closing date: 05 Dec 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Salary will be subject to incremental pay increases throughout the apprenticeship.

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 16:30.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    30 Months

  • Possible start date

    11 Dec 2023

  • Date posted

    26 Sep 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The Finishing Department are responsible for trimming, stitching, folding & perfect binding of various printed products from Lithographic and digital departments in the production area.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Learn to set and operate various finishing equipment including guillotines, bindery machinery, saddle-stitch trimming machinery and folding machinery to deal with a range of finishing processes
  • Carry out sufficient quality checks to ensure output is accurate and error free
  • Liaising with various departments across the business, in particular Account Management and other Production departments
  • Respond to any issues in a timely manner
  • Perform required work on finishing printed material by hand and/or by machine in accordance with the company's Quality Control manual and procedures
  • Regularly spot-check the quality and standards of your work
  • Undertake and effect timely delivery of all campaign schedules
  • Learn to uphold the Company's Quality Control and sign off procedures
  • Communicate appropriately with supervisor and colleagues on work progress
  • Follow maintenance routines and ensure cleanliness of all equipment
  • To comply with all company procedures in relation to ISO accreditations and Health and Safety

The training you will be getting

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, the qualification obtained will be a Level 3 Print Technician Apprenticeship Standard (specialising in the post-press pathway). The apprentice will be given sufficient time to undertake their "off-the-job" requirement of the apprenticeship during their working hours. Throughout your time as an apprentice, you will be supported by both MBA Group Ltd and the BPIF Training to achieve the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the apprenticeship. You will be assigned a training coordinator who will work with you throughout your apprenticeship to ensure that you have the best training and support 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 regular site-based visits at the employer's premises and the occasional remote delivery. Candidates without the required level of maths and English will be required to complete Functional Skills alongside the apprenticeship.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, a full-time role may be available within the company, subject to business need. An apprenticeship in print provides a solid foundation to enter a skilled career in the print industry, with opportunities to progress into skilled technician positions leading into production management.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Communication skills, Creative, Customer care skills, Initiative, Logical, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working


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

Things to consider

The role requires the ideal candidate to be an effective communicator as they will be collaborating with the Finishing Department, Client Services and other areas of production when required.

About the employer

MBA is a leading provider of marketing and communications in the UK. With 40 years' experience in the direct marketing, CRM and transactional communication industries, we take great pride in providing our clients with a variety of tailored solutions and cost-effective services that are proven to improve the quality of their customer communications, streamline processes, consolidate costs and ultimately, deliver a greater return on investment. While the print and secure handling of our clients' direct and transactional mail remains at the heart of our organisation, we continue to invest in-line with our clients' needs and developments in the marketplace to provide multichannel solutions for all our customer communications from a single source.




Mba Group Ltd

Mba House

Garman Road

N17 0HW

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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

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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