Apprentice Lithographic Printer TIPOGRAFIC LIMITED

A fantastic opportunity to work as an apprentice within the print industry for a large independent label printer, using the latest technology machines within a fast-paced environment.

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Closing date: 15 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Shift rate (over 18): Weekly wage of £268.29 in the first year of apprenticeship. Under 18: Weekly wage of £233.51 in the first year of apprenticeship. Wage will increase after the first year of the apprenticeship.

  • Working week

    Specific days to be confirmed. Days (for applicants under 18) 09:00 – 17:00 (30 minute break) Shifts (for applicants 18 or over) 06:00 -13:30, 13:30 – 21:00.(20 minute break)

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    30 Months

  • Possible start date

    18 Mar 2024

  • Date posted

    10 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The apprentice will undergo training throughout the complete lithographic workflow, learning about our process whilst also being part of our fast-paced production environment. The main focus will be on lithographic printing methods and learning the offset technology.

Main duties will include:

  • Learning the process of plate making - what is involved and how it works. This is the process prior to printing
  • Learning how to operate machinery

The duties of a 'number 2' print assistant on the machine will include:

  • Preparing everything that is required for the press to keep going - paper, ink plates, blankets etc.
  • Understanding all company quality checks that are undertaken, relating to colour, label size, barcode checks, gloss level, grain direction
  • Ensure previous job retains are filed away correctly to be checked when required
  • General waste, cardboard waste and paper waste is kept tidy around workstation
  • Changing impression waste and blanket wash cloths within the press
  • Changing print blankets within the press

Throughout the career of an apprentice, the expectation is to progress though the role of being a ‘number 2’ minder on the press to becoming a leading hand – or ‘number 1’. The ‘number 1’ is in charge of everything around their equipment whilst on shift, they are expected to understand the machine in great detail, as well as instructing the second minder ('number 2').

The training you will be getting

  • Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, the qualification obtained will be a Level 3 Print Technician Apprenticeship Standard
  • Functional Skills in English and maths if required
  • 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 Tipographic 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 to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • On completion of the apprenticeship, the role of a full-time 'number 1' printer will be available for the successful candidate

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Team working, Initiative, Motivated, Enthusiastic, Mechanical aptitude, Good hand-eye coordination


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

A well establish label printer based in the northwest of England. Tipographic are continually investing in state-of-the-art equipment since 1989, giving them an unrivalled range of printing and finishing facilities for their customers across the food and drink, newspaper and magazine, gift card and telecommunications sectors.




Morpeth Wharf


CH41 1LF

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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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