Pre-Press Technician - Technical Office Apprentice SAICA PACK UK LIMITED

The apprenticeship is perfect for someone with creative vent to work with one the UK's biggest corrugated box manufacturer to create bespoke packaging solutions for a range for different customers, using a range of tools to support packaging development.

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Closing date: 15 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £327 per week.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, 09.00 to 16.30 (flexible).

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    30 Months

  • Possible start date

    18 Mar 2024

  • Date posted

    09 Jan 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The apprentice will be working in the Technical/Design office, helping to create solution to customer packaging requirement. This will include:

  • Making prototype samples
  • Creating design use 3 main design tools, CAD, palletisation software and board grade calculation software
  • Raising specification in the SAP system
  • Working with different departments to ensure the correct solution for both the factory and the customer.

As an apprentice, you will gain an understanding of the manufacturing processes, including:

  • Corrugated board manufacturing
  • Case makers
  • Die cutters (rotary and flat bed)
  • Understanding of the different print process
  • Creation of different pack design

The training you will be getting

Most of your on-the-job training will be spent in the Technical (Design) office learning the process of pack design including:

  • Board grade selection
  • Selecting the right pack style / profile
  • Creating the design in CAD
  • Raising specification in SAP
  • Cutting the prototype samples

The apprentice will spend time in production understanding the different machines what they can manufacture and the did process they use. There may be the opportunity to visit customers and understand their manufacturing process, the help with the development of the pack design. Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, the qualification obtained will be a Level 3 Print Technician Apprenticeship Standard (Pre-Press pathway).

The apprentice will be given sufficient time to undertake their "off-the-job" requirement of the apprenticeship during their working hours. You will be assigned a BPIF training coordinator who will work with you throughout your apprenticeship to ensure that you have the best training and support available. Most training and studying will be a combination of regular site-based visits at the employer's premises and occasional remote delivery.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, a full-time role may be available, subject to business needs

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Administrative skills, Analytical skills, Attention to detail, Communication skills, Creative, Customer care skills, Initiative, IT skills, Logical, Number skills, Organisation skills, Patience, Presentation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working


GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 5) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 5) Essential

Things to consider

The role is mainly office based with some travel to customers and to the sister production site at Newport Wales. The role will require IT skills as all of the tools we use are computer based.

About the employer

Founded in 1943, Saica Pack leads initiatives in the main markets. We care about our customers' products therefore our teams develop end-to-end solutions to add value to their packaging. Present in 11 countries & continues to grow, with 10,232 employees across the group. Our Mission: to provide sustainable paper solutions for corrugated board and packaging, while developing circularity in waste management. Our Values: - We Care: Sustainable and Profitable Growth, Safety, Environment, Long-term investments and results - We Value: Commitment and Teamwork, People Development, Quality, Service, Continuous Improvement - We Challenge: Innovation, Efficiency, Development, R+D+i Technology




Saica Pack UK Ltd

Colthrop Lane

RG19 4NH

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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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