Apprentice Print Technician LABELNET LTD

This is a fantastic opportunity to train as a Print Technician with a well-established business. Learning all aspects of the print room, our apprentice will become a competent and efficient member of our busy team

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Closing date: 07 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £246 per week.

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    30 Months

  • Possible start date

    13 May 2024

  • Date posted

    23 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

You will gain an understanding of the following:

  • The printing industry and its markets
  • How the business operates including its culture, values, processes and how you fit in
  • Technical knowledge and print industry practices, processes and the materials used to carry out the occupation effectively, e.g. practices can include maintenance and continuous improvement; processes include printing, quality assurance and colour management
  • Pre-press, press and post-press processes and equipment and the commercial impact of their role e.g. ensuring that printed material is presented to post-press in perfect condition
  • Customers’ expectations in terms of order specification and timescales
  • Quality expectations and how they are managed
  • How best to solve problems and implement practical solutions in a timely manner

You will be taught the following skills:

  • Efficiently operate print machinery and equipment according to the order specification and timescale
  • Follow a structured approach and methodology to identify areas for improvement, proposing and implementing solutions
  • Carry out work to required quality standards, targets and deadlines. Standards include colour matching, print resolution and matching customer specification and individual company standards
  • Keep accurate records using both digital and manual processes as required
  • Communicate and work effectively with others, including giving clear instructions to colleagues
  • Implement practical solutions in a timely manner
  • Ability to supervise and instruct print operatives
  • Ability to take the lead as required

You will learn the following behaviours in the workplace and will be expected to demonstrate these:

  • Willing to both listen and learn. Be dependable, reliable and flexible
  • Perform role in a safe manner by following company policies and guidelines
  • Work effectively with others in a team
  • Carry out work with integrity and discretion
  • Work with others to create improvements
  • Work with other departments and teams to provide support of a technical nature as required
  • Open to new ideas such as new technologies and working practices
  • Follow process and procedures to ensure that work meets specifications
  • Report consistently and accurately
  • Communicate effectively and recognises the importance of good communication

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 Print Technician will have a strong core of knowledge covering the print production process, including paper science, pre-press, press and post-press, and will specialise and supplement this core knowledge by following one of the three options; Pre-Press Technician, Press Technician or Post-Press Technician.

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 Labelnet 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.

Functional Skills in English and maths if required.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Full time position within the business upon completing the apprenticeship. This could be wherever best suited.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Positive approach, Adaptable, Enthusiastic


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

Things to consider

It is essential candidates have a driving licence and access to their own transport, as there are a lack of public transport links around the employer's premises.

About the employer

Well established business based in Ongar, Essex with 22 years’ experience of manufacturing self-adhesive labels. Working with large brands and small business owners to create bespoke packaging using flexographic and digital printing processes.








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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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