Apprentice Print Finisher PLATINUM PRINT LIMITED

This is a great opportunity for an apprentice to develop a broad understanding of print finishing in our production department. Working across all equipment the apprentice will be involved in finishing jobs, learning a variety of skills and techniques using our folding, stitching (booklet making), foiling and cutting equipment.

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Closing date: 31 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    This pay rate is above National Minimum Wage

    £300 per week (£15,600 p.r)

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, split shifts 6.00am - 2.00pm / 2.00pm - 10.00pm

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    30 Months

  • Possible start date

    03 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    05 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Print Finishing Technicians use precision cutting, binding, foiling, laminating and packing equipment to complete the final product for the client
  • Inspect printed materials or other images to verify quality
  • Read works instructions to determine instructions and specifications for machine set-up
  • Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements
  • Adjust bindery machines, such as knives, guides or clamps, to accommodate sheets, signatures, or books of specified sizes
  • Trim edges of printed sheets to size, using cutting machines, book trimming machines, or hand cutters
  • Trim excess material from workpieces
  • Monitor machine operations to detect malfunctions or to determine whether adjustments are needed
  • Watch operating equipment to detect malfunctions
  • Maintain records, such as daily production records
  • Record operational or production data. Using MIS (Management Information System)
  • Lubricate, clean, or make minor repairs to machine parts to keep machines in working condition
  • Set up or operate bindery machines
  • Set up or operate machines that perform binding operations, such as pressing, folding, or trimming
  • Operate equipment to print images or bind printed images together
  • Prepare finished products for shipping. There will also be opportunities to develop other print and finishing skills in our Large Format and Mailing Departments

The training you will be getting

  • Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, the qualification obtained will be a Level 3 Print Technician Apprenticeship Standard (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 Platinum Print and 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 will take place on-site at Platinum Print, with regular visits and occasional remote sessions with your BPIF training coordinator

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Upon successful completion of apprenticeship, a full time role will be available as a fully qualified Print Finisher. Company progression available

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Customer care skills, Initiative, IT skills, Logical, Non judgemental, Number skills, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working


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

Things to consider

A high level of self-motivation and commitment to training and professional development, You must be enthusiastic, with a positive and mature attitude. Punctual and reliable with a strong work ethic. Friendly!

About the employer

Platinum Print have been established in Harrogate since 1988. With a reputation for high quality, fast turnarounds, competitive prices and unrivalled customer service. Our extensive knowledge of production and colour management assures the quality and consistency of our litho, digital, large format printing and direct mailing is outstanding. Our in-house design and marketing team create outstanding visual communications as well as web design and development, email marketing design and management and a new addition is our web2print online ordering system. With nearly 40 employees, many being with us for many years. A conscientious employee will be rewarded a good rate of pay and a secure future.




Platinum Print Ltd

Park House

Hookstone Park


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Training provider


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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