Apprentice Print Finisher HARKWELL LABELS LTD

Harkwell are offering an exciting opportunity to join our fast-paced Label Company based in Poole as a Print Finisher Apprentice. As a Print Finisher you will communicate with multiple departments within the business and much much more!

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Closing date: 31 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wage to increase after successful completion of first year of apprenticeship.

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 8 hour shift. Times to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    30 Months

  • Possible start date

    03 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    04 Mar 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Post-press print technicians conduct finishing or post-press processes after printing. They are usually the final stages of creating a printed product. Through finishing, printed material is made into finished products.

The Print Finishing Department is full of experienced Finishers, who between them take great pride in their work that goes to the customer. The job role includes setting up machines, machine maintenance and problem solving, all of these ensure that high quality Labels are produced. Typical duties of a print finishing apprentice include:

  • Monitor and review production schedules to ensure that the work can be carried out in the correct running order, completed on time
  • Ensure that materials and consumables supplied are suitable for the job at hand
  • Operate print finishing equipment ensuring the output meets customer expectations and standards
  • Change and replace components as needed. For example, knives, heads, belts and drives

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 your employer and BPIF Training to achieve the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the apprenticeship through a structured training plan.

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. Most training and studying will be a combination of regular site-based visits at the employer's premises and 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

Potential permanent full time role upon successful completion of the apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Communication skills, Initiative, IT skills, Organisation skills, Patience, Problem solving skills, Team working


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

About the employer

Harkwell is a family run label and flexible packaging company based in Poole, Dorset. Harkwell Labels has Industry leading digital label printing and finishing technology and expertise to provide customers with a complete packaging solutions for their products for over 18 years.




Unit 2A

Aston Way

BH12 4FE

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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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