Print Finishing and Binding Apprentice CPI UK MANAGEMENT COMPANY LTD

CPI Group has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic Apprentice to join our dynamic Bindery team to develop as a skilled Bindery Operator and actively participate in a 26 Month apprenticeship in Mechanised Print Finishing and Binding.

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Closing date: 31 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £13,312.00 to £23,795.20

    Pay set at National Living Wage dependant on age.

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates
  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, double day shift pattern 6am-2pm / 2pm – 10pm .

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    26 Months

  • Possible start date

    10 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

The purpose of this role is to learn how to:

· Operate binding machines in the production of cased and flush books · Operate a single knife guillotine

· Understand the components and make-up of books

· How to make a book by hand


The position involves:

· Actively participate in your own development plan

· Work towards key performance standards but always recognizing that quality is paramount

· Ensure good house-keeping of area

The training you will be getting

Advanced Apprenticeship Standard for Print Technicians (Level 3)

A full plan will be created at the start of the Apprenticeship to provide information as to what you will be studying and when. Learn2print will deliver the theoretical knowledge for your Print Apprenticeship. You will attend a class each month for one full day at a local venue (this information will be provided on interview) This teaching and training will cover everything from health and safety and general industrial practices to specific industry practices. This will lead you to preparation for your end point assessment, consisting of an online exam, professional discussion and observation in the workplace. You will be allocated a designated tutor and workplace mentor who will support and guide you through the Apprenticeship.



What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Full time position upon successful completion of the Apprenticeship for the right candidate. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Pro-active approach, Personable, Able to build relationships, Able to follow instructions, Desire to learn


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Grade C/4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Grade C/4 or above) Essential

Things to consider

Previous manufacturing experience preferred, but not essential

About the employer

CPI Group are a pan-European book printer and distributor with 17 manufacturing sites based within the UK, France, Germany, and Spain. We work in numerous markets including Trade (printing millions of Harry Potters!), to printing books for the academic and educational markets delivering school books and books on demand.




Units 1, CPI Antony Rowe, Industrial estate,

4 Pegasus Way, Bowerhill, Melksham

SN12 6TR

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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


Jeanette Vickers


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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