Lithographic Printing Apprenticeship – Web Print Technician Clays Ltd

This 26 month apprenticeship will prepare the individual with the tools required for the operation of a Web Printing Machine in a busy, fast paced production environment. They will be skilled to understand the quality and performance criteria required and will gain skills to manage their machine crews effectively.

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Closing date: 30 Apr 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday, 8.00am - 4.00pm and Friday 8.00am - 1.30pm.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    26 Months

  • Possible start date

    06 May 2024

  • Date posted

    02 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

Are you Interested in a career within the Book Printing Industry?

We are seeking ambitious individuals who are keen to learn a trade in the printing industry to become a Lithographic Web Printing Technician at our Bungay factory. For the first time in many years, Clays are offering a comprehensive training and development plan, which charts your journey from entry level apprentice through to skilled printer. During your training period you will be continually assessed:

  • You will learn key printing skills
  • How to work to quality standards and deadlines to ensure that all orders meet internal quality standards

Communication is key:

  • You will learn to identify issues
  • Manage people who are part of your crew and escalate where appropriate

The successful candidates will embark on a 26 Month Print Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship at Clays. During this time:

  • You will be given the skills and qualifications required to become a fully qualified Number One Lithographic Printer in our Web Printing Department at our factory in Bungay
  • You will gain experience in all aspects of Lithographic Printing both in the classroom and practically on the shop floor with dedicated mentors and learning providers

The training you will be getting

A full plan will be formulated to give a progressive, structured training scheme. Training modules will be issued at each stage covering all aspects of on-site training with hands on experience. This will cover everything including health and safety and general industrial practices. Industry specific technical training will take place on every module offering the apprentice a unique opportunity to learn from industry professionals.

Training on each module will be to a required standard rather than a time limit. 


  • Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard qualification for Print Technician
  • One day per month study offsite workplace with Learn2print
  • Allocated assessor with regular visits to the workplace to review practical element of the apprenticeship

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • We would want to offer a permanent position at the end of their apprenticeship due to the investment we’ve made. This will be dependent on successful completion of the programme.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Patience, Reliable, Engineering Skills


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

About the employer

Clays have been manufacturing books for over two hundred years, producing some of the most well-known and best-selling titles in the UK, providing an invaluable service to a range of publishing clients. We look forward to welcoming you to our business.


Clays Ltd


Popson Street



NR35 1ED

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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


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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