Pre-Press Operative Apprenticeship THE MANSON GROUP LTD

Excellent opportunity to join a fast-paced, established company in the publication print sector as a pre-press apprentice. Pre-press is the first stage of production, conducting the procedures from design creation to the printing process. Our company started in 1969 and we have spent the last five decades perfecting the art of publication printing.

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Closing date: 10 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £307.69 per week.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, specific shift times to be agreed with successful candidate.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    17 Jun 2024

  • Date posted

    02 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

As part of the role, your responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting our pre-press operators in dealing with customer requirements.
  • Processing customer artwork in PDF format.
  • The design and maintenance of workflows, both automated and manual, to speed the passage of work from order to the making of printing plates (the next stage of the production process).
  • You will also gain experience in direct dealings with clients regarding specifying and servicing their production requirements.

The training you will be getting

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, the qualification obtained will be a L2 Print Operative Apprenticeship standard (pre-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 The Manson Group 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 a combination of site-based and remote delivery.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Once your apprenticeship is completed there are opportunities to develop within the department. Career progression is encouraged within our business and opportunities can arise in other parts of the company and our employees are always encouraged to develop as much as they want.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Team working, Initiative


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

Things to consider

There is some manual handling in the production of plates and machinery needs to be kept clean and maintained.

About the employer

A print producer of publications for B2B and consumer markets based in Hertfordshire.











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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 operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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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