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Print and printed packaging apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the print and printed packaging sector.

The printing industry has a long history of apprenticeships that have developed to cater for the rapid changes in both products and technology.

Training opportunities

You’ll be trained in the print process to know about design, inks, paper and printing presses. You could also carry out quality checks and deal with customers.

Since many things are printed by the million, it’s essential that work is produced accurately and reliably

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of print and printed packaging apprenticeships.

Intermediate level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • scanning technician
  • proofing technician
  • pre-press technician/plate maker
  • desk top publisher
  • machine printer
  • guillotine operator
  • folding machine operator
  • binding machine operator

Advanced level apprenticeship

You’ll take on more specialised roles like:

  • experienced scanning technician
  • experienced proofing technician
  • experienced pre-press technician/plate maker
  • experienced desk top publisher
  • experienced graphic/print designer
  • lead/experienced machine printer
  • experienced guillotine operator
  • experienced folding machine operator
  • experienced binding machine operator

Apply for a print and printed packaging apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education