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Level 2 Machine Print Apprenticeship at Leeds City College

Course description

As an apprentice machine printer, you will contribute to the preparation and set up of equipment and safely operate presses and machines to produce items such as books, magazines, newspapers, packaging materials, posters, leaflets etc.

You will also undertake quality checks to ensure conformance to correct specification.

Course content

In order to achieve a full apprenticeship you must successfully complete the different parts of the framework over 24 months.

This consists of sector related industry qualifications:

Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Machine Printing Litho route

Mandatory Units

  • Communicating and working with others in the print working environment
  • Keep equipment clean and in working order for use in the printing industry
  • Knowledge of the organisations' printing processes and related information
  • Maintain Health & Safety within a print related working environment
  • Set up and run machinery within the print industry

Optional Units

  • Set and run ancillary printing machine equipment
  • Prepare and maintain image carriers for printing
  • Set and run over printing machinery
  • Set and use ink drying equipment
  • Make llitho graphic printing plates
  • Prepare inks and coatings for printing
  • Set and run numbering, bar-coding or in-line data printing equipment
  • Set and run in-line converting or enhancing equipment
  • Set and run Die stamping printing machinery
  • Set and run in-line folding equipment
  • Set and run auto-packaging, storage or palletising equipment
  • Set and use reel handling equipment
  • Prepare and load sheet-fed substrates
  • Output digital image carriers for print
  • Set and run guillotines
  • Set and run booklet making machinery
  • Set and run in line automated stitch and trim equipment for newspaper and periodical production
  • Materials handling, transportation and storage within the print working environment
  • Set and run slitting and re-reeling equipment adhesive label production
  • Prepare stencils for printing
  • Make photopolymer plates for flexographic printing

The Optional units are chosen by the employer to reflect your job role

Level 2 Award in Printing and Graphic Communications City & Guilds

  • Working in a printing and graphic communications industry
  • Productivity, quality assurance and maintenance in machine printing and print finishing
  • The production Printing Process

Functional Skills qualifications

  • Level 1 Functional Skill in English
  • Level 1 Functional Skill in Maths
  • Level 1 Functional Skill in ICT

Employment Rights and Responsibilities

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Entry requirements

A rigorous recruitment and selections process is carried out to ensure that the aspiring apprentices are suited to enduring this exciting and challenging route of study. GCSE grade A-C in English and Maths would be an advantage.

However if you cannot provide evidence of this then you will be required to sit an online assessment test. Employment in a printing establishment.


A wide range of assessment methods are used in the workplace. Evidence reflects how you have carried out the process relating to your competence.

For example: The process that you carry out could be recorded in an observation or witness testimony. Products relating to your competence could be minutes of a meeting, e mails, letters, manufacturing instructions, photos and health and safety checks.

Different forms of questioning are carried out on an on-going part of the assessment process.

Future opportunities

Search and apply online for our current vacancies or alternatively you can complete the online application form or e-mail a copy of your cv to the Apprenticeship Recruitment Team.

Contact us on: T: 0113 216 2337 / 0113 308 7918


Further information

Apprenticeship routes can change throughout the year, keep up to date online

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 November 2017
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