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Machine Print Advanced Apprenticeship at Leicester College

Course description

A Print Technician produces a range of printed goods. They can efficiently and safely operate print machinery and equipment to produce print products according to the order specification and make sure it is produced on time. To do this they will need to know the different types of print materials and technologies, so they can make sure that standards including colour matching, print resolution, customer specification and individual company standards are met. In carrying out their role they know how to and can produce risk assessments and safely handle hazardous materials to ensure a safe working environment that complies with health safety and environmental requirements at all times. To manage the production process they are able to keep accurate records using both digital and manual processes as required, and can communicate and work effectively with others, including giving clear instructions to colleagues. They can operate complex machinery in the part of the production process for their specific job role and use their technical judgement to optimise production, maintain machinery and to resolve production problems and improve performance.

Course content

NVQ Level 3 Certificate in Print Finishing – General Print Candidates must achieve 23 credits from the mandatory units and a minimum of 8 credits from the optional units. Mandatory common units 301 Promote and maintain Health and Safety in a print environment (4 credits) 302 Contribute to improving the effectiveness of the print organisation (5 credits) 303 Plan work to meet production requirements (4 credits) 305 Understanding the print industry (4 credits) 306 Maintain print equipment in working order (6 credits) Optional technical units 224 Set and run auto-packing, storage or palletising equipment (3 credits) 228 Materials handling, transportation and storage in the print environment (4 credits) 232 Set and run wire binding machinery (3 credits) 233 Set and run booklet making machinery (5 credits) 240 Set and run multi-knife trimming machinery (4 credits) 241 Set and run multiple hopper feeders (4 credits) 244 Set and run laminating equipment (4 credits) 245 Set and run slitting and re-reeling equipment - adhesive label production (3 credits) 314 Manage adhesive binding machinery (4 credits) 315 Manage cutting and creasing machinery (9 credits) 317 Manage foil blocking machinery (5 credits) 318 Manage insetting-stitching-trimming machinery (9 credits) 319 Manage guillotines (9 credits) 320 Manage mail processing machinery (5 credits) 321 Manage casing-in machinery (7 credits) 322 Manage case making machinery (6 credits) 323 Manage folding machinery (8 credits) 324 Manage auto-fed sewing machinery (7 credits

Entry requirements

You must have completed a level 2 diploma A-C GCSE in Maths and English


College delivery (16-24 years): Your apprentice can start the programme in September or March; they will attend College for a minimum of one day per month, where they will work towards the theory and practical elements of the courses. An additional 3 days per year will also take place to allow for key skills and any required exams. A Trainer/Assessor will visit the learner in their workplace approximately every 6 weeks to observe the NVQ elements.On-site delivery Adult Apprenticeships (25 plus and national delivery) we can deliver the Apprenticeship to your learners in your workplace, they will be visited Bi- monthly by a Trainer who will cover the practical requirements, and Bi- Monthly Smart sessions to cover knowledge and understanding. We will need access to the learner for that day and a dedicated room to work in. To be eligible for this mode of delivery we generally require a minimum of two learners per pathway.During all Apprenticeship sign ups an individual training plan is created, this plans the dates for the forthcoming year and includes days at college, theory sessions and NVQ visits. The Trainer will prepare this with both the learner and yourself to ensure that you agree with the plan.The learners’ progress whilst on the scheme is closely monitored, you will be provided with written feedback after every assessment/visit, and receive a formal review with the Trainer, learner and yourself every 12 weeks.

Financial information

Material fee £0. There will be an additional cost for EPA

Future opportunities

A qualified Print Technician can apply their core skills and knowledge to develop into careers in production, sales and management in UK and worldwide print. The Print Technician will have a strong core of knowledge covering the print production process, including paper science, pre-press, press and post-press, and will specialise and supplement this core knowledge by following one of the three options; Pre-Press Technician, Press Technician or Post-Press Technician.

Further information

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 28 September 2018
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