Competent to do the following:
- Efficiently operate print machinery and equipment according to the order specification and timescale e.g. print a colour magazine onto paper within 2 hours to meet the production schedule; fold a leaflet to specification and timeframe.
- Follow a structured approach and methodology to identify areas for improvement, proposing and implementing solutions.
- Carry out work to required quality standards, targets and deadlines. Standards include colour matching, print resolution and matching customer specification and individual company standards
- Keep accurate records using both digital and manual processes as required.
- Comply with health, safety and environmental requirements at all times. This includes the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (e.g. produce risk assessments and safely handle hazardous materials).
- Communicate and work effectively with others, including giving clear instructions to colleagues.
- Implement practical solutions in a timely manner.
- Ability to supervise and instruct print operatives. Ability to take the lead as required.
Understanding of the following:
- The printing and graphic communication industry and its markets.
- How the organisations in the printing industry work, including their culture, values, processes and how you fit in.
- Technical knowledge and print industry practices, processes & the materials used to carry out the occupation effectively, e.g. practices can include maintenance and continuous improvement; processes include printing, quality assurance and colour management; materials include mainly paper and board, but also plastic, metal and other materials.
- Pre-press, press and post-press processes and equipment and the commercial impact of their role e.g. ensuring that printed material is presented to post-press in perfect condition.
- Customers’ expectations in terms of order specification and timescales.
- Quality expectations and how they are managed.
- The print and graphic communications industry health, safety and environmental requirements and laws, including the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
- How best to solve problems and implement practical solutions in a timely manner.
- Willing to both listen and learn. Be dependable, reliable and flexible. Perform role in a safe manner by following company policies and guidelines.
- Work effectively with others in a team. Carry out work with integrity and discretion. Work with others to create improvements. Work with other departments and teams to provide support of a technical nature as required.
- Open to new ideas, i.e. new technologies and working practices.
- Follow process and procedures to ensure that work meets specifications. Report consistently and accurately.
- Communicate effectively and recognises the importance of good communication.
Options – To complete this standard, an apprentice must also complete one option: Pre-Press Technician, Press Technician or Post-Press technician.
Apprentices must achieve level 2 English and Maths prior to taking their endpoint assessment.
Typically 3 years.
This is a level 3 apprenticeship.
Originally published on Gov.uk, this information has been re-used under the terms of the Open Government Licence.";