Print Technician Apprenticeship Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

You need to be employed to start an Apprenticeship. Please visit our vacancy page or contact 01278 441234 if you have an employer. If you are unable to secure employment, you could enrol on a full-time study programme and transfer to an Apprenticeship at a later date. Please apply for a full-time course as your second option.

This Apprenticeship is for those whoare interested in producing a range of printed goods.You will become efficient and able to safely operate print machinery and equipment to produce print products according to the order specification and make sure it is produced on time.You will learn the different types of print materials and technologies to ensurethat standards, including colour matching, print resolution, customer specification and individual company standards are met.

You will gain an 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, eg. 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 eg. 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.

You will also become competentin the following:

  • Efficiently operate print machinery and equipment according to the order specification and timescale eg. print a colour magazine onto paper withintwo 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 (eg. 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, andtake the lead as required.

You will also specialise in one specific are, which are:

  • Pre-press
  • Press
  • Post-press

A proportion of your learning will take place within at College, where you will develop skills, meet as a group, understand the wider industry and improve technical knowledge and behaviours. The majority of your course will take place in industry, which will vary from employer to employer.

Most jobs combine a number of these aspects, but whichever job you choose to do, your Apprenticeship will be structured so that the training matches your job. You will work for your employer four days a week and train for one day a week either in-house or at College.

You can start this Apprenticeship at any time of year.

Assessment Methods

You will undertake an End Point Assessment by an external organisation which comprises of an observation and professional discussion. Your Assessor will obtain evidence that you meet the required standards throughout your training and are prepared for the assessment.

You will be appointed an Assessor who will visit you in the workplace and assess your progress. Some of these visits will provide you with evidence that you can use towards the qualification. One day a week you will work on your College coursework in order to gain underpinning knowledge.

Functional Skills in maths and English are required at Level 2, though some exemptions may apply.

Progression Options

On completion of the apprenticeship, you could find permanent employment or progression your studies to university level.

Course Summary

Course Title Print Technician Apprenticeship Level 3
Entry Requirements

You need GCSEs at grades C/4 and above in maths and English, and will
complete an initial assessment in maths and English. You also need a suitable
employer able and willing to support you during your Apprenticeship programme
and interest/experience in the vocational area.

Entry is subject to a successful formal application and

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My animation skills have improved greatly since I have been learning at BTC. The College uses specialist software such as Adobe Animate and the equipment we use is the same that is used in industry. Alongside my course I am a member of the BTC Animation Academy where we do even more animation and enter competitions.

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