Print and printed packaging

Print and printed packaging

“Playing a vital role in the printing process to produce printed matter such as packaging”

Print and printed packaging serves central and local government, financial services, retailing, distribution, travel and tourism and the manufacturing industry. The industry has a long history of apprenticeships and these have developed over time to cater for the rapid changes in both products and technology. Your job will vary greatly according to your employer’s business. There are a variety of roles available, but they are all split into pre-press, machine printing, print finishing, print administration and reprographics. Pre-press and administration roles tend to focus on computer work and be office-based, and both printing and finishing are highly practical and skilled areas of work. Roles in these areas range from entry-level proofing technician and machine assistant, to the more experienced machine printer, pre-press operator or graphic designer.

Duration: 12 to 36 months

Relevant school subjects: Art and DT

Entry requirements: GCSEs, including English and maths

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs; Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £22,000 per annum