Apprenticeship in Print

An Apprenticeship is a globally recognised qualification and is popular with employers who wish to invest in a successful future with qualified staff. The scheme is aimed at young people between 16 – 24 years of age and certificated by the Sector Skills Council, Pro-skills, City & Guilds & GQA.

Learn2print currently offers the apprenticeship scheme at  Level 2 (Intermediate), and Level 3 (Advanced), both levels are made up of 3 independently certified units:

  • Award in Printing and Graphic Communications (City and Guilds 5405)
  • National Vocational Qualifications (Practical Assessments in the workplace)
  • Functional Skills Maths and English (Candidates may be exempt dependant on prior learning)

Level 2 (Intermediate) Apprenticeship

This programme allows the candidate to select a specialism in the field of print, then work toward a recognised qualification. It includes both knowledge and practical based assessment and takes approximately two years to complete. Completion of this course provides the entry requirements onto the Level 3 (Advanced) Apprenticeship.

Level 3 (Advanced) Apprenticeship

This programme again allows the candidate to select a specialism within the field of print and work towards the qualification in a deeper level of study. It includes both knowledge and practical based assessment and takes between three to four years to complete, depending on prior learning. This qualification will allow you to progress onto a foundation level degree.

Award in Printing and Graphic Communications

This is the theoretical element of the programme and is to ensure that the candidate has the relevant level of knowledge to support the practical side of their job. It is delivered in modules and assessed both online and a paper-based test. A class with one of our tutors will take place once a month either at the candidate’s workplace (for larger numbers of candidates from one company) or at a location at a nearby venue.

Functional Skills

Both levels of apprenticeship have functional skills attached to them to help the learner gain the necessary basic skills to meet the needs of the job. In some instances candidates may be exempt from functional skills; however in most cases the candidate is encouraged to futher their skills to the next level of Maths and English

ERR – Employers Rights and Responsibilities

To help all learners engage into to the place of work having left education, they are expected to complete the Employment Rights and Responsibilities handbook. This gives the learner and insight into employment, what to expect and what may be expected of them. The handbook is completed through a series of questions relating to the company they are currently working for.

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills are now embedded into the apprenticeship programme. They help all learners to monitor development within themselves and get the best from experiences of doing an apprenticeship. Action planning, targeting and aiming for a goal.

Support from Learn2print assessors

If you are new to vocational education or coming back to into the education environment, it can often feel quite daunting. Our tutors and assessors are here to offer the relevant support and guidance to ensure you succeed.

Access to the Apprenticeship

Learn2print maintain a database of companies looking to recruit young people onto the apprenticeship programmes. It also, has a database of employers seeking apprentices.  If you or your company wish to become involved in an apprenticeship please contact our team who will be happy to get the process underway. Call now on 0758 402 6401 or email


By clicking on the pdf’s below, you can access both the Technical Knowledge standards and the NVQ standards. These allow you to see exactly what is involved in the content of the apprenticeship within your chosen specialist area.

Printing and Graphic Communications (Theory & Knowledge) Level 2 – City and Guilds

Printing and Graphic Communications (Theory & Knowledge) Level 3 – City and Guilds

Printing Qualifications by GQA