Intermediate Standard for Print Operative Level 2

The Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard for Print Operative’s is suitable for those wishing to get started in the print industry, whether that be in Pre-press (design or image carrier preparation), Machine printing (All processes) and Print finishing (all disciplines).

The Print Operative Apprenticeship will allow you to develop new skills and develop your knowledge of the printing industry. You will be expected to attend monthly classes with highly educated and experienced tutors whilst working with experience people from the industry. A training plan is set up at the start and a salary is agreed with the employer.

Entry Requirements

A Grade D/3 or above, or equivalent, is desirable for the Level 2 Apprenticeship. In cases’ where this grade has not been achieved initial assessments will be carried out on an individual basis to establish suitability to the course. In some instances, it may be necessary for the Apprentice to study Maths and/ or English alongside the Print Apprenticeship programme.

Course Content

The Level 2 Standard for Print Operative has been designed by employers and experts in the industry to provide essential training in all aspects of print, including Pre-Press, Machine Print and Print Finishing roles. It is delivered over 24 months plus an additional 3 months for End Point Assessment (EPA) by a designated awarding body. 

From the outset the Employer will make the decision as to which area of the company they wish their Apprentice to specialise in:

Pre-Press – For those involved in digital design and creating digital print ready artwork. It may also include the manufacture and production of the image carriers involved in some processes. 

Machine Printing – This is for those involved in the setup, operation and management of the printing machines across a wide range of substrates and processes.

Post Press – This is for those involved in the operation of finishing equipment for example: Guillotine, Book Binder, Folding Machine. etc. 

During the designated study days industry experienced and qualified tutors will deliver all the underpinning knowledge according to the route being studied. All learners will be expected to cover some core elements. Throughout the course the apprentice will be support in building a portfolio demonstrating knowledge and competency ready for the End Point Assessment. The employer/workplace mentor will play a significant role in developing the practical skills assigned to the job and between you the training and development will be logged. 20% of the learner contracted working hours MUST be designated to personal development and training. We refer to this as the Off the Job Training.  

End Point Assessment

Whilst all the theory is delivered by the training provider Learn2print, each learner will be expected to prepare and go through end point assessment (EPA), this will be conducted by an external awrding body selected by the company. The end point assessment will consist of the following elements: 

  • 50 minute professional discussion
  • 2 hour observation
  • 20 Multiple Choice Questions

How the Apprenticeship is funded

The total cost for the Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard is £8000

Please contact us for the latest methods of funding and financial incentives.