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Apprenticeship training course

Print operative (level 2)

Assist in the production of a printed product or component.

Qualification level
Equivalent to GCSE.
Typical duration
24 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Artworker
  • Digital print operator or operative
  • Finisher
  • Finishing assistant
  • Finishing operator or operative
  • Flexo operator or operative
  • Gravure operator/operative
  • No 2 printer
  • Post-press operative
  • Pre-press assistant
  • Pre-press operative
  • Pre-press operator
  • Press assistant
  • Press operative
  • Print assistant
  • Print operative
  • Printer
  • Production worker
  • Studio assistant
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Read, interpret and follow information, for example, printing instructions and specifications
  • Inspect work against specifications and quality standards, for example, works instructions, colour standard, materials or files received
  • Record information: digital or manual
  • Follow health and safety regulations, legislation and procedures: PPE, manual handling and ergonomic practice
  • Follow environmental and sustainability regulations and procedures
  • Communicate with colleagues: written, verbal or digital. For example, using digital tools such as email, Information technology (IT) telephony, social media, multi-media, video, infographics
  • Implement solutions as developed by management or supervisors
  • Identify and report production issues. For example, missing fonts, incorrect materials supplied, wrong adhesive indicated

Full information on Print operative (level 2) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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