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Printoff Graphic Arts Apprentices – you’re hired!

Firmly believing young people are the talent of tomorrow, Printoff have used the National Apprenticeship Service through local providers including Nelson and Colne College to source enthusiastic young adults who have a clear idea of their career path, wanting to earn and learn at the same time. Our apprentices are employed in varying departments within the business including Business Administration and Print/Reprographics.

Listen to what two of our Apprentices have to say about having their feet on the first rung of the career ladder, working at Printoff!

Hannah Calderbank

Business Administration Apprentice

  1. Why did you choose to go down the Apprenticeship route?
    I chose to go down the apprentice route because I wanted to get stuck in and start working straightaway as well as learning along the way.
  2. Why did you choose to do a (Business Administration) Apprenticeship?
    I chose to do business administration because it’s something I’ve always seen myself doing in the future and I know I will enjoy it in the future.
  3. Since working with Printoff what have you learned about the printing industry?
    I have learnt a lot since working at Printoff and learnt that there is a lot to remember! I have learnt about the different printing methods, different colours, machines and paper sizes and weights.
  4. What does your particular role involve?
    My particular role involves working in client services and supporting Carly and Nicola with booking jobs in, quotations and helping them out.
  5. What can you tell me about the department you work in at Printoff?
    I can honestly say that it is a very upbeat department and everyone knows how to have a laugh with each other. They are serious at times when they need to be but know how to have a laugh and work at the same time.
  6. How does your role at Printoff tie in with your College programme?
    It ties in very well because I learn a lot about business admin at work and then I can take it to college and use it in my lesson as well.
  7. What have you most enjoyed about your Apprenticeship with Printoff?
    I have enjoyed being able to work with different people and learning all about print.
  8. What do you find most challenging about your Apprenticeship?
    I find it challenging being able to remember everything about print! But I know in time I will be able to remember it all and support everyone.
  9. Where do you see yourself in 3 years’ time in terms of personal life and career?
    I see myself hopefully still working at Printoff but with a lot more knowledge of print and then progressing further.
  10. Give 5 words to describe your experience to date at Printoff…
    Amazing, exciting, challenging, educational and unique.

 

Mark Fawcett

Print & Reprographics Apprentice

  1. Why did you choose to go down the Apprenticeship route?
    I find it best to learn by doing and apprenticeships are the quintessential way to do that.
  2. Why did you choose to do a Print & Reprographics Apprenticeship?
    Working in Print & Reprographics means I have to solve a lot of problems while working with creative materials, which I thought, would be a good combo. The job is varied and interesting.
  3. Since working with Printoff what have you learned about the printing industry?
    Everything! I learnt about all the small details, so easily be overlooked, that go into making a quality print product. In particular I have realised the importance of: impositions, bleed, Pantone colours, process colours and all about different sorts of paper.
  4. What does your particular role involve?
    I work in Digital print and Reprographics. In digital I liaise with clients on proofs, operate digital presses and prepare artwork and variable data etc to run on the presses. In Repro I am responsible for imposing jobs and producing Sherpa proofs to check if I have done it right. I also make plates and look after the plate setter.
  5. What can you tell me about the department you work in at Printoff?
    Digipro is a fun department to work in, someone is regularly faced with difficult situations like a difficult imposition or with the notoriously temperamental colour press, but problems are always solved without fuss. We are a capable and, I like to think, approachable department.
  6. What have you most enjoyed about your Apprenticeship with Printoff?
    I enjoy the responsibility I have been given. I am trusted with difficult and important jobs and that feels good. This is most intense when either Julie or Anthony are off I have to cover their roles, it’s always challenging but enjoyable.
  7. What do you find most challenging about your Apprenticeship?
    Initially it was the sheer amount of things to learn just to be able to understand how to, for example, make plates that would produce the correct output on the press and all the finishing stages after that.
  8. Where do you see yourself in 3 years’ time in terms of personal life and career?
    I would like to have provided an idea that has been implemented that has really improved the way we do things as a company.
  9. Give 5 words to describe your experience to date at Printoff
    Friendly, trustworthy, precise, diligent, methodical.