Vacancy – Lithographic/ Digital Print Apprentice

The Role

As a machine printer, your work would involve:

  • matching colours to the pre-press proofs
  • restocking ink levels
  • feeding the print materials into the presses
  • putting job data into computerised control units
  • carrying out quality checks during the print run
  • identifying problems and fixing faults
  • cleaning presses after a print run has finished (either by hand or using automatic cleaning systems)
  • carrying out basic machine maintenance.

You would mainly work on a particular type of press, but you would train in a variety of printing techniques.

  • digital printing – using inkjet and laser printing methods
  • lithographic  – the most widely used method and often used for large print runs such as catalogues, newspapers and magazines

On the large presses, you might work as part of a team, but on smaller machines you could be responsible for all the tasks involved in the print run.


Normally work 40 hours a week, possibly on a shift system which could include nights. Overtime is often available.


Starting salaries for apprentice printers are between £7,800 age 16 to 18 and £9,810 age 18 to 21 a year. Experienced machine printers can earn from £20,000 to £35,000 a year. Extra payments may be received for shift allowances, specific responsibilities and overtime. (Figures are intended as a guideline only)

Entry requirements

GCSEs (A-C) including maths and English, or equivalent qualifications and a good standard of general education in science subjects and IT. You would also be required to have good colour vision.

About Us

Warwick Printing is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and has always believed in investing time and money into apprenticeships.  We believe that learning about the role from the grass roots is very important and is great way of producing a highly skilled and experienced workforce of the future.

Interested then contact with a CV and covering letter or call 01926 883355 to find out more.

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