Print Industry Occupations

Modern Apprenticeship



This Modern Apprenticeship addresses the changing needs of employers in the print industry to help create a workforce of modern technicians. It covers traditional craft and introduces new technology, legislation and environmental issues. This makes it suitable for new employees or to upskill an existing workforce.

Apprenticeship framework(s)

Your employee will study for a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 5 or 6.

Select each level to see the framework document and qualification(s) at that level. 

Entry requirements

SCQF Level 5

There are no set entry requirements for this Modern Apprenticeship but employees should be employed in the print industry and working in Scotland.

SCQF Level 6

Candidates should have completed the Modern Apprenticeship in Print Industry Occupations at SCQF Level 5, or have equivalent qualifications or experience.

Progression and development

SCQF Level 5

After completing this Modern Apprenticeship, your employees will have the skills and experience needed for the following types of roles:

  • Envelope printer

  • Folding machine operator

  • Binding machine operator

  • Scanning technician

SCQF Level 6

After completing this apprenticeship, your employees will have the skills and experience needed for roles with responsibility for resources, production, safety, quality, efficiency and maintenance. For example:

  • Lead machine printer

  • Mechanised print finisher and binder

  • Carton manufacturer

  • Carton machine operative

Successful employees could also progress onto higher level training, including:

  • Further SCQF qualifications in a print-related subject or complementary areas, such as management or customer service

  • Industry-led courses

  • Part-time, full-time or work-based higher education, leading to an HNC, HND or degree

How does it work?

Apprentices will learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. They’ll also study with a college or other learning provider.

Cost and funding

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider throughout the apprenticeship.

The training contribution calculator will show you our funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees aged 16 to 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet your business needs.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

How long will it take?

It will take between 12 and 24 months to complete.

Need information or advice?

Call our advisors to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships.

0800 783 6000

Sounds right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

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