Print Operative Apprenticeship

Start your journey into the dynamic world of the print and graphics communication sector with a level 2 Print Operative Apprenticeship.

The Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard for Print Operatives 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).

This apprenticeship can be completed in various industries with employers varying from smaller shops to multinational organisations. These companies may be in:

  • Physical printed security products 
  • Functional printing on a variety of materials
  • Reading material
  • Personalised gifts
  • Packaging
  • Advertising materials

During this 24-month program, all apprentices on this course must complete a core unit and an optional additional unit. These units are:

  • Pre-press operative
  • Press operative
  • Post-press operative

Some activities that you may complete depending on your sector can include:

  • Using software packages
  • Maintaining and using equipment for production
  • Quality control
  • Sustainable disposal of materials
  • Problem-solving
  • Working as part of a team


Maths and English qualifications are a mandatory part of the apprenticeship and must be completed before the apprentice gateways—further information on apprenticeship funding rules.