Machinery/Bindery Apprentice - Crossprint Ltd

Salary: £150
Contract Term: Apprenticeships
Contract Type: Full time
Location: Newport
Posted on 15 August 2017
Closing Date: 29th Aug 2017
Job Start Date: September 2017

Apprenticeships / Engineering / Manufacturing / Mechanical and Electrical / Distribution / Miscellaneous / Publishing


Here at The Isle of Wight College we work with a number of employers, in a vast array of industries. A fantastic opportunity has arisen to work for Crossprint Ltd. as a Machinery/Bindery Apprentice.

Are you interested in Operating Machinery and producing work which goes all over the country to customers?Would you like to  know more about the complexities of Printing and potentially have a long term career at the end of the Apprenticeship? Manufacturing is one of the Engineering Pathways so if you are interested in Engineering but prefer to make a finished product then this could be perfect for you!

About Crossprint

Founded in 1974, Crossprint is an established print and design company based on the beautiful Isle of Wight in the south of England. Our specialist knowledge and expertise across a range of fields including; Litho and Digital Print, Creative Design and Marketing Support has given us a large UK wide client base covering all sectors of business as well as private individuals.

 We remain at the forefront of print technology with the aim of providing our clients with a constant high quality, professional and friendly service. The quality of our printing service is ISO 9001 registered. As well as this we strive to maintain an environmentally conscious approach to all aspects of our business.

 We offer a range of print services including short run digital print or traditional large quantity litho print, all suited to an individual or companies needs and budget.

 Our friendly and skilled design team cover all areas of design from branding to web development and from packaging to books. We will strive to produce design that works for you.

 This role would ideally suit someone who is interested in Printing and / or like working with Machines (Engineering) but in more of an operational capacity. 

Crossprint Ltd. is a well established company on the Island and are always busy with work, which means that deadlines are always tight as they have to produce printed work and products for customers by specific dates. All work is completed to a really high standard and so the successful applicant will also learn to check the quality of their own work and get an excellent insight into the world of Printing and Manufacturing. 

This company are keen to take on an apprentice and train them on the various machines in the factory so that they are competent in how they work and what they do. There will be some repetitive tasks but this is how a person becomes excellent in their occupation.

The team are friendly and hard working and they are looking for someone to fit in and enjoy the work being done.

 Have a look at their website and see what they do. Web site:

 Duties and Responsibilities will include:

  • Receiving training on how to operate: Folding Machines, Guillotines, Stitching Machines, Collating machines
  • Learn about Perfect Binding
  • Working to critical timescales and deadlines
  • Ensuring quality is ISO9001-2015 (the quality system which is in place)
  • Being accurate in your work
  • Managing alignment
  • Team work
  • Hand finishing items
  • Working methodically
  • Learning all of the idiosyncrasies of the machines and the different paper types and thicknesses
  • Producing printed items and folded products
  • Working safely
  • Reporting problems to the Production Manager

Skills Required

  • Good communication skills
  • Accurate numeracy and literacy skills
  • Able to work to deadlines
  • Organisational skills
  • Able to follow and implement instructions
  • Excellent timekeeping every day and an understanding that your role within this company is an important one
  • Good concentration - must have your mind on the job

Personal Qualities   

  • Must be willing to learn
  • Reliable
  • Responsible
  • Accurate
  • Eye for detail
  • Interest in Printing and potentially making a career in manufacturing/printing
  • Good communication skills
  • Good work ethic
  • Dedicated
  • Excellent timekeeping
  • Physically fit and some lifting will be involved
  • Must enjoy helping people and have a 'can do' approach
  • Able to ask for help if required

Qualifications Required   

  • Ideally Grade D or above at GCSE (or equivalent level) in English and Maths

Apprenticeship Framework

  • Level 2 NVQ In performing Manufacturing Operations
  • Functional Skills if not already achieved a GCSE D (or above) in Maths and English (or equivalent qualification)

Working Week

  • 37.5 hrs Mon - Fri
  • 08:30 - 17:00 with 1 hour lunch break 

Weekly Wage

  • £ 150.00

The current National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate for apprentices is £3.50 per hour. This applies to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged over 19 in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other apprentices the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The Minimum Wage for Apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus time spent training. For more information visit:

Once qualified, there may be an opportunity to progress to full time employment and/or a L3 qualification, depending on suitability / need Apprenticeship duration 12 - 18 months.

So, if this sounds like the next step you want to take with your career, then please apply below with a cover letter telling us why you feel you would be the ideal person to take on this brilliant opportunity. Don’t forget to attach your latest CV too!!



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