Apprenticeship Training

Print Scotland is the lead apprenticeship training provider for the Scottish Print Industry and offers Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ’s) and Modern Apprenticeship (MA) certification in print. Modern apprentices undertake a workplace print training programme which is aimed at improving technical and interpersonal skills and are based on National Occupational Standards (NOS). These standards at SVQ level 2 & 3 ensure that qualifications are relevant to the current and future needs of the Scottish Print and related industries.

For employers there is a range of SVQ qualifications stretching across a number of key occupations and for maximum flexibility various pathways (routes) can be taken. Print training is agreed with a GES assessor and specialised support workbooks are supplied. SVQ’s are available to people of all ages and listed below are the current print qualifications with course duration period ranging from 12-36 months.

  • SVQ Pre Press level 3 Route 1 – Digital Print, Route 2 – Digital Artwork, Route – 3 Image Carrier Production.
  • SVQ Post Press Level 2 Route 1 – Print Finishing
  • SVQ Post Press Level 3 Route 1 – General Print Finishing Route 2 – Case Binding Route 3 – Soft Binding.
  • SVQ Press Level 2 Route 1 – Machine Printing
  • SVQ Press Level 3 Route1 Sheet-Fed Lithography Route 2 – Web-Offset Route 3 – Flexography Route 4 – Screen Printing Route 5 – Gravure Route 6 – Digital Printing/Pre Press
  • SVQ Carton Manufacture Level 3
  • SVQ Print Administration Level 2
  • SVQ Print Administration Level 3

A few comments from some of the Print Scotland Apprentices

I really enjoy being a print apprentice and learning new skill every day. I also like seeing all the different jobs and specifications that come through the door each day.

It’s very satisfying when you reach a stage where you can run jobs by yourself.

Hayden Edgar
Machine Printing Apprentice, ALBA printers

When I became an apprentice I didn’t know much about the industry but I’ve learned a lot including how important the products are to other companies and industries.

My greatest achievement to date was designing, printing and finishing all of a new customers material from start to finish where else can you be that involved in the different processes.

Robert Simpson
Pre-Press Apprentice, Minuteman Press

The printing industry is much closer knit than anywhere I’ve worked before and you are actually able to grow strong relationships with those you work with and for that matter anyone in the industry.

My main achievement is that I’m trusted to work alone and to achieve a high level of quality.

Joe Birchall
Pre-Press Apprentice, Allander Print