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Printing assistant Printer’s assistant, print room assistant

Printing assistants work in all stages of the print process.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £14,500 to £20,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll need a good standard of general education, including GCSEs in maths and English. You’ll also need to be well organised and have good IT skills. 

You may be able to start through an apprenticeship.

The British Printing Industries Federation has more information about working in this industry.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • excellent attention to detail
  • the ability to work to deadlines

3. What you'll do

You’ll be:  

  • taking delivery of print materials from suppliers
  • downloading and scanning documents and artwork
  • following the print operator’s job instructions
  • checking the quality of work
  • reporting problems to supervisors
  • keeping work areas clean and tidy
  • preparing print orders ready for despatch

4. Salary

Starter: £14,500 to £16,000

Experienced: £17,000 to £20,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work between 37 and 40 hours a week, which may include shifts.

You’ll be based in a workshop, print factory or retail outlet, depending on the size of the business.

6. Career path and progression

With experience and further training, you could become a pre-press operator, machine printer or specialise in desktop publishing and reprographics.

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Last updated: 09 October 2018