About the framework
This framework sets out the standards and the criteria for the delivery of a level 3 apprenticeship framework to achieve qualified status within the print industry.
If you successfully complete the framework, you'll be awarded a level 3 qualification showing recognition as a qualified person within the industry.
Achievement of a level 3 apprenticeship in print will be assessed by verification through the appropriate awarding body.
You must complete a competence-based and knowledge-based qualification from one of the pathways below along with the mandatory essential skills.
Mandatory essential skills
To successfully complete the apprenticeship, you must achieve the following essential skills qualifications as part of the apprenticeship or already hold a recognised equivalent:
- application of number – level 2
- communication – level 2
However, any qualifications you already have are assessed against the framework requirements and may result in an exemption from the above.
If you haven’t got a level 2 ICT qualification, your training contractor is strongly encouraged to offer ICT Essential Skills level 2 as well as the essential skills above.
Competency and knowledge qualifications – pathway options
You must complete both a competence-based and a knowledge-based qualification in your chosen pathway, selected from the options below.
Pathway one: press
Pathway two: post press
Pathway three: pre-press
Pathway four: print administration
Pathway five: packaging
Eligibility and entry to the programme
You must be employed, and have achieved a minimum of grade D in both GCSE maths and English or their equivalent, to enter this level 3 apprenticeship.
Entry to the level 3 apprenticeship is by progression from the level 2 print industry apprenticeship.
You may also enter the level 3 apprenticeship, subject to assessment by the training contractor and employer, if you've:
- already gained significant work experience in this occupational area, which could be considered as meeting the requirements of the level 2 printing industry framework, and also demonstrate the capacity to achieve a level 3 standard
- previously achieved a relevant level 2 recognised vocational qualification that is a mandatory requirement of the current apprenticeshipsni level 2 printing industry framework
Employers may also apply their own criteria at recruitment.
Employers and providers must make sure that learners have the potential and opportunity to gain the apprenticeship successfully.
See also the DFE Operational Requirements
Apprenticeship duration can vary and will be agreed between the apprentice, training provider and employer.
The qualifications will be assessed as per the awarding organisation’s centre requirements. Assessment will take place both during and at the end of the apprenticeship, with completion being dependent on successful achievement of the qualification elements.
Assessment methods include:
Portfolio of evidence
As you complete a task in the workplace that shows you have achieved appropriate levels of skill, knowledge and behaviour, you will store details in the portfolio as evidence. Portfolios can be paper based or electronic.
Observation of performance in the workplace environment
You may be observed by an assessor performing a task or tasks in the workplace against the assessment criteria for the relevant unit(s).
Witness statement or testimony
A signed personal statement from an appropriate person may be used to describe how you performed a task in the workplace or produced your evidence for assessment.
Oral/ professional discussion/ interview
A discussion between the apprentice, your assessor and (possibly) the employer about practical tasks completed including how they were carried out.
Employers may wish apprentices to undertake additional automation and e-commerce skills in-house training where this is not already covered in the qualifications.
Such additional training is optional and is not funded by DfE.
All pathways must include mandatory induction.
Employee rights and responsibilities (ERR) must be covered and confirmation of completing ERR must be included with the request for the apprenticeship certificate.
It's the training contractor/ college's responsibility to make sure the requirements of this framework are delivered in line with apprenticeshipsni operational requirements.
The apprentice must be employed from day one.
The content of this framework (framework number 349 issue 7: 12/20) has been developed between the Department for the Economy and the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Sectoral Partnership (working with NSAFD). For further information, contact: