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Reprographic assistant

Alternative titles for this job include Print room operator

Reprographic assistants use copiers, scanners and printers to make documents, brochures, leaflets and pictures.

Average salary (a year)

£17,000 Starter


£25,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

39 to 41 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become

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How to become Reprographic assistant

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


You could take a college course to learn some of the skills you'll need. Courses include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Reprographics
  • Level 2 Award in Graphic Design

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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You could start by doing a print operative intermediate or a print technician advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Direct Application

You may need some GCSEs to apply directly for jobs, for example maths, English, IT and art and design. Experience in using desktop publishing software will also be helpful.

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Further information

You can find out more about careers in reprographics from the British Printing Industries Federation.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • design skills and knowledge
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • analytical thinking skills
  • observation and recording skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day duties you may:

  • take customer orders
  • help prepare designs and layouts for print runs
  • work out timescales, costs and the number of copies required
  • programme instructions into copying, scanning and printing equipment
  • make sure machines have suitable levels of inks, chemicals and toners
  • mount printing plates, if working on a press, and line them up correctly
  • monitor the progress of the copying run and quality check samples
  • finish copied items by trimming, binding or laminating
  • perform basic equipment maintenance and cleaning
  • record job details and order supplies

Working environment

You could work in an office or in a workshop.

Your working environment may be physically demanding.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a departmental supervisor or production controller.

In a print shop, you could become a shop manager.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Digital Printer

  • Wage: £15,392 a year Annually
  • Location: Hampton Lovett Industrial Estate, Lovett Road, Droitwich Spa

Print Operative Apprentice

  • Wage: £16,993.60 a year Annually
  • Location: 2 Chester Road, Colmworth Business Park, Eaton Socon, St. Neots

Courses In England

Desktop Publishing (Microsoft Publisher) - Level 1

  • Start date: 15 July 2024
  • Location: London

Graphic Design | Introduction

  • Start date: 25 September 2024
  • Location: Brighton

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