printing

Printing

If you enjoy getting creative, working with technology and producing a useful product, a career in the printing industry could suit you

Careers information

What do they do?

Print workers produce a range of printed items that we see, read and use every day. There are many types of printing work, using different print technologies. Some roles are more technical and others are more customer focused.

What kind of jobs could I do?

  • Designer/Prepress Operator - produce eye-catching communications to meet customer needs. Operators ensure files are ready for print and contain all the elements needed for a quality result.
  • Printer - choose your print method: digital, sheet-fed, reel-fed, screen or pad printing. Printers work independently and in teams to produce many types of printed communications.
  • Packaging Machine Operator -  use different machines and technology to create attractive, protective paperboard packaging for many items including food products, beauty products and household appliances.
  • Print Finisher - use a range of hand and machine skills to put the finishing touches on a product. These touches include gluing, stapling, folding, embossing and gold foiling.
  • Production Planner - ensure jobs get processed and produced efficiently and delivered to the client on time. Excellent organisation and communication skills play a big part here.

How could I get into the industry?

Three years of secondary education are recommended to enter training as a fibreboard packaging printer. Useful subjects include English and maths, or credits in literacy and numeracy, technology and computer studies.

Does this sound like you?

Study areas

• Sciences or Workshop Technology

• Creative Arts (Visual / Textiles / Graphics / Performance / Music)

• Computing / ICT / 
Information Management

Attributes

• Good at precision work

• Good literacy and numeracy

• Confidence with IT,
computers, technology

• Good initiative/‘can do’ attitude

Helpful experience

•  Making or fixing things

• Working with machinery

• Working with computers

 

Preferred work environments

• Inside (workshop or plant)

• One place every day

How much can I earn?

Icn Money

Newly Qualified

$30k - $50k

 

Icn Money

5 years experience

$60k - $93k

What do we offer?

  • We partner with your industry association PrintNZ and members of your industry to help recruit and build talented employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry and identifying potential apprentices and encouraging work placements.
  • We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like the annual PrintNZ conference and celebrate your learners’ success, including as a joint venture partner in the annual Print Industry Apprentice of the Year Award. 
  • When apprentices enrol, we assign them a Competenz account manager. Our account managers understand the printing industry and the skills learners and businesses need

National Diploma in Print Industry Management (Level 5) Scholarship

Sign up to the National Diploma in Print Industry Management (Level 5) before 31 March 2016 to go in the draw to win your money back. 

The National Diploma in Print Industry Management (Level 5) is an ideal opportunity to upskill if you are working in the print or packaging industries and are looking to:

  • support your developing career in a management, supervisory, sales or team leader role;
  • move into a management, supervisory, sales or team leader role, or;
  • take the next step up in your career from an apprenticeship.

One lucky person will get the cost of it covered by Competenz. It is worth up to $2,300. Simply enrol before 31 March and you're in the draw.

More information

To enter, please contact Mike Stevens, National Manager Print, Packaging, Signmaking & Journalism: m.stevens@competenz.org.nz I 027 706 5124

National Diploma in Print Industry Management (Level 5) brochure.

Please read the terms and conditions. 

National qualifications

Competenz offers training programmes and apprenticeships to achieve a range of qualifications to that support various printing disciplines and processes

The New Zealand Certificate in Print is available at Level 3 and Level 4. Apprenticeships for printing include the completion of both levels. Other options include completing just one National Certificate or a limited credit training program to suit your particular needs. Specialisations within these qualifications include:

  • Sheet Fed Offset Printing
  • Reel Fed Printing
  • Screen Printing (Flat Sheet / Fabric / Formed Shapes)
  • Dry Offset
  • Digital Processes for Print
  • Pad Printing
  • Direct Mail

Click here for the NZQA qualification overview for Level 3.
Click here for the NZQA qualification overview for Level 4.

New Zealand Certificates in Binding & Finishing are available at Level 3 and Level 4. Apprenticeships for binding and finishing include the completion of both levels. Other options include completing just one National Certificate or limited credit training program to suit your particular needs. Specialisations within these certificates include:

  • Folder Operation
  • Guillotine Operation
  • Hand Bookbinding
  • Machine Bookbinding
  • Print Finishing (Reel Fed / Sheet Fed

Study Programme

Most of the learning for printing and binding and finishing qualifications is completed on the job. Depending on the area of training selected there may be the requirement to attend a short course. Your account manager will advise you on these as necessary.

Click here for the NZQA qualification overview for Level 3.
Click here for the NZQA qualification overview for Level 4.

The Level 5 Diploma in Management – Print is a great way to advance your career in the print industry. If you already work or are planning to work in production, administration, sales or management, this is the ideal way to advance your knowledge, skills and qualifications for the present and future.

This diploma has been designed with flexibility, understanding you already have busy jobs. It is also challenging. Like stepping into a management role, the diploma is a step up from apprenticeships you may have done in the past.

The Diploma in Management – Print is a flexible qualification, providing several options depending on whether you wish to complete just a few papers, or the full diploma qualification. You may be able to have previous study cross-credited to this qualification.

Study Programme

Most of the learning for printing and binding and finishing qualifications is completed on the job. Depending on the area of training selected there may be the requirement to attend a short course. Your account manager will advise you on these as necessary.

Click here for the NZQA qualification overview.