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    Hi everyone,

    I have a small question. I have just recently finished a 3 year level 3 advanced modern apprenticeship at a well known (i think), international company.

    My role is to operate and maintain my (Bobst) 'Die, Cut and Crease' machine' as well as keeping a very high standard of quality. - Thoese of you who are familier with the printing industry, especially within the carton manufactor sector will hopefully know what role i am explaining (or trying to) :-)

    So i've got my apprenticeship City and Guilds certificates along with my technical certificates and i'm a happy bunny. But i can't help but want to keep learning and gaining more knowlege of my job.

    My question is an important one to me - What do i do now?

    I'm wanting an other course to do. I like a long distance learning course as i work full time so i guess that rules out University - is there anything else for a person like me without uni?

    Your help would be greatly appreciated!

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    I never knew I would meet another person who works in the printing industry lol. I myself work for a commercial printer (B2) and I stumbled across this thing called Bobst for die cutting shapes straight out of sheets without notches a few days ago.

    If you're looking to learn more then have you thought about learning to run the cylinder?

    I don't know if you can learn much of the print finishing business by going to university or doing courses as there are not that many courses about which specialise in print finishing. Either way, I think you can learn a lot more through hands on experience instead of reading books as all my training in estimating comes directly from working rather than going on a course.
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    Hello

    Thanks for your reply! What are you running MAN Rolands or Heidelberg? :-)
    I'm actually thinking of doing an other apprenticeship / adult traineeship in machine printing - I'm moving to Newcastle soon as the Bradford site of the company is to be shut!

    Newcastle have just bought two new Heidelberg XL 105's to acompany there Roland 900's and Komari's that are already up there. So i may apply for a job there as a printer as its always interested me :-)

    As far as courses go, i agree, there isnt really much for us out there - which i think is a shame really!
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    We're currently running the Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 74 6 colour press (Maximum sheet's B2).

    That sounds like a B1 Printing Company that you work especially them heavy duty presses! If you can learn to become a printer then that would be excellent as it would provide you with tremendous skills in both finishing and printing but both are almost opposite ends of the spectrum.

    But as a finisher, wouldn't you be better off learning to run the cylinder with die cutting and creasing or is that all done on the Bobst? Excuse my ignorance as I'm not too sure about what the Bobst actually does as I've heard you can die cut shapes without notches and that's about it. There's also folding, stitching which are key areas of finishing to get into or even wirobinding, PUR binding, case binding, etc.

    I dunno, maybe it's best chatting to your finishing supervisor or production manager to see what else you can get into if you intend to stay on at the same company

    Lol, I still can't believe that I'm chatting to someone about printing outside of work and someone who understands the processes involved
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    Hey,

    Indeed, if i could learn how to print as well as cut that would be great - not many people get to be 'duel-skilled' :-)

    Haha printing doesn't seem to be such a good career choice anymore - the industary has been hurt badly by oversees company's undercutting :-(
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    Yeah, it's understandable as we've lost a few jobs thanks to these cheap printing companies from countries like China and India. But of course their paper won't have any sort of approval e.g. FSC. Plus Printing as a career can be hard to get into as you would often need the knowledge and experience of how it all works from pre-press to printing to finishing. Yeah, if you can learn to become a Printer as well as a Finisher then you'd end up with a lot of valuable skills.
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    (Original post by IcEmAn911)
    Yeah, it's understandable as we've lost a few jobs thanks to these cheap printing companies from countries like China and India. But of course their paper won't have any sort of approval e.g. FSC. Plus Printing as a career can be hard to get into as you would often need the knowledge and experience of how it all works from pre-press to printing to finishing. Yeah, if you can learn to become a Printer as well as a Finisher then you'd end up with a lot of valuable skills.

    I'm going up to our Newcastle plant next week for an introduction / tour - So hopfully i can enquire about a printing apprenticeship whilst im there :-)

    By the way, what company do you work for? I work for Chesapeake (formally Field Packaging)
 
 
 
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