Apprenticeship Scheme

FIAUK offers apprenticeship scheme.

This apprenticeship can be applied to various operational performances and can incorporate the FIAUK Academy modules to suit individual requirements. Companies are also able to draw down on the new apprenticeship levy fund.

Lean Manufacturing Operative Apprenticeship

(LMO) level 2

The Lean Manufacturing Operative (LMO) level 2 apprenticeship is a nationally recognised qualification and is designed to provide individuals with the knowledge, skills and behaviour to enable them to carry out manufacturing activities on multiple products with different specifications consecutively.

The qualification is suitable for new or existing employees of businesses within the sector range from small family run manufacturing operations to large multi-national companies.

This qualification benefits employers by demonstrating the quality of a workforce to existing and potential customers, as well as maintaining employee morale and motivation. Employees benefit from acquiring the evidence base for potential progression and career development in the industry.

The recommended time for completion of the apprenticeship framework is 13 months.

Delivery includes a combination of classroom-based delivery, on the job assessment and project driven activities. All delivery takes place at the candidates place of work and FIAUK modules can be used in the progress of the apprenticeship to boost learning.

Partnering with the BPIF, FIA offer a level 3 Print Technician Standard

As part of our focused education offering, we now offer a second apprenticeship in partnership with the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF)

Print Technician Standard Apprenticeships

The apprenticeship will supplement this core knowledge by enabling participants to specialise in one of three pathways – pre-press technician, press technician or post-press technician. The programme includes non-mandatory modules through interactive units, covering topic areas such as printing plates, paper substrates, fault finding, anilox rollers and metering systems.

The course is Level 3

The Print Technician Apprenticeship is the new Level 3 programme for the flexo printing and packaging industry, covering core knowledge of the print production process, including:

• Paper science
• Pre-press
• Press
• Post-press

FIAUK members can draw down on the Apprenticeship Levy to fund their apprenticeship training

The Apprenticeship Levy was introduced in April 2017 in the UK for companies with wage bills over £3 million. They pay a levy of 0.5% of the bill through PAYE to fund apprenticeship schemes.

All companies are then able to draw down on this levy to fund apprenticeship training programmes, as long as they provide 10% of the costs.

FIAUK has partnered with SkillCert to offer LMO Level 2, which is a nationally recognised qualification and incorporates the Academy training modules.

For a full overview of the FIAUK training programme, please read PDF or for further information, please email FIAUK.

About SkillCert

SKILLCERT is a training provider specialising in delivering apprenticeships and quality bespoke training solutions for businesses in all major sectors across England and Wales. It is able to provide a superior service by engaging experts from industry to deliver its programmes, as well as utilising associate partners who have undertaken an extensive due diligence process in order to provide a quality service.

In addition, SkillCert senior management team have over 40 years’ experience of delivering apprenticeships. It is currently supporting a wide range of Levy paying customers with apprenticeship programmes. As part of this process it is integrating regulatory and added value training needs into existing apprenticeship frameworks and new trailblazer standards.

About BPIF

BPIF (the British Print Industry Federation) is an independent trade association boasting a 120-year history, dedicated to the needs of the printing industry. The organisation provides sector-specific resources, includingtraining and qualifications, Health and Safety, Human Resources and Environmental support, and both primary and secondary research projects. 

In addition, the organisation lobbies for the interests and needs of the print industry on behalf of its members, with the aim of creating more upward commercial momentum for the sector. 

Degree Apprenticeships

Packaging Professional Degree Apprenticeship – Sheffield Hallam University

FIAUK was part of the steering group which developed the first UK degree level packaging industry apprenticeship.

Participants will gain a Level 6 BSc degree in Packaging Technology and the course lasts for 48 months.

Please contact the University directly for more information.

FIAUK is proud to be supported by a number of partners

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