Digital reprographic print room professionals help to create printed materials, such as flyers and reports.
While it is possible to enter into entry-level positions with no qualifications, many employers seek candidates with GCSEs in English and ICT. Work experience in print production organisations is likely to put candidates at an advantage.
Training for new recruits is generally provided on-the-job. In-house training is likely to be supplemented by courses run by printing equipment manufacturers. Reprographics staff may also be able to work towards gaining industry-specific City & Guilds certificates and NVQ qualifications.
Employment opportunities for digital reprographics print room specialists can be found across the UK. The main employers include print companies and local authorities and universities with their own printing departments. Vacancies tend to be advertised through trade publications and recruitment agencies.
Reprographics staff usually work 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday. However, extra hours may be necessary to meet deadlines. It is possible to find part-time and shift work in this profession. Print room tasks may be conducted in an office or workshop. The work may involve frequent bending and standing, as well as heavy lifting.
Salaries for print room staff tend to start at around £8,000 a year, rising as experience and qualifications are gained.