Championing Apprenticeships

Alex Pinner, No. 1 Printer at PCP has successfully completed his BPIF Level 3 Apprenticeship in Machine Print.

Alex started his apprenticeship with PCP back in 2012 and last year after successfully completing the programme Alex was offered a full time permanent position as a No. 1 Printer.

This is Alex’s story so far…..

‘What made you decide on an Apprenticeship?’

I chose to go with an apprenticeship after I’d completed my course at Stafford College, where I was studying graphic design. I’d been there for 3 years and I didn’t feel that University was the right choice for me at the time as I was a bit fed up of being stuck in a classroom. I was told about the apprenticeship by a family friend and what really attracted me was the fact I could carry on learning whilst getting out there and doing a real job. For me the apprenticeship was definitely the right thing to do.

‘How would you describe your experience so far?’

I definitely believe that this is the best decision I’ve made in terms of my career so far. Working alongside the BPIF in my apprenticeship my mentor Steve Power really helped me to get to grips with printing and everything that comes with the job. Coming to PCP I’ve learnt from some very experienced people. I’m also grateful to have learnt my trade on the old sheetfed Mitsubishi 6 colour because it was very hands on being an old machine. This gave me valuable experience that I can take with me throughout my time as a printer. I’ve also been lucky enough to work on web presses in my time here at PCP, only for a brief time but I believe this has given me good knowledge on how other print presses in the company operate. For me the most challenging part of my time here at PCP has been the install of the new RMGT Sheet Fed Press where I’ve had to learn a new machine and be trusted to run it on my own after just 6 weeks.

‘What are your career aspirations?’

I’ve not really had a big think about this to be honest the past 5 years have flown by. But I see myself here at PCP in the future and I would like to push on towards a Team leader role in the future once I’ve gained enough experience.

‘What would you say to anyone who might be considering an apprenticeship?’

I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship to anyone who wants to take a step into the working world but still wanting to learn. It’s a great way to get valuable experience while earning a good wage. It’s not all about filling in a work book and I’ve definitely learnt more by getting stuck in and speaking to experienced printers around me.

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