Hinckley, Leicestershire based Frip Finishing, a provider of specialist packaging and print finishing, is creating four more apprenticeship opportunities in 2017. In addition, the company is seeking to invest in a further two apprentices in production administration, making a total of six new trainees this year. The company, which employs 70 people, operates out of five locations around the UK and of the four apprenticeships available, those in Glasgow and Manchester have already been filled. The new apprentices will join the four who started their training with Frip Finishing in 2016 and the company already has plans to take on four additional trainees in 2018.
The end goal is to achieve an NVQ Level 3 in print finishing, which will take between 18 and 30 months and cover a range of skills including coatings, lamination and foil blocking, that are essential to work competently in this industry. A number of written and on-line assignments need to be completed and trainees are constantly reviewed by the British Printing Industries Federation [BPIF] Training Co-ordinators who act as mentors to the apprentices through the whole training period.