Saturday, February 17, 2018


At Holywell we offer exciting opportunities for highly motivated, self starting individuals who wish to join the team at Holywell. We offer competitive salaries plus a generous benefits package.

Below is our current list of vacancies and job oportunities we are looking to fill.


Machine printing Apprentice

We are starting the process to search for a suitable apprentice to join us here at Holywell Press.

The apprenticeship would primarily be based on Machine Printing, but as we are a small team, then a flexible approach will be required to assist in the works bindery as well. Because of the variety of machinery that we have here, the apprenticeship would be Level 3 and would take up to 3 years to complete.

The Apprentice would have an Apprentice Contract of employment as specified by the BPIF, and would be paid and have all of the other benefits as per our present workforce. We would take on the would-be Apprentice under our normal 3 months’ probation, and could check his or her aptitude and abilities. After this point we would enrol the Apprentice on the full Level 3 Apprenticeship.

Our ideal candidate will have:

• A good education, ideally to an ‘A’ level standard.

• Will be physically fit, as machines require loading and unloading of heavy paper stocks.

• An ability and keenness to learn a trade and become a valued member of our team.

• A person who can understand and take instruction, but also demonstrates initiative.

• Their attitude will be pro-active with a will to do the best job possible.

• As we are a small team, the willingness to assist other production staff in the bindery.

• A ‘can-do’ work ethic, wanting to produce a high-level of work.

We are looking for our candidate to show a keenness to join an organisation who continue to produce excellent quality, and service our clients, as we have done so for over 125 years! Any new member of the team will become a valuable asset, so it is important that we can see a commitment from the candidate, which will be matched by the company.

Apprentice Framework

The apprentice will complete core elements: an NVQ portfolio, a Technical Certificate, and Key Skills/Functional Skills qualifications. The Apprentice woks at Holywell Press, receiving on-the-job training from more experienced colleagues, supplemented by guidance and tutorial support from the BPIF (British Printing Industry Federation) Training Co-ordinator.

City & Guilds 5400 – Portfolio – paper based or online.

This would be monitored and regularly assessed by the BPIF. Their training Co-ordinator would make regular visits to us to assess and ‘sign-off’ modules which apply to Machine Printing.

Technical Certificate - City and Guilds 5405

201 Working in the print Industry, 302 Productivity, 306 machine Printing.

Functional Skills

Maths and English – A computer assessment is carried out via the BPIF Training.

Delivery of Programme

Training Provider and Assessor – BPIF Training

Verifier – BPIF Training.

External Verifier & Awarding body - City and Guilds.

The qualification is split into units and occupational pathways that cover the different print processes, and can be tailored for candidates to gain an accreditation that meets their work-based requirements.

The Machine Printing apprenticeship is the mechanism for developing the skills needed to deliver excellent results in the workplace. It includes the technical knowledge and the key skills required within their daily activities.

The Level 3 Apprenticeship is aimed at candidates who will be running multi-unit printing machines (Machine Minder) and eventually working without direct supervision. The machine operator must have a full working knowledge of multi-unit presses and must be capable of keeping the press properly adjusted. This will include: making the press ready, running the press, control output and quality and to plan and implement maintenance.

Purpose of qualification.

The objective of this qualification is to reflect the work of candidates who undertake Machine Printing, level 3. They provide a statement of competence that testifies to the ability of candidates to meet the company objectives. They cover support system, process and services and recognise that employment in Machine Printing involves a diverse range of functions, tasks and activities that are constantly developing in the light of our company requirements.

The apprenticeship assess a candidate’s competence against national occupational standards for machine printing at Level 3. Candidates must prove they are competent in a wide range of activities.

Benefits of the apprenticeship

The Employee will benefit from:

• A clear understanding of their responsibility within the organisation

• A clear understanding of their influence within the organisation

• The opportunity to develop new skills

• The recognition of existing skills

• A recognised and respected qualification.

Applications in the first instance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Junior Sales Executive Salary Range: 16K to 20K Dependent upon experience

A fantastic opportunity has arisen to join a Company that was established in 1890 and which has an excellent reputation in the Oxford area. Holywell Press has a requirement for a Sales Executive.

We are looking for someone who shares our vision and values and who believes in no compromise over excellence. Great customer service is at the heart of everything that we do and you must share this ethos.

This is an exciting and diverse role as we offer web design, graphic, digital and litho print and print finishing and produce a broad range of printed products. We are looking for someone who has a passion for selling, is target orientated and wants to gain experience of working in the print industry. This is an excellent opportunity to work alongside an experienced Sales Manager and learn from them.

Knowledge & attributes:

• Knowledge of the print industry is desirable but not essential

• Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills

• Has a strong work ethic and ability to network

• Demonstrate a strong desire to work in sales

• Able to use own initiative

• Is highly motivated proactive self-starter

• Be a car owner with a full clean driving licence Key Responsibilities

• Research and business intelligence gathering

• identifying new sales opportunities

• Generate new leads

• Following up on all leads in a timely manner

• Making effective outbound calls with key decision makers

• Account managing and taking responsibility for own accounts

• Business-to-business cold calling

• Attend networking events

• Customer visits

• Liaise with clients to fully understand their requirements

• Develop long term client relationships and add value

• Achieving individual sales targets


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