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Binder and Finisher

Apprenticeship Year 10 Preferred

Also known as Bookbinder and Print Finisher.

Binders and finishers fold, collate, stitch, trim, cover and embellish a range of printed and non-printed products by hand or machine.


    Binders and finishers may perform the following tasks:

  • process sheets of printed material by assembling the sheets, trimming them to size using automated guillotines and then folding the sheets using mechanised folders
  • set up and prepare bookbinding and finishing machines, which assemble pages or attach covers to books
  • prepare and apply the pastes and glues needed to hold books together (if binding books by hand), glue or sew the pages into place and 'build' the cover around each individual book, often using cloths, leathers and fine papers
  • repair damaged bindings


  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • good eyesight (may be corrected)
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • mechanical aptitude
  • good communication skills
  • able to work as part of a team
  • able to pay attention to detail

Interest Area

Manual/Practical Technical/Engineering Literary


Apprenticeship Year 10 Preferred

To become a binder and finisher you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in Printing and Graphic Arts (Print Finishing).

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.


Most binders and finishers are employed by printing firms or specialist binding and finishing companies. There may be some opportunities for self-employment.

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