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Printing Hand

No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

Also known as Binding Assistant and Printing Assistant.

Printing hands operate basic binding machines, perform manual binding and finishing of books and printed products and carry out routine print-related tasks.

Printing hands work with single and multi-colour printing presses.

They can be employed in small or large firms.


    Printing hands may perform the following tasks:

  • fold, arrange and fasten printed products by hand or with the aid of machines
  • perform manual binding and finishing operations
  • carry out quality control checks
  • operate specialised machines such as mini binders and automatic carton-folding machines
  • assist with setting up folding machines and check folded articles
  • assist with the operation and adjustment of machines
  • assist with the setting up and monitoring of the operation of automated binding lines
  • carry out minor repairs and routine maintenance
  • clear waste and clean work areas and machines
  • handle and transport materials around the work areas


  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • good eyesight (may be corrected) and normal colour vision
  • able to carry out detailed work
  • aptitude for mechanical work
  • aptitude for working with computers

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No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

You can work as a printing hand without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job.

You can also become a printing hand through a traineeship in Printing and Graphic Arts (Print Production Support) or Printing and Graphic Arts (General).

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

Additional Information

    Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Printing and Graphic Arts Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.


Newspaper and printing firms employ printing hands. Newspaper firms may be located in city, suburban and country areas. As printing processes become increasingly computerised, demand is greatest for people with experience or training in the latest printing technology.

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