K1: Health and Safety practice and responsibilities: risk assessments, risk control, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), manual handling and ergonomic practice Back to Duty

K2: Health and Safety regulations and procedures: Health and Safety at Work Act, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Back to Duty

K3: Environment and sustainability: Environmental Protection Act, consequences of waste disposal (landfill), energy efficiency Back to Duty

K4: Printing and Graphic Communication Industry and its markets Back to Duty

K5: Print industry: how organisations vary regarding their work, culture, values and production processes Back to Duty

K6: Print industry practices and processes: printing, quality assurance, materials and colour management Back to Duty

K7: The end-to-end production cycle, quality requirements, deadlines and targets, performance rates (efficiency) Back to Duty

K8: Works instructions purpose and requirement: the different variables within materials, colours, machine and wastage Back to Duty

K9: Problem solving techniques: identifying issues and developing solutions for print machinery, digital tools and online services Back to Duty

K10: Data security standards: management of information, data and content in line with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Back to Duty

K11: Equality & diversity in the workplace Back to Duty

K12: Work area maintenance and efficiency: 5S (Sifting, sorting, sweeping, spick and span) Back to Duty

K13: Option 1: Pre-Press Operative. Output image carrier techniques for onward production: print ready electronic files, plate, cylinders and screens Back to Duty

K14: Option 1: Pre-Press Operative. Techniques for the receipt, checking and processing of digital files: print ready permanent data files (PDFs), database, colour and ink profile files Back to Duty

K15: Option 1: Pre-Press Operative. Digital files checks, techniques for solving issues with software and workflow management: colour profiling and data integrity Back to Duty

K16: Option 1: Pre-Press Operative. Proofs: techniques for creating proofs from client files Back to Duty

K17: Option 1: Pre-Press Operative. Calibration methods for proof production equipment Back to Duty

K18: Option 1: Pre-Press Operative. Software packages for pre-press, design or workflow tasks Back to Duty

K19: Option 2: Press Operative. Print presses: methods for the preparation, set up, and shutting down of machinery Back to Duty

K20: Option 2: Press Operative. Properties and structures of materials, inks, toners, blankets, plates, cylinders and the various chemicals required for print operation and maintenance Back to Duty

K21: Option 2: Press Operative. Safe handling, storage and packaging procedures for print materials and chemicals Back to Duty

K22: Option 2: Press Operative. The maintenance requirements and risks for print machinery Back to Duty

K23: Option 3: Post-Press Operative. Print finishing terminology: fold types and ways of conversion of sheets into products Back to Duty

K24: Option 3: Post-Press Operative. Properties of printing materials, adhesives and chemicals: uses and benefits for paper, adhesive, laminate Back to Duty

K25: Option 3: Post-Press Operative. Print finishing equipment, the various types and what it would be used for including any particular safety aspects Back to Duty

K26: Option 3: Post-Press Operative. The maintenance requirements and risks for finishing equipment Back to Duty


S1: Read, interpret and follow information, for example, printing instructions and specifications Back to Duty

S2: Inspect work against specifications and quality standards, for example, works instructions, colour standard, materials or files received Back to Duty

S3: Record information: digital or manual Back to Duty

S4: Follow health and safety regulations, legislation and procedures: PPE, manual handling and ergonomic practice Back to Duty

S5: Follow environmental and sustainability regulations and procedures Back to Duty

S6: Communicate with colleagues: written, verbal or digital. For example, using digital tools such as email, Information technology (IT) telephony, social media, multi-media, video, infographics Back to Duty

S7: Implement solutions as developed by management or supervisors Back to Duty

S8: Identify and report production issues. For example, missing fonts, incorrect materials supplied, wrong adhesive indicated Back to Duty

S9: Option 1: Pre-Press Operative. Select and use software packages for pre-press, design or workflow tasks. For example, MS Office or equivalent, pdf workflow such as ‘Screen True-flow’, ‘Adobe InDesign’, ‘Adobe Illustrator’ and ERP system such as ‘Tharstern’ Back to Duty

S10: Option 1: Pre-Press Operative. Select, check and use equipment for the production of a printed or digital ‘proof’ Back to Duty

S11: Option 1: Pre-Press Operative. Calibrate proof production equipment Back to Duty

S12: Option 1: Pre-Press Operative. Select, check and use equipment for the production of plates, screens, output files and materials Back to Duty

S13: Option 2: Press Operative. Identify and set up printing presses Back to Duty

S14: Option 2: Press Operative. Conduct and log first line preventative maintenance. For example, clean and lubricate printing equipment Back to Duty

S15: Option 2: Press Operative. Inspect the quality of print output during production run. For example, colour management, print resolution and product consistency Back to Duty

S16: Option 2: Press Operative. Follow print press shut down procedures Back to Duty

S17: Option 3: Post-Press Operative. Identify, set up and load finishing equipment with materials. For example, guillotines, stitching-trimming machinery, binding machinery, laminating equipment, die-cutters Back to Duty

S18: Option 3: Post-Press Operative. Conduct and log first line preventative maintenance. For example, clean and lubricate Post Press finishing equipment Back to Duty

S19: Option 2: Press Operative and Option 3: Post-Press Operative. Prepare print material for the next stage in production. For example, palletising; ensuring all material laid in the same direction, boxing, labelling Back to Duty

S20: Option 2: Press Operative and Option 3: Post-Press Operative. Identify and segregate printed materials into those for use in the next stage of production and those for recycling or disposal Back to Duty

S21: Option 3: Post-Press Operative. Inspect the quality of the finishing and report any issues arising during the process. For example, misalignment or gathering Back to Duty


B1: Prioritise health, safety, environment and sustainability at all times Back to Duty

B2: Adapt to changing priorities. For example, working requirements and new technologies Back to Duty

B3: Team focus. Takes responsibility for completing tasks, completes actions within limits of authority without direction and asks for help where required. Back to Duty

B4: Act professionally, for example wears work attire according to the company requirements, respectful, maintains security of business specific and personal data Back to Duty

B5: Self-motivated, manages own time effectively, takes responsibility to complete the task or job Back to Duty

B6: Committed to continuous professional development Back to Duty

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The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In Jan 2021, FE News had over 173,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector, putting us in the top 2,000 websites in the UK.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

FE Voices

FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

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In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.


We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

Education Video Interviews

FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.


FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

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The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

Do you want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

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