Bookbinder Print finisher
Bookbinders produce books and catalogues using mechanised processes or traditional methods and materials.
1. Entry requirements
Some employers may expect you to have GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent, in English and maths.
To bind books by hand (craft bookbinder), you'll need a qualification in bookbinding.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
2. Skills required
- practical skills to work machinery
- maths skills to measure and count accurately
- business skills
3. What you'll do
You could work in a print shop on the high street, in the print department of a local council or university, or at a specialist company that does finishing and binding.
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- setting up machinery
- feeding paper into machinery
- reporting machine breakdowns
- taking away and stacking finished products
- cutting paper to the correct size
- folding paper and glueing or stapling sections together
If you're a craft or hand bookbinder, your day-to-day tasks may include:
- using hand tools to make bindings for books and to sew pages
- using traditional materials to add decoration and clean discoloured pages
- producing specialist books like family histories or books for libraries and museums
- repairing antique books
Starter: £14,000 to £17,000
Experienced: £18,000 to £25,000
If you're self-employed, your income will depend on the amount of work you do.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll work 35 to 40 hours a week. You may work shifts.
You'll work in a factory or workshop. Machinery can be noisy so you'll use ear protectors.
If you're self-employed, you'll work from home. You may travel to meet clients.
6. Career path and progression
With experience, you could become a supervisor, or work for a specialist print finishing company.
You could also move into other jobs like printing or sales.
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Last updated: 18 August 2017