Software Engineer Technician Apprentice


Employer description: 

For over 40 years, A1 Security Print has provided solutions to help prevent forgery, tampering and counterfeiting on high value paper documents for various organisations throughout the world. 

Working closely with their diverse range of customers to understand the individual challenges that they face in their environment, A1 use their extensive experience as a security printing company to determine the most appropriate combination of covert and overt security techniques to authenticate a document and ensure that it cannot be fraudulently reproduced or altered without detection. 

Watermarked papers, security inks, holograms, security designs and numbering schemes are some of the security features that A1 use to secure printed documents. 


A1 Security Print Services are now looking for a Technical Software Engineer Apprentice to ensure the Security Print Division is supplied with the technical support to meet its manufacturing obligations. 

The apprentice will be a key member of the IT team, they will be expected to make a major contribution to the development and success of the security print division (A1 Security Print and Orion Security Print). The apprentice will offer technical support for any tasks in relation to the IT Department and assist in writing digital print programmes across the security print division. 

Main role / Key responsibilities: [include but are not limited to:] 

  • Creating, amending and processing digital print programs to drive the Nipson, Xerox’s, and any other variable data equipment using Quadient Inspire Designer, or any other variable data software as required across the Security Print Division. 
  • To assist in ensuring programmes are written in a timely manner as per job's delivery requirements and production schedule whilst always maintaining integrity of output. 
  • Providing technical support to the digital operators. 
  • To assist in ensuring the variable data driven production machines across the Security Print Division always have their programme outputs to them and tested prior to them being run on machines.
  • Writing Non-Visual programming jobs for the encoding machines. 
  • Assisting with Patch Management, Hardware Installation, Maintenance and Repair. 

Desirable skills & Personal qualities: 

  • Good communication skills - Building good relationships is fundamental to the delivery of our services. 
  • Organisational skills - The ability to manage your own workload and to work to team and project deadlines. 
  • Teamwork and Cooperation - The ability to work flexibly in a team and contribute to a supportive work environment, working with peers & mentors. 
  • Adaptability and flexibility - Apprentices will work in a fast-paced & exciting environment, learning new skills as a result. 

Entry requirements: 

  • Level 3 Software apprenticeship, or
  • A Level in a STEM subject (within the Technology and Maths fields only) and successful completion of our Aptitude Test, or
  • BTEC Diploma in IT and successful completion of our Aptitude Test, or
  • A minimum of 12 months of experience within the last 24 months or 18 months in the last 36 months in an IT role.

Specific roles that are acceptable are: 

  • IT Support roles e.g. Help Desk, First line 
  • Software testing or any work that utilises basic coding 
  • Any other technical job that uses IT equipment or software 
  • Any data analytics or reporting related role 

You may also have a combination of qualifications and experience which demonstrate the minimum foundation needed for the programme. In this instance you could still be considered for the programme. The learners would still be required to successfully pass the Aptitude Test at first attempt. 

If you hold international equivalents of the above qualifications, at the time of your application you must be able to provide an official document that states how your international qualifications compare to the UK qualifications. 

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Future prospects: 

This is the chance to join an already established IT team and a company that instead of viewing technology as a threat to the printed document, embraces it and uses it in tandem with their print offering to help manage projects and enhance security. 

Important Information: 

QA’s apprenticeships are funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), an executive agency of the Department for Education. 

To be eligible for a Government funded apprenticeship you must have lived in the UK or European Economic Area (EEA) for the last 3 consecutive years.