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Apprenticeship Bookbinding

Apprenticeship Bookbinding

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Published by Sabine Erlewein

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Published by: Sabine Erlewein on Jul 26, 2013
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Apprenticeship as a bookbinder (reference number 26/13)
On behalf of a client company
Beltz Druckerei und Buchbinderei inBad Langensalza/Thuringia, we are looking for an apprentice in bookbinding. Beltz GmbHhas a long tradition in book binding but also offers new services like e-book and cross mediapublishing, typesetting etc.Bookbinders manufacture books, brochures and other printed material in crafts and industrialenterprises. Depending on their operating field they work with different machines but also doartisan work by hand. Typical production sequences are cutting, creasing, binding, punchingand perforating, among others.
About the apprenticeship
duration is 36 months (which is the regular duration of an apprenticeship in Germany)
It consists of practical and theoretical training.
Practical training is done in the company and sometimes in a training facility; theoreticaleducation is done in a vocational school. Therefore
you won’t just learn the theory but
also gain hands-on practical experience in this vocation.
You receive vocational training pay.
Training content
The apprenticeship has three specializations: Bookmaking (in series), print processing (inseries) and batch and special production.Bookmaking (in series)Bookmakers check and evaluate the quality of delivered materials and work mainly withmachines. Occasionally they cut, crease, mate, glue and bind manually.Before the production process starts bookmakers determine the production sequence, thematerial flow and set up the machines so that many books of the same kind are thenmanufactured in serial production. After production is finished bookmakers wrap theproduced books for single or batch shipping.Print processing (in series)The working tasks of bookbinders in print processing are similar to those of bookmakers butinvolve additional activities. After checking and evaluating delivered material they also determine the productionsequence, the material flow and set up the machines. They mainly work with machines, too,but produce mostly magazines and brochures with different types of bindings.Often, this printed material is further processed into personalized, target group oriented,specialized products. The combination of printed and bound material with additions likestickers, samples, enclosures and media is part of the task spectrum of print processing. Atthe end of the production process they also wrap and prepare the goods for shipping.Batch and special productionBookbinders in this field work mainly manually. They create individual copies and smallseries of books as well as library bindings using different kinds of binding materials. Another work task is removal of damages, repair of books as well as mounting maps, plots andpictures on support material. They also frame pictures and produce portfolios, folders,cassettes and other items.The variety of tasks, materials and options makes scheduling of production and advisingcostumers crucial elements in batch and special production: After an order is placed theworkflow is to be organized and coordinated by bookbinders in batch and special production.
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