Apprentice IT and Data Assistant - Universal Smart Cards Limited

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Job Summary

Location: Portsmouth PO3 5RX
Salary per week: £153 - £163.46 dependent on experience
Working hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm (flexible)
Applications in by: 05/08/2018
Interview Date: 07/08/2018
Job Code: CT29383

An Apprenticeship is a great opportunity to start or develop your career with a salaried job and free training.

Unique opportunity to join a very successful business undertaking technical setup of card bureau work including proofing, data preparation, machinery setup and reporting, in-house pre-press studio service and providing IT support to card bureau operation.

Universal Smart Cards is a market leader in the implementation of smart cards and associated products. Having shipped over 100 million products worldwide, we are able to offer clients a vast array of smart cards, card readers, card printers and accessories, together with RFID wristbands and RFID key fobs, plus RFID labels and tags and more!

Click to learn more about Universal Smart Cards Limited

Duties will include:

Studio Artworks and Proofs

  • Supply press ready artwork from client files where required.
  • Produce proofs for card production / personalisation.
  • Amend client artwork, where possible, for corrections / amendments.
  • Check client artworks for press suitability when required.
  • Help & advice may need to be given to Sales & Marketing Teams to assist with securing further orders

Card Bureau Job Data Setup

  • Generate job data using templated scripts.
  • Generate new scripts for job data setup.
  • Produce labelling & printed proofs to enable card bureau staff to run the jobs.
  • Setup machinery where required including printers, hot foiling, milling & embedding.

Manage Localised IT

  • Produce log files for orders (where required).
  • Ensure company FTP service is available to clients when required, including additional login/password generation.
  • Maintain bureau computer systems for admin & production (including databases, network & servers).


  • Keep office & personal work areas clean & tidy.
  • Keep refuse bins emptied.
  • Test fire alarm weekly and record in log.

Other information:

  • This company will be moving office to Portfield Industrial Estate in Portsmouth. However interviews may be held at:

Endeavor Business Park
Penner Road

During the first 18 months you will complete

  • IT Application Specialist Apprenticeship Framework Level 3

Skills required:

  • Computer Literate
  • Knowledge of operating systems
  • Microsoft Office proficient (extra training in Excel may be offered)
  • How to use emails
  • How to use Skype
  • Telephone confidence

Personal qualities:

  • Eye for detail
  • Ability to follow patterns
  • Ability to see differences in data
  • Thorough and meticulous in your work style

Qualifications required:

  • GCSE or equivalent in Maths and English grade C(4) and above is preferred but not essential


  • 20 days paid holiday and 8 statutory days holiday
  • Christmas Shut Down

Future Prospects:

  • Full time employment after successful completion of the apprenticeship

Applications in by: 05/08/2018
Interview Date: 07/08/2018
Job Code: CT29383

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