Manchester based Photography Apprentice (Full Time)


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Photography Apprentice – Job advertisement

Nuttersons is a design agency consisting of a small team of designers and developers who provide a broad range of design and web services to clients all over the world. We are looking for an enthusiastic photography apprentice to work alongside our team. The right candidate must be a self-starting individual, with good organisational and written skills. They must have an appetite for producing great-looking, effective images.


Job Title: Photography Apprentice
Reporting To: Graphic designer
Job Location: Manchester, City Centre
Salary: £120 per week + Annual bonus
Holidays: 20 Days Holiday (plus Bank Holidays).

Main Purpose of Job

We are looking for someone with a passion for design and a keen interest in photography for print and web. You will be working as part of a small team. Your primary roles will be to communicate with team members and clients, and to ensure all projects are completed effectively and efficiently.

Detailed Duties

  1. Assisting with creating and updating images for print
  2. Assisting with creating and updating images for web
  3. Communicating regularly with other team members
  4. Communicating via email with clients, and telephone when required
  5. Assisting with managing projects from beginning to end. Including; initial contact, quotations, closing sales, concepts, production, signing off, updates and reviews
  6. Assisting with managing outsourced photographers, designers, illustrators, programmers, researchers, marketers (training will be given)
  7. Assisting with installing and maintaining hardware and software
  8. Meeting agreed deadlines
  9. To work both independently and as part of a team
  10. Assisting with expanding our photography services through developing sources of new business
  11. Working as part of a team to produce high quality, consistent imagery to tight deadlines
  12. Assisting with retouching, manipulating, processing, uploading, scanning, watermarking and key wording images
  13. Assisting in the operation of professional level imaging equipment
  14. Conception and implementation of own creative ideas
  15. Management of image archive system and image cataloguing
  16. Organising photography shoots
  17. Copyright - learning about copyright infringement cases and registering images.
  18. Researching potential clients for new business opportunities
  19. Following up existing contacts and prospective clients by phone to market opportunities
  20. Using social media to engage potential clients and analysing social media engagement
Please note that this list is not exhaustive and you may be required to undertake additional duties of a similar responsibility level as and when required.

Person Requirements

We are looking for someone who has a keen interest in photography for print and web. We want someone who has experience using camera and editing software alike. We need someone with excellent communication skills and the desire to work hard, be creative, learn new things and develop their skill sets.

Essential Skills / Experience / Qualities:

  • No formal qualifications required
  • Experience using photography equipment
  • Experience using computers
  • Experience using Microsoft Office products (word and Excel)
  • Experience using websites
  • Experience sending emails
  • Knowledge of photography composition
  • Be familiar with Microsoft Office products (word and Excel)
  • Accuracy and consistency as a photographer
  • A passion for photography
  • Be practical with a keen eye for detail
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good communication skills, writing skills and people skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Good IT skills
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Able to correctly prioritise tasks
  • Ambitious and motivated
  • Enthusiastic about all aspects of work
  • Positive attitude, persistent and resilient
  • Willing to travel occasionally
  • Must be keen to progress, learn and adapt to new environments and challenging situations
  • Not afraid to get involved in a project outside of a traditional skill set

Beneficial Skills / Experience / Qualities:

  • Experience editing images
  • Experience organising photography shoots
  • Dealing with customers (in person / via email / on the phone)
  • Experience of Adobe Photoshop
  • Interest in images for print
  • Interest in images for web
  • Knowledge of marketing
  • Sales experience
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Willingness to learn new skills and rise to new challenges
  • The persistence to work hard to achieve the best possible outcome
  • Experience of breaking down large projects into smaller tasks and prioritise them accordingly
  • Understanding of cost and best value
  • Able to establish and maintain excellent relationships with clients

Apprentice Scheme

This vacancy is part of the government apprenticeship programme. The successful candidate will spend one day a week at college, and four days a week in our offices gaining first-hand experience.

The successful candidate will follow the Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Photo Imaging. This is designed to give apprentices the skills to work in the Photo Imaging industry, either as a photographer or in digital image production.

The Apprenticeship programme lasts one year, and on completion the apprentice will have gained valuable qualification and will be offered a full-time graphic design role.

The Apprenticeship covers the following:

  • Understand legal and ethical requirements relating to photo imaging
  • Contribute to good working relationships
  • Ensure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety
  • Agree the photo imaging brief
  • Undertake colour management procedures
  • Undertake the photographic assignment
  • Plan and organise the photographic assignment
  • Evaluate and acquire photo imaging technology and/or equipment
  • Start up and shut down laboratory equipment
  • Use minilab equipment to process and print images
  • Operate a digital kiosk to edit and enhance images
  • Process exposed films
  • Print photographic images by hand
  • Print photographic images by machine
  • Produce scanned images
  • Undertake technical adjustment of images
  • Prepare image output
  • Send and receive data digitally
  • Maintain the imaging system
  • Undertake image asset management
  • Plan, set up and control the digital workflow
  • Research and access images
  • Source and acquire Images
  • Carry out the process of image cataloguing
  • Store and preserve images
  • Record audio-visual journalistic material
  • Edit audio-visual journalistic material
  • Manage and market own freelance services
  • Facilitate and manage trainees
  • Improve the customer relationship
  • Manage personal development
  • Manage own professional development within an organisation
  • Support learning and development within own area of responsibility

Option units include:

  • Keep stock on sale at required levels in a retail environment
  • Display stock to promote sales to customers in a retail environment
  • Provide information and advice to customers in a retail environment
  • Maximise product sales in a retail environment
  • Process payments for purchases in a retail environment
  • Source required goods and services in a retail environment
  • Monitor and evaluate the quality of service provided by external suppliers
  • Maintain the availability of goods for sale to customers in a retail environment
  • Audit stock levels and stock inventories in a retail environment
  • Evaluate the receipt of payments from customers

Qualifications awarded

At the end of the programme apprentices will have achieved:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Photo Image Capture and Presentation
  • Level 3 Diploma in Photo Imaging Competence
  • Functional skills in Maths, English and ICT
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

What are the career opportunities?

On completion of this apprenticeship, apprentices will have many opportunities to develop within the following areas:

  • Photography
  • Web design
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Client management

How to apply

If you are interested in applying please send a covering letter and a CV to [email protected]

Closing date: Friday 6[SUP]th[/SUP] December 2013

No Agencies, please.