A day in the life of a Print Operative

  • Timothy Evans
  • 4th February 2020

To get an insight into what a typical day is like in the BIDBI production room, we transformed into a fly on the wall and followed Tim, one of our print operatives, around to see what his day consists of.

What’s the first thing you do when you get to work in the morning?

“I walk to work so once I’ve arrived, I like to get myself a cup of tea. Before I start the day, I’ll have a brew and have a chat to the other printers before we get started. We’re on our feet most of the day so it’s important to make sure I start the day right!”

So, post brew, describe a typical day.

“Well, there’s no typical day in print really but today, for example, I went to the board and checked the job list for the first print of the day. One of the team will then find the sheet with the design, pick out the screen, and pick the ink that would have been made the day before. Once we’ve got everything we set up the machine, that involves finding the right size boards for the bag, and setting up the squeegee.”

“We do one initial print, and then take it to the design team, where they will check it over and suggest any changes. We’ll perfect the print and then get going with the completing the order. Depending on the complexity of the design, it may take a fair few tweaks before it’s good to go. It can be frustrating when that happens, but that’s all part of the fun!”

"We work in teams of three, one loading, one unloading and one on quality control, checking and counting bags. We switch it up so we’re always doing a different task throughout the day.”

“Once we’ve finished a job, we’ll always treat ourselves to a well-deserved cup of tea and a break.”

You’ve been part of the BIDBI team for over a year now, what’s the best part.

“I like the camaraderie amongst the team, we’re just a big group of mates. It makes our breaks so much more fun when you’re just able to sit and talk to your friends, rather than being surrounded by people you don’t get on with.

It’s really rewarding printing a design that you like, there’s a lot of ownership of what you do so it’s really fulfilling, and it’s challenging which keeps it interesting.”

As you know, BIDBI is now organically accredited. What do you think?

“I think it’s a really good thing, as an environmentally friendly company it’s definitely what we should be doing. It’s great to be part of a company who’s making a difference and taking steps to continue to improve the sustainable production of textiles.”

Thanks Tim 

If you are interested in a career as a Print Operative see our list of vacancies here.