How to become a Binder and Finisher

Binders and finishers fold, collate, stitch, trim, cover and embellish a range of printed and non-printed products by hand or machine.

Personal requirements of a Binder and Finisher

  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • good eyesight (may be corrected)
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • mechanical aptitude
  • good communication skills
  • able to work as part of a team
  • able to pay attention to detail.

Duties & Tasks of a Binder and Finisher

Binders and finishers may perform the following tasks:

  • process sheets of printed material by assembling the sheets, trimming them to size using automated guillotines and then folding the sheets using mechanised folders
  • set up and prepare bookbinding and finishing machines, which assemble pages or attach covers to books
  • prepare and apply the pastes and glues needed to hold books together (if binding books by hand), glue or sew the pages into place and 'build' the cover around each individual book, often using cloths, leathers and fine papers
  • repair damaged bindings.

Avg. weekly wage:

$833

Future growth:

decline

Employment by state:

ACT 3.4%

NSW 56.8%

NT 1.5%

QLD 12.3%

SA 6.9%

TAS 0%

VIC 11.3%

WA 7.9%

Hours worked:

39.5

Unemployment:

below average

Gender split:

Proportion of male workers 82.4%

Proportion of female workers 17.7%

Education level:

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 10: 0%

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 12: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 100%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Proprortion of workers aged below 35 years: 45.5%

Proportion of workers aged above 35 years: 54.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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