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Apprenticeship Programs

The non-profit Grabhorn Institute supports paid apprenticeship programs designed for those interested in long-term employment and not for a temporary or transitional experience. They provide training in the crafts of typography, letterpress printing, bookbinding, and type casting. Apprentices learn while working on book publishing projects, contract jobs, and type production for the two divisions. Work is full-time and vacation and health insurance are provided. Salary depends on previous experience, with the minimum starting pay $11.00 per hour.

BOOKBINDING: Arion Press, fine printers and publishers of deluxe limited edition books, offers training in bookbinding that will lead to long-term employment. Commitment is for a minimum two years of employment.

PRINTING: Arion Press, fine printers and publishers of deluxe limited edition books, offers training in typography, book design, and letterpress printing that will lead to long-term employment. Commitment is for a minimum four years of employment.

TYPECASTING & FOUNDRY WORK: M & H Type, the oldest and largest surviving type foundry in the United States, offers training in typography, typecasting, and Monotype composition that will lead to long-term employment. Commitment is for a minimum four years of employment: two years in apprentice status, followed by two years in journeyman status.

We wish we could accommodate all the talented and dedicated people who would like to come here to learn book making with us. Currently, we have two apprentices and two journeymen who have completed apprenticeships in the type foundry and two journeymen in the bindery who also completed apprenticeships. These people are also receiving training in the composing room and pressroom from a typographer/printer. We have a master typecaster and a master bookbinder, both part-time, who continue training in their departments. If you should come to San Francisco, we would be happy to meet you and show you the facility during one of our weekly public tours on Thursday afternoons at 3:30 by reservation.

The Grabhorn Institute does not offer internships.

APPLICATION: Please send a one page letter and CV by post or email. Phone inquires: 415.668.2545