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A footwear manufacturer is someone who produces children?s, ladies?, or men?s shoes, boots, sport and dance footwear, trainers or slippers within factory or smaller studio production environment. Footwear manufacturing is a highly respected, skilled trade. As an apprentice you will be working in the footwear industry and your typical daily duties will include;

  • Cutting materials (mostly leather)
  • Skiving (thinning materials)
  • Closing (sewing the upper part of the footwear)
  • Lasting (forming the footwear)
  • Attaching the sole
  • Finishing the footwear
  • Quality inspection and packing to company specification
  • What will I study?

    In this apprenticeship you will be required to cover the following core skills, knowledge and behaviours:

    • Health and safety
    • Footwear construction process
    • Footwear tools, materials and equipment
    • Footwear practices
    • A proactive approach to Health and Safety procedures, personally and towards colleagues
    • Demonstrate a positive mind-set towards maintaining high standards of quality precision and excellence at all times
    • Are self-motivated and punctual at all times
    • A positive and proactive approach to respectful communication and team working
    • Respond positively and flexibly to change, new requirements and changing priorities
    • Recognise and appreciate equality and diversity in the workplace A training plan will be devised to suit the individual circumstances and company resources available. Minimum requirements is to ensure the candidate is provided with 20% off the job training
  • Who is this course for?

    This course is ideal if you have an interest in footwear and fashion, have a creative flair and good eye for detail. An apprenticeship is ideal if you want to;

    • Achieve a qualification
    • Gain valuable work experience and career development
    • Earn while you learn
  • How is the course assessed?
    • 1 day at college day realise
    • Develop a portfolio of evidence
    • Assessments in the work place
    • 3 off sites visits
    • To complete your apprenticeship you will have to pass an end point assessment
  • Your Study Programme

    Generally, your study programme will be required you to attend college for one day per week. Alternative programmes may be designed on a individual company basis

  • General info

    All materials needed for the course are fully provided by Northampton College.

  • Progression and Career Opportunities

    After successful completion of this course you could progress your career within the footwear industry or onto a higher level qualification.

  • Entry Requirements for new students
    • Applicants will typically hold:
    • 4 x GCSEs grade 9-3
    • Equivalent L1 qualifications appropriate to the apprenticeship
    • Initial assessment (BKSB and free-writing) will demonstrate the applicant is working at Entry 3 for English and mathematics
    • In the absence of the above, a professional discussion may be offered to confirm suitability for the programme and likelihood to achieve.

    *All applicants will be invited for interview with an apprenticeship advisor and the employer

    • Equivalent qualifications will be considered.
    • In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.
  • Admissions Process

    Be prepared to sit English and maths assessments. You will need to bring copies of your certificates for any qualifications already achieved A copy of your CV or application The interview process will include an informal advice and guidance session with one of our apprenticeship advisors in preparation for a formal interview with an employer (subject to suitability for the course and job)