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Set within an industry steeped in tradition, the leather trade supports the pursuit of excellence in its traditional craft skills whilst also embracing innovation and technology. Typical day-to-day duties may include:

  • The production of leather (processing and finishing);
  • Quality check materials and components for faults;
  • Leather cutting operations;
  • Skive materials (shaving/reducing weight) ready for next stage of production;
  • Prepare materials ready for next stage of production;
  • Ink / paint raw / cut leathers edge;
  • Hand / Machine sew leather components and where applicable assembles the components to produce the finished product;
  • Examine finished leather / leather product for quality;
  • Repair and/or rework leather/leather goods;
  • Package product and label for onward journey.
  • What will I study?

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

    • Tools, equipment and machinery used with a range of materials for leather production processing such as Moisture content testing meter, Thickness measurement gauge, Trimming knives & shears, Edge tools, Pricking iron, Skiving machine and Bench splitter.
    • Leatherworking practices and importance that leather manufacture has on the economy.
    • Use equipment in accordance with safe operating procedures and manufacturers? instructions
    • Implement efficient and effective use of materials by closely following instructions and minimizing waste.
    • A questioning attitude, to understand the processes and associated industrial applications.
    • Intervention, to challenge poor practices and channel feedback to the appropriate authorities to implement change. 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 leather 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
    • To complete your apprenticeship you will have to pass an end point assessment
  • 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 leather 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)