Bookbinder apprenticeship

Create, maintain, repair and assist in the conservation of books

A bookbinder can be employed within the craft, creative and design sectors, as well as in museums, libraries and heritage and conservation sectors. You’ll learn to apply fine hand bookbinding and craft skills to create, maintain, repair and assist in the conservation of books. During the bookbinder apprenticeship you’ll be responsible for carrying out procedures such as selecting and cutting materials, organising books ahead of restoration and the refurbishment of leather bindings. Using hand tools to cut, stitch, and glue materials together to bindings with paper, cloth and leather covers, you must be competent at every stage of the process. During the production process, you may need to work to deadlines, understanding the costing, scheduling and production aspects of a small workshop.


Duration: 24 months

Relevant school subjects: DT and art

Entry requirements for the bookbinder apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs

Potential salary upon completion: £22,000

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