Leather craftsperson apprenticeship

Produce leather or manufacture leather goods for a number of markets

A leather craftsperson produces the leather or manufactures leather goods for a number of markets, from sporting pursuits such as horse riding, golf and cricket, to luxury goods, such as handbags, luggage and lifestyle accessories. In the leather craftsperson role, you’ll work in a small enterprise producing or manufacturing specialist leather and goods, or in a factory as part of a manufacturing team producing larger orders. The leather craftsperson apprenticeship is designed to give an overarching range of skills and knowledge appropriate to both the production of leather and the manufacture of leather goods. The former involves taking raw skin and hides and converting them through chemical and mechanical processing, to produce leather ready for a variety of applications. The latter involves taking leather and forming a finished product from it, often involving processes such as stitching and cutting. Regardless of which method the employer uses, you’ll know and understand the end-to-end process of how leather is produced and the manufacturing processes required to produce a final leather goods product.


Duration: 15 months

Relevant school subjects: DT

Entry requirements for the leather craftsperson 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: £18,000 per annum

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