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Footwear & Leather Working Trades

Workers in this unit group make and repair shoes, cut out, make up, sew, decorate and finish leather and leather substitute goods other than garments.

Tasks

  • Uses hand tools or machine to cut out, trim, punch holes in or stitch guide lines on leather or leather substitute component parts
  • Positions leather and rubber footwear component parts on lasts and shapes and joins uppers to insoles and soles
  • Uses hand tools or machine to make up and repair saddles, harnesses, belts, straps and other leather products
  • Uses hand and machine tools to sew and stitch leather and/or other material in the making and decoration of footwear and leather goods other than garments
  • Prepares paper or paperboard master patterns of component parts of footwear
  • Waxes, cleans and finishes footwear and other leather goods.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal academic requirements although some employers may require GCSEs/S grades. Training is mainly on?the-job. NVQs/SVQs are available in some areas.


What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £23,000 per annum and can progress up to £26,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 1,180 employed Footwear & Leather Working Trades in the region.

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